Aargau carrot cake

Aargau carrot cake.
Aargau carrot cake.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

INGREDIENTS

6 large eggs, yolks and whites separated

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup raw, finely grated carrots

150g almond meal (finely ground almond nuts)

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp baking powder

A pinch of salt

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1 to 2 tbs icing sugar, sifted

Marzipan carrots, optional

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C. Grease and dust flour on a 9.5-inch round springform pan or two loaf pans.

Place the grated carrot, almond meal, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt and baking powder in a mixing bowl.

Beat the egg yolks well, then add the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix until smooth, then add in the carrot mixture.

Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into the carrot mixture - do not overmix.

Transfer the mixture into the cake pan. Bake for about 35 minutes.

If you stick a wooden chopstick into the centre of the cake and it comes out clean, the cake is done.

Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool at room temperature. Sprinkle the icing sugar over the cake. Decorate with marzipan carrots, if preferred.

SERVES 8 to 10

NOTE: The decorative marzipan (almond paste) carrots can be made with store-bought marzipan. You can mix it with a few drops of orange and green food colouring to create the carrots.

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

(Per serving; based on 10 servings)

Energy: 212kcal

Protein: 7.7g

Total fat: 11.9g

Saturated fat: 1.6g

Cholesterol: 133mg

Carbohydrate: 18.4g

Dietary fibre: 1.7g

Sodium: 256mg

Vitamin A: 187ug

•Provided by Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2015, with the headline 'Aargau carrot cake'. Print Edition | Subscribe