Monday, April 27, 2009

Carrot (Juice) Cake

The other week I was participating in one of my favorite summer activities - yard-saling - and I found a great find! Brand new, in the box, Hamilton Beach Juicer for $10. The manual had a 1999 date on it - but it works great and had never been used. So, I can juice like it's 1999.

So, of course I came home and washed it up and no fruit or veggie in my kitchen was safe from being grated to a pulp.

Thing I discovered by accident: juicing frozen fruit gives you a really nice frozen drink like concoction on the "pulp" side of the juicer - but makes the engine make unpleasant sounds.

I also thought I'd try out one of the recipes included the juicer manual: Carrot Cake

You juice about 6 carrots. Enough to give you 1/2 cup of juice and 1 1/2 cups of "pulp". I just love watching the juice come out - such fun! (ok, I'm odd)

And the pulp side. . .

Now, set that off to the side and heat your oven to 350. Grease a 9 inch baking dish.
In a small bowl mix: 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt.
In a medium bowl mix: 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup veg oil
Add flour mixture, carrot juice, and carrot pulp alternately to the egg mixture.
Stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla.
Pour in prepared baking dish. Bake 35-40 minutes.

I whipped up some cream cheese frosting to top it all off - very yum! (and totally healthy - it's made out of carrots!)

Anybody have a favorite juicer recipe?


  1. I'm a sucker for informercials, and before I discovered that fact I bought a juicer.

    It *is* fun to watch the juice come out and fresh juice does taste great, but what a pain to clean. And mine isn't even that bad compared to some.

    I've used it a few times, but it just sits in a hard to reach cupboard out of the way most of the time. I paid about $100 for it new plus shipping, so it seems a waste to get rid of it. But I really should if I don't use it...

    I found that for juice, I really like one red apple, one green apple, and a carrot or two (depending on the size of the carrots). Always drink it right away. Even half a day later it doesn't taste as good, and a day or two later it starts to get gross.

    Btw, you might want to read the manual about what fruits are okay. Mine specifically says no banana and a few other fruits, because it doesn't make juice (it'll just clog the machine). It also says not to put anything but the "ok" fruits and veggies in there, since milk/yogurt/etc will clog the machine and make it wear out faster.

    For $10 you got a great deal. Even if you end up not using it much like me, so what? Use it a couple of times and you will have made enough juice that costs $10 store bought. :)

  2. It is a PAIN to clean! But, I'm loving the juice at the moment. lol

    thanks for the tip about the fruits - mine is ok with bananas and such but does make a note that it comes out as a puree rather than a juice.

    and - I saved some of the extra carrot juice thinking I'd mix it with something later - but I guess I'll toss it now!

  3. Do a smell/taste test first.

    It doesn't spoil as much as it just loses its flavor.

  4. i was just wondering earlier if you had checked out your new juicer, and lo here it is posted on your blog. the pic of the juice coming out looks like it's happening even now when i look at the pic, you're good at taking the shots and working your camera. enjoy!

  5. I've never tried using a juicer before. It looks interesting, but I'd probably never use it after the initial new toy affect wore off.

    The carrot cake looks absolutely yummy though. I'd love to try some of it.

  6. I know you're busy, but I miss your posts. :(

  7. I got a cheap one, it's a pain to clean and cut everything that going in the tiny shoot, but the juice always tasted awesome. I'm going to make some juice tonight, after a long time on the shelf.

    Take care, Aunt Nora