Sugar-free carrot cake

By Hope Malau
18 November 2014

This tea-time treat is a hit even for those with a sweet tooth. It uses xylitol, sultanas and carrots instead of sugar for sweetness.

Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 min Cooking time: 50 min

  • 375 ml (1 ½ c) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 10 ml (2 t) ground cinnamon
  • 5 ml (1 t) bicarbonate of soda
  • 180 ml (? c) xylitol
  • 80 g pumpkin seeds, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 125 ml (½ c) canola oil
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 60 g sultanas

Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease an 18 cm round baking tin and line it with baking paper.

1 In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, bicarbonate of soda, xylitol and pumpkin seeds.

2 In a separate bowl or jug, beat the eggs and oil together. Pour into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Stir in the carrots and sultanas. Spoon into the lined tin and smooth the surface.

3 Bake for 50 minutes or until the top feels springy to the touch and a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn out and allow to cool completely.

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