I have made this cake 4 times since we unpackaged our Thermomix TM6, just a few weeks ago. We have used it so much for so many of the cookidoo recipes but this has become one of my faves to make. I have altered the ingredients to make them vegan and gluten-free and the outcome is a tasty, moist – sorry, cake! I have found cutting down on the amount of orange used, thickens up the icing and if you are using a fan oven, turn down the temperature around 10degrees. The preparation only takes 15minutes in the Thermomix and I haven’t tried this manually but I couldn’t not share my adaptation!
Cake – Ingredients
- Your choice of oil, for greasing
- 300 g carrots, peeled and cut in pieces (3 cm)
- 3 bananas with 1 cup of water
- 350 g brown sugar
- 50 g vegan (free from) cream cheese
- 160 g vegan butter – I like to use flora
- 250 g Gluten Free flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp fine sea salt
Cream cheese icing – Ingredients
- 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
- Half of an orange, thin peelings of skin only
- 300 g cream cheese
- 15 – 30 g agave syrup
- Orange skin shavings for decoration
Preparing the cake
- Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a round cake tin (Ø 20 cm) with baking paper and grease the sides.
- Place carrots, bananas with water, sugar, cream cheese, butter, GF flour, bicarbonate of soda, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt into a mixing bowl and mix until fully mixed. The Thermomix does this in around 10 seconds! You should be left with a watery batter
- Transfer batter to prepared cake tin and bake 60-75 minutes (180°C) – cover cake with aluminium foil after 45 minutes if it begins to get too dark. The cake is cooked if it springs back when pressed with a fingertip. Cool in tin for 30 minutes then remove and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.
Preparing the cream cheese icing
- Grind half an orange in a mixing bowl then add the sugar and mix.
- Add cream cheese and honey then mix until all ingredients have mixed.
- Whisk until thick.
- Once the cake is completely cool, spread icing over the top.
- Grate orange peelings onto the top until the desired effect is achieved.
- Cut in slices and serve.