Once when I asked her to share with me how she used to make the carrot cake, she was blank. She just said, “I know what all goes into it, but don’t ask me the measurements!” I was flabbergasted. How was I supposed to recreate umma’s taste with her topsy-turvy recipe? I searched a lot of carrot cake recipes online but nothing was close to what umma used to make. That is when I chanced upon this one and immediately it clicked that it had exactly the ingredients that umma used to make, except the cinnamon – she is not a fan of it, in fact she hates it! I have used this recipe several times with good results. Last time when I went on vacation, I had made it at my in-laws place as well, and they just loved it. The only thing is that now I use more wholewheat flour than all-purpose flour and trust me, it tastes even more better! I also add cinnamon as I love the taste of it. Off to the recipe… Recipe adapted from here
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup wholewheat flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups grated carrots (about 3 large carrots)
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch pan generously and set aside.
- Seive the dry ingredients from flour to salt in a bowl and set aside.
- Beat eggs till fluffy, about a couple of minutes.
- Add the sugar and beat till the mixture becomes pale.
- Add the oil and beat till combined.
- Add in the dry ingredients and mix till combined.
- Finally add the grated carrots and give a final mix. Do not overmix!
- Pour into the pan and bake for 60 to 75 minutes till skewer comes out clean.
- Cool in the rack for 10 minutes and then flip on to a cooling rack.
- Cool completely, slice and serve with a cup of hot chai or coffee!
Cover the pan loosely with aluminium foil after baking for 45 minutes so that you don't have a burned top!
For some crunch, you can add some chopped cashew nuts. It is definitely a fantastic addition, though I like my carrot cakes plain. 🙂
You can substitute cinnamon with cardamom powder.