Cardamom carrot cake with honey glazed dutch carrots & roasted walnuts

A few years ago my in-laws flew across the world to visit Australia and spend some time with us. The days were filled with deferent activities, including many visits to different parks and other kid friendly places, in order to keep their little grandchild happy. Evenings were more reserved for food and many untold stories, until at one point my mother-in-law showed an interest in watching the TV show called Masterchef. I guess I don’t need to explain Masterchef as it’s amongst one of the most popular in Australia, if not the most popular one. To help my mother-in-law to understand completely what was going on in the show, I watched it too. Until the end of that series.

A few years after, at an event a friend organised, I got to meet with the winner of the actual show we watched with my in-laws! That was really unexpected and lovely but one more time I thought it’s the end of that story. Until the other night my 6 year old showed a great interest in watching a show that was last time watched in our house when he was just over two years old! Genes, or just an expected delaying tactic before bed time. I would say, quite possibly, both.

So, while I was trying to explain that watching television on a Thursday night, just because one of the adults wanted to check something while the little one was still around and awake, doesn’t mean it’s movie night…I glimpsed some beautiful carrots cooking in an orange juice! The goldenness of the colour and the sweetness that you could almost smell were mesmerising to me. An idea haunted me for days until it was impossible to ignore. Then again, why would anyone ignore creativity that as a final result produces a cake like this one. I love every bit of it, as I am sure you will too.

That was it really. A very simple story of a very beautiful cake. The story is almost disappointing in its simplicity but very much fulfilling in its flavour. Rumour has it that this is the best carrot cake in the World! Well, at least for our little one!

Cardamom carrot cake with a honey glazed dutch carrots & roasted walnuts 


4 eggs

150 gr brown sugar

75 ml honey

185 ml olive oil

200 gr white Spelt flour

75 gr Oat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

300 grated carrots

50 gr roasted walnuts

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

1 scraped vanilla pod

Honey glazed Dutch carrots:

1 bunch Dutch carrots

25 gr roasted walnuts

2 tablespoons honey

200 ml freshly squeezed mandarin juice

For the serving:

150 ml heavy cream

mandarin syrup with roasted walnuts

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