It was the Swede's birthday last week! HOLLA!
Another year older.
Another bottle of vodka wiser. (Or two and maybe some tequila, but who's counting?)
Another vegan cake - but this time JUST FOR HER!
She's kinda in my top 10 favourite humans of all time list (I meaaan, how many people actually say yes when you ask them to go climb Mount Kilimanjaro with you in Tanzania?), so I knew that this cake had to be incredibly stupendously fun and awesome and full of random things.
Plus: ever since I saw purple carrots I knew that they were destined for cake.
I mean. Obviously.
Typically carrot cake includes crushed pineapple, but I wanted a new take for the "disco" version.
Blueberries are kinda always an acceptable solution for life's problems:
hunger, cancer, downer moods, cravings of sweets.
They got these troubles covered.
They also are BLUE and PURPLEish which made be think: well shucks, wouldn't they work in a purple carrot cake?
Yes. Yes they will.
The word disco in this cake title comes from my love of making disco noodles. The idea is that: take whatever you have left over in your fridge (read: carrots, beets, kale, onions, lentils... etc) and throw it with udon noodles, mustard, and nutritional yeast and hope that it tastes delicious. Normally it does. Now, this cake isn't made of noodles, nor does it contain mustard or nutritional yeast, but it does have lots of fun and random things that create just a disco of cake emotions.
I don't even think that made sense, so let's skip the talk and move onto CAKE!
Disco purple carrot cake - What you need:
- 1 cup blueberry purée (to make this I put around 2 small boxes ... like the kind they sell everywhere when they sell blueberries ... of blueberries in a food processor)
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 flax eggs (for EACH "egg" you need 1 tablespoon of flax meal whisked with 3 tablespoons of water), sub normal eggs for a non-vegan version
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 packed cups of shredded purple carrots (obviously you can sub in normal carrots here!)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Disco purple carrot cake - What you do:
Prepare 2 9 inch (23 cm) cake pans by greasing them with vegan margarine (or coconut oil or butter) and dusting them with flour.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius (350F).
In the true style of making things disco, this is a one bowl recipe.
In a large bowl, beat together the blueberry purée, oil, sugar, flax eggs, and vinegar.
Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon to the bowl.
Beat everything together really well until the batter is completely incorporated.
Fold in the carrots.
Fold in the walnuts.
Pour the batter evenly into the two cake pans. Tap the pans on a counter top to get rid of air bubbles. Bake at 180C for 23 - 25 minutes, or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Cool the cakes completely.
Since we are celebrating all things purple, I decided to decorate the cake with purple edible flowers! (And yes - I ate flowers all night, they are indeed edible!!)
I am really happy with how the cake turned out. The cake itself was extremely flavourful - you could really taste the blueberries. It wasn't that sweet - which is nice because the frosting complemented it very well.
Okay. So - not only was it Mlle. Swede's birthday last week, but she also landed this AMAZING job in London. AKA: She's leaving. I'm super emotional and since I can't say this to her face I will publicly announce it to the world. Anyway - HUGE CONGRATS! ... but also: if you're in Paris and friend-less holler because as of June I will be empty. (Actually I will ship myself off to a exotic location, eat chocolate truffles by the handful, and forget that Paris will soon be minus one Swede.) Until then, displace emotions with cake and I promise you that the world will be a better place. Peace and Love folks.
Baking soundtrack - Tunes to inspire your inner baker:
Swede and I are going to see Kurt Vile this week. (YAY ! ! !)
Incidentally, the Swede is a girl called Alex.
I asked for permission to cut and capture the cake before bringing it to the party. The inside is an awesome blue-purple colour!