Updated: Mar 27
Get ready to climb those hills with the newest edition to the performance cake family - the Climbers cake - A delicious cake made on a base of carrot, dates, sunflower seeds and eggs - spiced with cinnamon, orange, dried cranberries and apple. It's delicious and a very easy way to get your kids to eat their veggies.
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The Climbers cake
Yield: 1 large cake (my cake tin is 20 cm / 8,5 inches in diameter)
Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
Cooking time: 40-50 minutes, depending on the size of cake tin.
225 g (1/2 lb) Raw peeled carrots, in small chunks.
3 large eggs
10 medjool dates pitted (140g or 2/3 cups)
2 tbsp. peanutbutter
1,5 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 pinch cloves (optional)
2 oranges ( 1 juice and zest for the batter)
1 apple, cut into small dice
1/4 tsp salt
50 g (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds + extra for decoration
30 g (1/3 cup) rolled oats
25 g (1/4 cup) cranberries + extra for decoration
+ 1 extra carrot for decoration.
Preheat the oven to 175*c/ 350*F.
In a food processor add all the ingredients except the cranberries and apple dice, combine well.
It might look split, weird and lumpy and watery, - it's OK, just Make sure it's somewhat smooth and not super chunky.
Stir in the cranberries and apples.
Grease your baking tin with coconut oil or similar then "dust" it. Since we are not using flour, chuck a handful of almond or sunflower meal into it and rotate the tin until sides and bottom are covered, then tap out any extra almond meal and fill it with the "batter" Press it down firmly and smooth the surface with a wet rubber spatula.
The wet rubber spatula will even the top of the cake, so that nothing burns whilst baking.
Bake it for 40-50 minutes until it's golden brown and spongy.
Poke it! and if it feels spongy and not mushy and wet - it's done, If your finger breaks through it, bake it some more.
For the decoration as on the image. Squeeze the last orange into a bowl.
Peel the last carrot and slice it very thinly on a japanese mandolin, then marinate it in the orange juice.
Cool down the cake.
You now have two options:
Cut it into 9 pieces as if it was a square and wrap the pieces for riding and training.
Decorate it and have a party, because you just baked an amazing cake.
How to decorate as on the imegs.
Put three slices of carrot together in a triangle and place it on the cake, the juice will make it stick together. Then place a few cranberries and some sunflower seeds around it.
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