Purple carrot cake. Made with purple carrots!
How did a purple carrot cake come about? I’m not one for throwing food away. I also have a really soft spot for heritage vegetables. Last week I spotted a tray of purple carrots in Waitrose and bought them. Then, because life got really hectic last week, I totally forgot about them. When I rediscovered them they were a little bendy and not really good for much. Except making a carrot cake. I was certain it would taste good, my main concern was what it would look like. My concern turned to panic when I posted a picture halfway throught the baking process and a friend said she thought it looked like lentil soup!
Despite the fact that when I actually grated the carrots, the variety I had bought was one with an orange core the purple colour was dominant. The carrot shards resembled edible Halloween confetti! To emphasise the purple I used a mixture of caster sugar and soft brown sugar, rather than all brown. I needn’t have worried about the cake at all. The result was moist, delicious and beautifully flecked with purple.
I used and adapted the BBC Good Food recipe which can be found online here.
If you come across a pile of purple carrots, why not use a few to add a little halloween colour to your baking? Make a purple carrot cake.