When I was modelling, I would have to watch what I ate for obvious reasons however; each Friday I had to myself, I would head down to the most beautiful bakery in Sydney and order the most delicious gluten-free carrot cupcake with a cup of loose leaf chai tea. I’d sit in the window and watch the rain pour down and the people pass by, savouring every moment.
Upon reflection, I realised it was a time when our mobile phones would only take calls and as such, they were easy to ignore. I wonder if I had the same experience now, would it render the same memories? We are all so distracted by our phones now, I can’t remember having the same moment since. I wonder…
Anyway, ever since then, carrot cake has always been a favourite of mine. When I went gluten-free, I knew there had to be an option for carrot cake and as such, this gluten free carrot cup-cake was born.
One of the most delicious gluten-free carrot cake recipes going around 🙂
- 3 large carrots, grated (300g)
- 3 free-range eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 3 cups almond meal
- 1/4 cup macadamia oil
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup medjool dates, seeds removed
- 2 tsp. gluten free baking powder
- 150 grams cream cheese
- 50 grams grass-fed butter
- 2 tbsp. malt syrup
Preheat your oven to 160°C. Line a 12 x muffin tin with patty cases.
Combine carrot, eggs, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, almond meal, macadamia oil, maple syrup, dates, walnuts and baking powder in a thermomix/food processor and process until well combined.
Divide mixture evenly amongst 12 patty cases and place in the
oven for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the
oven and allow to cool.
To make frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, syrup and cinnamon with a electric beater until light and fluffy. Spread cream cheese mixture over cooled cupcakes.
To top carrot cakes as pictured, I placed the cream cheese icing in a piping bag.
These carrot cupcakes will keep well in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. The base also stores really well in the freezer.