Happy National Carrot Cake Day! Did you know, today is the day to enjoy veggie-is-the-main-ingredients cake!
When I first heard about carrot cake, I thought it’s only for adults who know the actual taste and sweet yummy carrot. I’ve probably told that carrots have been one of the controversial vegetables from kids in Japan.
During lunch time back when I was a kid, I witnessed my classmate’s face turned weird when they finally decided to eat them, or even some kid hid all the carrots(including the tiny one) in a corner of a plate. “Eat your carrot! Otherwise you can’t go outside during playtime!” is what teachers told us frequently.
I like carrots and they’re one of the vegetables I’d never let them run out from my fridge, so carrot cake sounds good to me to celebrate this day with my first ever trying carrot cake(both eating and baking)!
Baking cake usually requires the use of an oven, but this time I picked a pancake style! So easy with just grubbing a pan and eating it while it’s still hot. Mmm, my stomach insists on getting ready NOW!
Ready to check how I made them? Let’s cook!
Carrot Pancake with Maple Cheese Cream
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- 1 carrot(about 50g) – grated
- 1 carrot(about 50g) – finely chopped
- 1 egg – beaten
- 50g sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 160g all purpose flour
- 110ml water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Some crushed walnuts
- Some raisins
- Carrot – optional for decoration
Cream Cheese Sauce
- Prepare cheese sauce. Combine milk and maple syrup first and slowly add to cream cheese dividing 3~5 times. Set aside.
- Mix egg, sugar, water, spices and carrots together in a mixing bowl. Add flour and baking powder to the bowl and mix.
- Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium heat. Pour the dough by allowing it to have ample thickness.
- When you start to see small bubbles on the dough, flip it and bake for another 3~5 min.
- Decorate with cheese cream and toppings. Enjoy!
Do not knead the dough! Especially when you’re using APF, as much as you touch the dough, the harder the dough gets!
If you want to make it layered with decoration on top, spread the cream between layers with generous amount. This way you won’t ruin the decoration while you’re seeking more sweetness!
Mmm, so fluffy yummy by having the carrot’s natural sweetness! I paired up the pancake with cream cheese sauce made with maple syrup, so for breakfast lovers with a sweet tooth, it’s going to be a fancy gorgeous breakfast to start your day!
Now let me back to the story about carrots being one of the most disliked vegetables from Japanese kids. Strangely enough, carrots changed to their favorite vegetables according to a recent survey. The #1 favorite veggie from kids was tomatoes(hey are you listening, my dinner buddy!?) in the survey taken from 2014 ~ 2021, and carrots ranked in the top 10 in almost every year.
The research company also conducted a survey of favorite/least favorite vegetables for adults too, and found that carrots ranked in the worst 10 of their least favorite vegetables, which reflects what I witnessed in a school and they still remain against carrots.
Did carrots change their taste recently? Thanks to farmers, a lot of vegetables taste better year by year and I think this is the reason I can now stay on a vegetarian diet without complaining.
Do you like carrots/carrot cakes? Or do you feel strange when you hear vegetables in your cake?(Don’t worry, I was, until I knew carrot cakes/zucchini bread existed!
<Other Recipes to Enjoy Carrot>
Refreshing spiced salad! Carrot Salad
Enjoy with vegetable sticks! Carrot Dip
Naturally sweet nutritious dressing! Carrot Ginger Dressing
Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)