Raw Carrot Cake ~ The recipe that broke my blender, a tale of ultimate betrayal

There are three things that annoy me 1. People who wear socks and sandals 2. A messy house 3. When I do not get my own way.  This weekend tested the last one – BIG TIME. You may notice from most of my recipes that I don’t do a lot of baking.  That is mostly because I look for gluten-free, low sugar recipes (yup, taking all the FUN out of baking) and the ones I try never seem to work out. Well this one I had to share. It ended up being what I call a “delicious disaster”.

It started out so innocent.  I was excited to try a few new recipes this weekend, one in particular for raw vegan carrot cupcakes. Sounds yummy, right?  Now, I’m always a little hesitant when I see a recipe that requires using a food processor because, well, I don’t have one. But between my kitchen blender and hand blender I can usually make it work – until the other day.

The first step was to blend walnuts and dates until you reach Larabar consistency. I’ve made homemade larabars many times and thought this would be no problem for my hand blender. This is when things went awry. I started blending away, then a light flickered and the motor stopped. I thought maybe I blew a fuse so I checked the outlet with the toaster, nope, worked fine. It looks like I over heated the blender. photo 4(6)After slamming a few cupboards – just because – I thought I’d let the blender cool down while I grated the carrots.

Maybe grating these carrots will magically make my blender work again.

Maybe grating these carrots will magically make my blender work again.

Grate, grate, grate, killing time. Checked the hand blender again after it has cooled down, no luck. It is officially dead.  At this point I decide to throw the mixture into my kitchen blender only to realize it was gumming up the blades – dang it! Scoop it out, return to bowl, stare at it thinking what to do next.  I tried the hand mixer, I mean what did I have to lose? Well nothing because that didn’t make a difference either. The recipe said to add in the carrots and spices and blend again until it is a “dough” like consistency. Does this look like dough to you??

No dough here.  Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, I must have been shaking with anger.

No dough here. Sorry the photo is a bit blurry, I must have been shaking with rage.

So I tried the “dough” and it tasted pretty good. I wasn’t about to throw it out. I pressed it into an 8 x 8 pan and refrigerated while I made the “frosting”.

When life gives you lemons...

When life gives you lemons…

The frosting is made by blending cashews, dates, lemon juice and water. It turns out my kitchen blender has decided not to do its job either. I started blending and it was not producing the smooth, frosting-like consistency the recipe called for. Again, I’m sure this would have worked much better in a food processor. Does this look like frosting to you??

Smooth frosting, no. Chunky frosting, yes.

Smooth frosting, no. Chunky frosting, yes.

I’m not knocking the recipe. This was definitely an appliance/me issue. Here is the recipe if you want to try it out, but please don’t compare her perfect, little cupcakes to my sad looking squares.

In the end these “cupcakes” surprisingly tasted pretty good. No, I did not toss it out in a fit of rage. The flavor is great, the texture, not so much. Well, you can’t win them all. My next purchase is a food processor, then I’m saving up for a Vitamix 🙂photo 3(14)

The final product.

The final product. I give it 2.5 stars.

Have you had any recipe disasters lately??


  • BakerGirl May 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

    When I first went dairy-free I ended up with some interesting creations-muffins that were more dense than they should have been and using flax eggs gives the batter a weird look. For Christmas my dad bought me the Cadillac of Kitchen Aid blenders and for that I am thankful…it always looks ok!

    • thehappyhealthfreak May 21, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      I need your baking tips Christina! I wonder if my Dad will buy me a Kitchen Aid blender for Christmas *hint hint* 🙂


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