175 g Coconut palm sugar (or other raw, unrefined sugar)
175 ml Almond oil (or other neutral oil e.g. olive oil, hazelnut oil etc)
9 tbsp of Apple puree – homemade
140 g grated Carrots
100 g Raisins
grated zest of 1 large Orange
175g Spelt flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp Ground cinnamon
½ tsp Grated nutmeg (freshly grated is best)
Preheat the oven to 160 C / gas 4. Line an 18cm square cake tin with baking parchment and lightly oil with almond oil.
Put the sugar, oil and apple puree into a large mixing bowl and mix gently with a wooden spoon. Stir in the grated carrots, raisins and orange zest.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and spices into the bowl and gently mix all the ingredients together. The mixture will be fairly runny. Pour this into the tin and bake for 40 – 45 mins, until it feels firm and springs back when you press it in the middle, and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn it out and cool on a rack.
Serve with frosting (see separate recipe) or as it is. This cake can also be frozen.