Springy skinny carrot cake {Recipe}

Thursday, 9 May 2013

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Two weeks in my diet and I am still doing ok, although I can see that I am getting a bit bored with my comfort zone food - and seeing Mr MiH eating an obscene amount of peanuts (how can he still be so skinny?) is getting to me a bit. So I am on a mission to find tasty recipe in a skinnier version so I won't feel like I am missing out on cakes and snacks - although coated peanuts may be out for a while still. 

This recipe is from The Hairy Dieters. I saw the BBC TV show and some of the skinnier versions of my favourite comfort food looked amazing. I grabbed a copy when I was still pregnant and sort of left it for later whilst stuffing my face. If this recipe is anything to go by, it is time to get it out and try all the recipes - and I may not even know I am on a diet! 

This is a Mr MiH portion size... 

You are going to need (12 portions - 6 points by my diet):
  • 3 medium carrots (about 250g total unpeeled weight)
  • 3 eggs
  • 100ml sunflower oil
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 200g self raising flour
  • 100g sultanas
  • finely grated zest of 1/2 large well-scrubbed orange
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

there are skinny portions and Mr MiH portions... 

1. Preheat the oven to 190 C/Fan. Grease a 24 cm round loose-based cake tin with a little oil and line the base with baking parchment. Peel the carrots and grate then with a medium-fine grater - you should have about 200 g of grated carrot. 

2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl with a large metal whisk. Add the sunflower oil and sugar and whisk until well-combined. Stir in the grated carrot, then add the flour, sultanas, orange zest, spices and baking powder. Stir together until just combined. Pour into the prepared cake tin and smooth the surface. 

3. Bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cake is well risen and feels springy to the touch. It should be just beginning to shrink back from the sides of the tin. Leave to coll in the tin for 5 minutes then turn out and remove the lining paper. Leave to cool fully on a wire rack then transfer to a serving plate. 

4. Sift the icing sugar over the cake and scatter grated or pared orange zest on top. This cake should keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

I may have been heavy handed with the icing sugar.. purely for the picture
It does taste like it a healthier version of a carrot cake - not as ... greasy. It is light and airy, and still very much moist. I may add another carrot next time. I love the icing sugar instead of a creamy topping (but that is probably more of a personal topping dislike). 

Any diet recipe book or recipe you would recommend? If Mr MiH approves it, it may be featured next on the blog...


  1. Oh this looks lovely. I'm following the same diet to lose the baby weight too. I will have to try this if I get time to bake a cake!

  2. I love carrot cake and will try this - I don't have the book but my mum does and we tried a few recipes at Christmas (the curries and Chinese mainly) and they were delicious!!

  3. That looks very moist and like it'll just melt apart in your mouth! You're a wonderful baker.
    Just be patient w/this whole diet thing. I did South Beach after my first daughter but found it helped to exercise as well. I loved taking baby out in her stroller and walking around the neighborhood. You're on the right track. You'll get there.

  4. I just read your opening paragraph out to my partner and he thought I'd written it! He too had a serious peanut addiction and is skinny. It's just not fair. Glad to hear he is not one of a kind.

  5. That looks yummy thanks for the recipe - I think I will have a go this weekend. My Mr R is just too skinny I have to give him extra extras - just not fair x

  6. Your cake looks amazing. I'll have to try it when I get back! As for dieting, I use (greek) yogurt in place of cream for creamy salads (chicken salad, fruit salad, pasta salad, all good). It's so much healthier but still tastes very creamy and yummy. And I like to keep my fridge stocked with cherry tomatoes - they make such quick and yummy snacks and is packed full of good vitamins.