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The Frugal Feeds us Cake

Brace yourselves ladies, today’s guest poster is actually a dude. Don’t let the cold, British “Hey look at me, I use big, smart non-American words” attitude fool you, Nick over at Frugal Feeding is such a quality person. Just don’t tell him that I think the world of him. It will ruin the witty {on my behalf. not on his} banter back and forth between the 2 of us. In all seriousness though, he has such an incredible blog full of wonderful recipes and photography that perfectly encapsulates his passion towards cooking. It is a no-brainer as to why this guy is one of my favorites. 

This is my very first guest post, but I shan’t be approaching it with any trepidation what so ever. Neither shall I be indulging in a self-deprecating gush about my gracious host; though, it should be said that some offers are far too good to be refused. Of course, there isn’t anything fundamentally wrong with a jolly good gush, apart from the fact that such a thing would be bally well out of character.

Deciding on what to make for this occasion proved incredibly tricky. Cara, bless her soul, said that my recipe needn’t pay heed to her dietary requirements. However, ignoring such an important part of her life simply wouldn’t do – such a thing would be both rude and foolish. Besides, it would have made very little sense to post a recipe that would appear incongruous in the eyes of her readers. Since I’ve gone to such extraordinary lengths as to pick out all of the suitable ingredients from my cupboard and arrange them into a barely discernible mass, I fully expect Cara to make this herself. If she fails to do so, I shall be forced to appear disconsolate until my dying day. Then again, that may well turn out to be next Wednesday.

In truth, gluten free cakes probably appeal to me more than those which contained run-of-the-mill flour. In general, they turn out a little moister and ever so slightly more flavourful. This probably has everything to do with the fact that all of my gluten free cakes contain ground almonds; an ingredient eminently more toothsome than the usual suspect. Indeed, everything was going swimmingly until the need for egg arose. It would have been such a waste for me to have purchased an egg substitute
for this; we keep hens and it is difficult enough to use all of their eggs without supplementing them with an impostor. However, a good egg substitute will certainly get the job done, since the carrot already plays the part of a rather wonderful cake adhesive.

I hope you enjoy my first foray into baking cakes which seem to contain so very little that their existence still surprises me. However, the photographical evidence is before you. One and all can bear witness to its actuality – though, not yet to its deliciousness.

Carrot and Raisin Cake:

Makes one 9” cake

Ingredients:

100g caster sugar
75ml rapeseed oil
2 eggs, or suitable substitute
150g ground almonds
100g raisins
250g carrots, grated
½ tsp mixed spice, be generous
½ tsp gluten free baking powder
The zest and juice of half a lemon

Method:

1. Grease a 9” springform pan and heat the oven to 180C. Begin by whisking together the oil and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, or the egg substitute little by little. Fold in the almonds, raisins, carrots (which should have had as much of their juice wrung from them as possible), spice, baking powder and lemon juice/zest.
2. Transfer this to the lined pan, level off and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown on top. Once cooked remove it from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack. Leave to cool completely.

Cost: The one negative of gluten free baking is that it is often a little dearer than the good ol’ fashioned way, but needs must. However, despite this fact, the cake you see before you ought to come in at a rather reasonable £2.

76 Comments Post a comment
  1. ninaherbert #

    What a delectibly moist cake. Thank you Nick, and Cara for the introduction.
    By the way, two quid for a cake sound rather good to me. 🙂

    May 3, 2012
    • ninaherbert #

      I made this last week. It was FAB! Only lasted a day and a half. 😀
      Thanks again

      May 15, 2012
  2. PolaM #

    This cake looks great! Must be delicious!

    April 29, 2012
  3. Great guest post! This cake looks AMAZING! I’d like to have a slice of it right now. 🙂

    April 29, 2012
  4. I am so hungry for cake after reading this, I love how the moisture comes from the grated carrot- that is just awesome!

    April 29, 2012
  5. i love this cake! all the almonds carrots and raisins! i just need some cardamom and i am done. great going nick! i should show some of his posts to hubbs. who knows he might get inspired.. though then we would need 2 kitchens!
    and i just google.. sorry bing all them words!

    April 27, 2012
    • I love how you googled the words–that is one step further than I was willing to take 🙂 And yes! 2 kitchens at your house. 1 for you and 1 for me. That’s what you meant right??? 🙂 ha

      April 28, 2012
  6. This is my kind of gluten-free recipe–I love baking with almond meal/flour. It adds so much depth to the flavor of baked goodies. I’m a bit obsessed with carrot cakes as of late. Can’t wait to give this one a go. Thank you!

    April 27, 2012
    • I have yet to start using almond flour–I’m afraid it won’t turn out as good because I don’t use eggs. But from the looks of your blog, you know what you are talking about so you and Nick both might just be inspiring me to do so 🙂

      April 28, 2012
  7. Well done you two! I can’t imagine two people I adore more getting together! This cake looks amazing and flat out crazy impressive!

    April 27, 2012
    • Party at Frugal’s house. He is bringing carrot cake 🙂

      April 27, 2012
  8. egg me on #

    Coming here from Frugal Feeding. This is a great recipe, and a really great site! Adding you to my bookmarks.

    April 27, 2012
    • Hi Egg Me On! Welcome 🙂 So glad you made your way over here!

      April 28, 2012
  9. Yum! I only recently discovered carrot cake – I just made a traditional one, but the addition of raisins is definitely one to try out soon!

    April 27, 2012
    • Who knew that vegetables in dessert form could actually be good huh? I cannot wait to try this cake out either 🙂

      April 28, 2012
    • Believe me once you go raisins you’ll not go back.

      April 29, 2012
  10. This looks spot on, Frugal! I just need to translate it to my measuring devices, and think it might be a nice treat for Sunday 🙂

    April 27, 2012
    • Are you giving out invitations for Sunday? 🙂

      April 28, 2012
      • Ha, good thing I didn’t! It’s going to have to wait until my most recent nut flour order hits 😉 It’s on my to-do list though!

        April 30, 2012
  11. oOo this looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try this but am wondering if can be down with cashews or another nut? No worries, though, I’ll try it and report back.

    April 27, 2012
    • Do you mean chunks of cashews as well as ground almonds? Or do you mean to replace the ground almonds. If it’s the former, then fine; if it’s the latter, I have no idea.

      April 27, 2012
      • I mean the latter, I need gluten-free and almond-free. Nuts I can have are pecan, walnut, and cashew. Thoughts??

        April 27, 2012
    • What about hazelnuts Meg? Let me know how it works out.

      April 27, 2012
  12. Sarah C #

    Is this seriously flour-free? Only ground almonds? I am totally going to have to try it!!!! It looks gorgeous and now I have a new blog to read – thank you!!!

    April 27, 2012
    • I was thinking the same thing! I can’t believe that a cake this pretty is gluten-free. Bravo, Nick!

      April 27, 2012
    • And he is not even gluten-free which makes it all the more jealous-inducing, right???

      April 27, 2012
  13. When I saw the word “British” I had keep to reading this! Just kidding. 😉 The recipe was great. I’m looking forward to more guest posts in the future!

    April 27, 2012
    • Being British apparently gets you into many doors apparently… ha!

      April 27, 2012
  14. I’m glad to see the British are making their mark here on this site. Nick is a quality dude and I’m glad his guest post led me here!

    April 27, 2012
    • It’s like I always say, I need more Brit in my life 🙂

      April 27, 2012
  15. thank you Cara, for another entry into my reader! I have already poked around Nick’s place, and have found three things I want to make.

    this cake looks simply perfect.

    April 27, 2012
    • Like I said, he is one of my faves and I just knew he would be the same for everyone else 🙂

      April 27, 2012
  16. GAH! You beat me to it! My next post, my very next one, is going to be on making your own almond flour! That stuff is dang expensive on this side of the pond, but it is far and away the most delicious gf flour substitute I’ve ever had the pleasure of shoving in my pie hole. How’d ya like that language? Ya bet yer ass I’m classy. But I didn’t mention boogers or pee so I’m ahead of someone I know…

    April 27, 2012
    • Who would ever mention boogers and pee in their comments to someone’s blog. That is classless and disgusting. That person is probably repulsive and friendless…
      I cannot wait for that next post, B! What a great idea.

      April 27, 2012
      • Repulsive, yes. Friendless, no… X,O Lol!

        April 27, 2012
        • *cue big cheesey grin* How do you think she gets friends in the first place? Her repulsiveness is ultra attractive 🙂 Or so I hear…

          April 27, 2012
  17. Bloody awesome, Nick! Toothsome and jolly good moistness going on in this cake! Brilliant and well done, old chap! Tally-ho! 🙂

    April 27, 2012
    • Best laugh of the morning! Goodness Spree, I needed that–thank you.

      April 27, 2012
  18. Frugal is indeed one of my most favorite bloggers! Love this gluten free cake. As usual, Frugal has posted a most brilliant recipe. And I adore his use of big words too. Although I am like baker Bettie and have to have my dictionary out while reading Nicks posts. Haha! Love your blog Cara. Can’t wait to browse.

    April 27, 2012
    • Karista, I too use a dictionary. No, actually I just nod my head in agreement as if I was going to use that word if he hadn’t 🙂 Love Nick! Hope you like what you find here..

      April 27, 2012
      • thanks Cara! Fabulous blog and recipes. I too am gluten free and dairy free, although because of my work I still post recipes using both ingredients. However at home it’s a different story. Can’t wait to try some of these yummy recipes. So glad to have found you!

        April 27, 2012
        • Loving YOUR blog! Cannot wait to stalk you 🙂

          April 27, 2012
          • haha! Thanks Cara! Stalk away as I’ll be stalking you as well 🙂

            April 27, 2012
  19. Wonderful recipes just emanate from your being as well, Nick! I’m so impressed that you could create this cake.. it would have intimidated me to no end to do gluten, wheat.. and, well, everything free vegan, etc… a daunting task!! Beautiful, luscious cake !!

    April 27, 2012
    • Isn’t he just incredible? He does it so effortlessly too, it’s rather sickening 🙂 <–in a delightful way

      April 27, 2012
  20. Laurel #

    Astounding, most especially since its creation ’emanates’ from a GF newbie. It appears to me one could also dispense with the eggs and yet enjoy a most satisfying repast. Ambrosia though begs, nay demands, to be baked and so it shall be. Lovely erudite post. hehe

    April 27, 2012
    • Ohmygoodness, Laurel. You need to stop! I cannot decipher more than one person’s beautifully poetic, though completely over-my-head vocab 🙂 You crazy!

      April 27, 2012
  21. Another great guest post! Nick’s blog (and carrot cake) look incredible. You’ve never steered me wrong! 🙂

    April 27, 2012
    • It’s such a beautiful cake, huh Willow? I think we all should travel overseas to Nick and demand this to be made for us 🙂

      April 27, 2012
  22. This recipe is not only gluten free, but grain free too! Good job Nick!

    Although, I had to get out my dictionary like 5 times during this post. Quit trying to be so damn smart Nick! 😉

    April 27, 2012
    • RIGHT??? He did it on purpose because never have I seen so many big words in one of his posts before. ha!

      April 27, 2012
      • I KNEW it was on purpose! Nick, we are onto you!

        April 27, 2012
        • So annoying, and it’s not like he has to say more than 1 big word before we feel like a moron anyway. Regardless I will always nod my head and act like I know what he is trying to communicate.

          April 27, 2012
        • It honestly wasn’t! I don’t try it simply emanates from my being.

          April 27, 2012
          • Up yours. hahahaha

            April 27, 2012
          • Laurel #

            “it simply emanates from my being.” Don’t be fooled Cara, he’s having you on. Oxford does that to a fella. 🙂

            April 27, 2012
          • Somer #

            Your use of a plethora of intelligent multi-syllable words is half the reasons I read your posts, I can’t help but laugh half the time! Guaranteed that’s why readers love you.

            April 27, 2012
            • For me, it’s intelligence through association. I feel like I am smart because I hang with smart people 🙂

              April 27, 2012
              • Somer #

                Is there a better way to feel smart? 😉 Love it!

                April 27, 2012
                • Some say education but I think that is completely overrated!

                  April 27, 2012
  23. Wow this cake looks amazing! I love carrots and dried fruit and anything with almonds is delishhhhhh! Love Nick’s writing style too, can’t wait to check out his blog! 🙂

    April 27, 2012
    • Doen’t it though? Despite the fact that he’s British, Nick is super awesome 🙂 ha

      April 27, 2012
  24. another blog to follow. This looks delish.

    April 27, 2012
    • And the list gets bigger, doesn’t it?

      April 27, 2012
  25. wow- this cake looks amazing! i can’t believe the only “flour” in it is ground almonds! i need to make this!

    April 27, 2012
    • He’s a show-off, isn’t he?

      April 27, 2012
  26. Alexiasana #

    i LOOOVE carrot cake! whenever i feel like treating myself to a nice breakfast (which is whenever i have a little bit of time in the morning) I make a carrot, raisin and buckwheat bake. it has the same ingredients as yours, except i half half buckwheat and almond flour and sometimes sub with coconut flour or even quinoa flour, whatever i feel like that day! amazing recipe and yes, although gluten free baking is a little bit more expensive, buying a slice of “normal” cake on a daily base can get even pricier! 🙂

    April 27, 2012
    • This carrot bake recipe is on your blog, yes? 🙂

      April 27, 2012
      • Alexiasana #

        not yet but i will put the recipe up soon!

        April 29, 2012
  27. ooo this cake looks amazing! I love reading Frugal Feeding so it’s lovely to see a guest post on here 🙂 thanks Cara and Nick!! I’m going to give this cake a go and hopefully impress my gluten free mother in law – Bonus points!!

    April 27, 2012
    • You SO are getting bonus points. And you know it will taste amazing because Nick is a genius of some sort 🙂 hehe. Okay, okay, he is a master in the kitchen. There, I said it.

      April 27, 2012

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