Wednesday, 13 November 2013

veggies in a cake

The first time I made this carrot chiffon cake I tested it with my new Bosch kitchen machine.

The Bosch mixer is able to whisk the egg whites a lot faster, and appears to create more volume than a handheld electric whisk. However, having said that, a handheld machine is also equally good for beating egg whites although you will have to hold it with one hand while juggling the other when adding the sugar. I am still not very comfortable with using the Bosch mixer to beat the egg whites as I have this nagging fear that I would over beat it ^^"

As I was writing this post, I was informed that Bosch has launched a special edition collection of coloured variations of the MUM5 kitchen machine. See here for the fun colours available!

My latest bake of this same cake...pardon the poor image quality, I couldn't help but to snap a picture when it rose so beautifully in the oven.

Besides grated carrot, I have also added in some orange it is actually a fruit and veg cake ;)

I have tried baking with a 17cm and a 18cm chiffon pan. The 18cm pan yield a shorter cake though.

I can't remember since when...I have started to use a ballon whisk to fold the egg whites to the yolk batter. I find that it is much easier to fold without deflating the batter with a ballon whisk. Just before pouring the batter into the pan, I will switch to the spatula to make sure the bottom is also well mixed. If you have been using a spatula to do the folding, maybe you would want to experiment with a balloon whisk, hope it works well for you too.

I must thank my cyberfriend VB for sending me this lovely Laura Ashley tea towel :) It comes with a cute instruction on how to cook eggs!

This recipe uses 4 yolks and 4 whites...which is good, as sometimes I find it troublesome either to save extra whites or how to use up an extra egg yolk ^^"

As with any other chiffon cakes, the texture is light and moist. No 'raw carrot smell' is detected and it doesn't taste very sweet, maybe because the oranges I bought were usually very sour. The sweetness is just right for me, but for those who have got sweet tooth, this may not appeal to you?? I could eat a quarter of the whole cake without feeling guilty ;)

I have tried baking this cake with grated carrot (raw) and also cooked carrot (boiled and mashed). Both gave the same result. However, when left for up to 2 days (room temperature), I noticed that for the cooked carrot version, the carrot bits started to 'sweat' (release moisture) and the crumbs near the carrot bits got damped. This doesn't happen to the raw carrot version, so I am sharing the recipe (raw carrot version) with you. Do share with me your experience if you ever have a chance to try this, thank you!

Carrot Chiffon Cake


(makes one 17cm/18cm cake)

4 egg yolks (use large eggs)
20g caster sugar
50g vegetable oil
30ml freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80g cake flour
50g carrot, grated

4 egg whites (use large eggs)
45g caster sugar

  • Place egg yolks in a mixing bowl. With a balloon hand whisk, whisk the yolks a little. Add in sugar and whisk to combine. Add in vegetable oil gradually, whisk to combine. Add the orange juice and vanilla extract, whisk to combine. Add in grated carrot. Mix to combine. Sieve over the flour and whisk till the flour is fully incorporated. Do not over mix. Set aside.
  • Place egg whites in the mixing bowl of the mixer, make sure the bowl is clean and dry. Beat egg whites on low speed until mixture becomes frothy and foamy. Add half of the sugar and turn to high speed and beat the mixture. Continue to add in the remaining sugar mixture and beat until the egg whites reaches the soft peak stage.The soft peak stage is reached when the peaks of the whites curl over and droop slightly. The egg whites should appear smooth and glossy.
  • Add the beaten egg whites into the egg yolk batter in 3 separate additions, each time folding gently with a spatula (or a balloon whisk) until just blended.
  • Pour batter into a 17 or 18cm chiffon tube pan (do not grease or line the pan). Tap the pan lightly on a table top to get rid of any trapped air bubbles in the batter.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 degC for 30 mins, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean, when lightly pressed the cake will spring back. Invert the pan immediately and let cool completely before unmould. To remove the cake from the pan, run a thin-bladed knife around the inside of the pan and the center core. Release the cake and run the knife along the base of the pan to remove the cake. Store in air tight container and best consumed within two days.