Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ginger Infused Zesty Carrot Cake

Experiments are on in full swing to decide on what should be the flavor of the cake for the Birthday boy, ok not a boy, the very eligible bachelor I must say. Bal will be 32 soon and as any other sister I worry about his marriage. It is such a difficult task to find a girl for a boy who has not fallen in love nor been able to choose a girl on his own. Arranged marriage is out of fashion I must say with the internet and men and women mingling freely and more, in places other than just homes. I just pray he should find a girl as soon as possible and setttle down. 

Marriage is so important. I am writing this for those of who do not have anyone to tell them this. Everyone needs a partner, if not now a little later. It has to happen at the right time. Most of us are common people and we have to lead a common life. Experimenting with your life can be risky if not dangerous. Plus you have only one life to live, then why forgo all the fun in the name of career, success etc. One can have both going parallel. It does happen that you are just not destined for marriage but in the end if one tries at least one can say we played our part and the effort did not fructify. Even if marriage is a risky game one has to play it, there is always 50% chance of it being successful. For those of who have seen bad marriages around them, remember each life is designed uniquely by GOD and what happened with your parents, uncles, aunts or siblings is not what will necessarily happen with you.

Wishing all the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes ALL THE BEST!

I sound like a Grandma I know, but won't you have a piece of cake with me?


1/2 cup grated carrots
2 tablespoons of crystallized orange peels
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Amul Mithai Mate
1/2 cup sugar free
2 teaspoons lime juice
50 ml oil
1/4 water infused with ginger (make a paste of ginger, add water and juice it out thru a sieve)

In a big bowl mix all the dry ingredients first, the flour, baking powder, crystallized orange peels and grated carrots. Mix to coat the carrots shreds and orange peels evenly with the flour. Keep aside.
Now take another bowl and measure out the condensed milk from the Amul Mithai Mate tin. To this add the ginger infused water. Mix once this will also thin the condensed milk. Then add the lime juice to curdle the milk.

Then add the oil and mix vigorously to form a light airy emulsion of milk and oil with an electric blender or beat with hand beater. One more time beat up with sugar free. Now fold in the dry mix we saved. Mix gently folding in one direction.

Now grease the glass bowl and pour the batter. Preheat Microwave for 2 mins on highest power. Now place the bowl in it. Bake for 8 mins. Then switch to convection mode and bake for another 4 mins. Let it cool in the microwave itself for 10 mins. Then turn it over on to the plate.
When it is completely cool and when you are ready to serve pour Amul Mithai Mate over it. Cut up pieces and hand out. 

On its own it is mildly sweet and drenched in Mithai Mate is sweetness intensified for those who do not have to worry about their sugar intake.

This cake also reminded me of Gauri, my friends Anand and Asawari's daughter who learnt to make a carrot cake in her school in Finland when she was barely five. We, that is Gauri, Asawari and me had made it together once almost a year or more ago and we had so much fun doing it. I was quite surprised that in Finland they taught cooking to kids at such a young age.


  1. Sounds interesting...will give a try....

  2. Looks delicious ...adding ginger is nice idea flavourful

  3. cake looks delicious!! Am going to give this a try. And for the first part of the post...agree with you completely.

  4. Voyager why take the trouble you can just use the long~~~ pending invite and tell me when you are coming over :D I'll make a yummy one for you, V and the kids.


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