Spiced Harvest Cake

Spiced Harvest Cake
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Spiced Harvest Cake
Lea Hendry Valle

Spiced Harvest Cake

There’s just something about carrot cake; most adults love it, but most kids... just don’t. Until they taste it, at least. But getting them to taste it is often the biggest obstacle. That’s why we decided to call this “Harvest Cake” instead. The name sounds less intimidating than “Carrot Cake,” which can make vegetable-phobic individuals — like kids — break out in a cold sweat. Then, just to be devilish, we added apples and zucchini to the batter. The result is a moist, delicious, nut-free cake that will appeal to people of all ages, even kids. “Oh, you don’t want to eat your vegetables, sweetie? That’s okay! Here... have some Harvest Cake instead!” — Lea Hendry Valle, Sweet Paleo.

8
Servings
431
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 1/8 Cup coconut flour
  • ½ Cup arrowroot or tapioca flour
  • 2 Teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ Teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ Teaspoon finely ground sea salt
  • 6 large, moist Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¾ Cup pure maple syrup
  • ½ Cup apple or orange juice
  • ½ Cup apple or orange juice
  • 6 large eggs
  • ½ Cup liquefied coconut oil
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Cup grated carrot
  • 1 Cup grated zucchini
  • 1 Cup cored, grated apple
  • ¼ Teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Use coconut oil to grease two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Sift the flours together with the ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.

In a food processor or high-speed blender, purée the dates with the maple syrup and apple juice until you have a smooth paste, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary.

Separate three of the eggs and place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer. Allow them to come to room temperature.

In a separate large mixing bowl, place the three egg yolks along with the three remaining whole eggs, add the date purée, oil, and vanilla and stir until combined.

Add the dry ingredients to the date mixture. Stir in the carrot, zucchini, and apple.

In the stand mixer, using the whisk attachment on medium speed, whip the three egg whites until frothy. Add the cream of tartar and continue to whip until you have firm peaks.

Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the batter and continue folding until well combined, taking care not to overmix and lose the airiness of the eggs.

Divide the batter between the two prepared pans. It will be thick. Spread it out evenly.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack to continue cooling. Frost or glaze as desired when completely cool.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
9g
13%
Sugar
11g
12%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
73g
56%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
152mg
15%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
80µg
20%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
39mg
12%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Phosphorus, P
210mg
30%
Selenium, Se
25µg
45%
Sodium, Na
676mg
45%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
9g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Spice Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Spice Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.