Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
I'm not a big fan of carrot cake. But this super moist cake changed my mind. The combo of carrot, dates and nuts make it a heaven! Inspired by Dates cake at Navya bakers in my hometown, Aluva. Hope you will like it :)
Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)I'm not a big fan of carrot cake. But this super moist cake changed my mind. The combo of carrot, dates and nuts make it a heaven! Inspired by Dates cake at Navya bakers in my hometown, Aluva. Hope you will like it :)

Summary

5350
  • Coursedessert
  • Cuisineenglish
  • Yield8 s 8
  • Cooking Time40 minutesPT0H40M
  • Preparation Time30 minutesPT0H30M
  • Total Time1 hour, 10 minutesPT1H10M

Ingredients

All purpose flour
1 cup
Baking soda
3/4 teaspoon
Salt
1 pinch
Vegetable oil / canola oil
3/4 cup
Granulated sugar
3/4 cup
Egg
2 numbers
Pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon
Grated carrot
1 cup
Chopped dates
1 cup
Chopped cashew nut/walnut
1/2 cup
Caramel
Granulated sugar
1/2 cup
Hot water
1/4 cup
Dusting
Confectioners sugar

Steps

  1. Prepare caramel - Heat sugar in a dry pan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Swirl the pan often to avoid sugar clumps and get the sugar caramelized equally on all portions. Make the Caramel dark and on the bitter side. The bitterness of the Caramel complements this cake really well.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  2. Add hot water to the caramel. It will bubble up and be careful. Switch off the heat as soon as the caramel dissolves. Keep aside till it is cooled thoroughly.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  3. Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C. Grease a 8 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/2-inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. You can also use a 8 inch round pan.
  4. Toast nuts - Spread cashew nut/walnut on a cookie tray/sheet pan in a single layer and toast them in a 350F oven for about 10 minutes. Shake the pan occasionally during this time to make sure the nuts toast evenly. Don't miss this step. Otherwise, you feel a bit raw taste of nuts in the cake.
  5. Prepare Cake batter - Sift together the dry ingredients - flour, baking soda and salt into one bowl.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  7. Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
    Add the oil and beat well, making sure it's all incorporated
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
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  8. Make sure the prepared caramel is cooled. Then, add the caramel and Vanilla Essence. Mix well.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  9. Add the dry ingredients (flour mixture) and mix slowly and gently until just combined. Do not overbeat.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  10. Grate carrots. Pit and chop dates into tiny pieces. Split up the toasted cashew nut/walnut kernels if they are too big. Add a tablespoon of Flour into the Carrots, Dates, and Nuts and mix slightly. It will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan (especially dates and nuts) and will aid to separate the Date pieces.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  11. Fold this into the batter. Mix well using a spatula.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  12. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for around 40 - 45 minutes, or until a cake tester placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)
  13. Allow the cake to cool down completely. Dust the cake with confectioners sugar. Enjoy:)
    Carrot and Dates Cake (Without butter)