Sorry if this induces jealousy but as I write this post I am sitting at the dining table at Sunshine beach (yes I wrote it a couple of weeks ago – even I am jealous of that me!) looking out on the beautiful blue sky, watching the waves roll in after returning from a play at the beach.
It’s always tough packing for the coast. Mum is a bit of a minimalist when it comes to kitchen appliances and despite my years of nagging, refuses to get a mixer, food processor or decent blender (sorry mum, yours doesn’t cut the mustard).
Me being me, I BYO. The hard decision comes when I must choose between the Vitamix blender for my smoothies or the Thermomix that does absolutely everything else (I am yet to make a good smoothie in it though).
This time the blender won out because I can’t seem to get through an afternoon without one of my best ever healthy chocolate smoothies. It means my slight obsession with food processor (that I make in the Thermomix) cakes has had to be put on hold. I seriously can’t get enough of fruity, dense cakes and have been getting creative.
For mother’s group a few weeks ago I couldn’t decide between carrot and banana so I did what everyone does (right?) and Googled ‘carrot and banana cake’ to see if it was a thing. It sure was and so my semi-healthy version was born.
Lately I’ve been trying to cut down on refined sugar in baking. I’m getting good at substituting it with other things without losing the sweetness and bananas are my best friend with this. You would never know this cake has just a little raw sugar.
It was absolutely delicious and there were a few requests for the recipe. I always hope people aren’t just being nice asking for the recipe and that they actually loved it. I know I never ask unless I really want it.
If you haven’t made a food processor cake yet I really insist you do. They are so very easy and take next to no time to whip up. Plus, once you master the basics, you can play around with flavours and different sugars, flours and butter. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!
So what about you? Do you ever travel with appliances?
Want to skip the macadamias? Try our simple carrot cake.
ps I have to give Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial credit for originally introducing me to food processor pound cakes. Hers is the master recipe. Thanks Celia!
Carrot and banana cake with macadamia icing
Love what you’ve done with the icing. You cedrtainly haven’t “spread the icing” as it says in the recipe.
It looks amazing – willing to share?
Ooh you caught me! I used a flat tip on a piping bag and do stripes one way then the other alternating all the way across. Hope that makes sense!
I wish I could eat this it look sooooo good, but I am definitely going to do the macadamia icing! Liz xx
It was pretty tasty Liz! x
This one is in the oven as we speak! Can’t wait!!
Yay! Hope you like it!
I’m so intrigued by macadamia icing. I’ve got to try it. I have traveled with my Thermomix once but I worried the whole time that it would get banged around that I haven’t done it again.
It was a very random creation Maureen! Haha I didn’t consider that. I might be a bit more worries next time.
Lovely plate pattern Claire. It looks similar to the Jasper Conran Chinoiserie Green one but a bit different too?
Haha similar cause it is! Matches my teacups.