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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Arab-inspired Carrot Cake topped with Pistachios


i've talked about it before, i hate carrots. i tolerate them in stews, and sure, baby-sized with dip. dw knows to immediately start shoving them in his mouth should they appear in any dish i order (bless him, he's so good to me). i baked this cake recently for a new hire orientation, seeing as the new colleague is from the UAE and the ingredients are arab inspired.

typically i leave any treats i bring to work on the counter and around lunchtime i snap pictures of what is leftover. an hour into the morning i went in for some tea and there was but one mangled slice of cake left. so you are left with just the first and only shot i took of the cake.

Arab Inspired Carrot Cake topped with Pistachios

75g tahini
125ml canola oil
3 tbsp pomegranate syrup or treacle <- completely skipped this ingredient
Zest of 3 lemons, and 100ml juice
225g turbinado sugar
3 large eggs, separated
200g carrot, grated finely
100g chopped pistachios <- yeah, i was lazy with the chopping. that didn't happen
175g AP flour
2½ tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cloves
½ tsp nutmeg

preheat oven 350F

i used a single 8" round pan, ungreased

in a mixing bowl, mix together the tahini, oil, sugar, lemon zest + juice. add in 1 egg plus the remaining 2 egg YOLKS, saving the egg whites in a clean mixing bowl to be whisked until fluffy and peaks form. sift in the dry ingredients in original batter until fully incorporated. gently fold in the egg white peaks. pour into pan, bake for 30-35 minutes. allow to cool.

i used store-bought vanilla icing that i had leftover from the smurf cake pops, topped with whole pistachios.


  1. You also made carrot cake! Did you try it, hating carrots and all? I wonder how tahini in a carrot cake would work.

  2. Drool.

    I hate raw carrots. Love 'em cooked. Love 'em in carrot cake.

  3. pickyin - i did try it. it was subtle, which was the saving grace.

    skm - i wish i could say that i love me some carrot cake. i can't. :(

    *^_^* and Yarny Days - thank you