Friday, December 7, 2012

Carrot and Applesauce Cake - and an interesting mixing method

Guest post  by Frank Shin
Life Moves Pretty Fast

I recently got a new Vitamix Blender. Given that I already own a stick blender, and a decent mixer, I never would have purchased one, but, while looking through my Air Miles reward options the other day, I came upon the Vitamix. On a whim, I clicked OK, and received the new blender about a week later (really impressive shipping time, Air Miles!)

Being a guy, I was naturally sucked in by it's car-like features. "Powerful 2-Peak Horsepower Motor" that propels the blade tip "to speeds up to 240 miles per hour"! It had a "Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system". The blades are "laser-cut, stainless steel hammermill". The 64 ounce container is "BPA free Eastmann Triton Copolyester". (Not sure what that means, exactly, but it sounds so damn good.)

I swear, it sounded like I was getting a new car, so I do hand it to whoever does the marketing for these guys. And I was getting for "free"!

Anyway, I am impressed with how well it blends everything, from ice, to frozen fruit, to hard vegetables, to nuts, to whatever. I would highly endorse one, if you can get over the price. Here's something I made with Liv today, using the blender. You could easily grate the carrots and sub in applesauce if you don't have a high powered monster like this. Enjoy.

Carrot and Applesauce Cake 
(Adapted from the Vitamix Create Recipes Book)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

1 cup White Whole Wheat Flour (I like King Arthur)
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 Egg Whites
2 apples, quartered ( I just left in the seeds)
2 medium carrots


Heat Oven to 350 F and spray Loaf Pan with cooking spray

Whisk together flours, sugar, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon

Pour egg whites, apples and carrots into Vitamix Blender.

Crank Blender up to 10 and tamp down ingredients for about 30 seconds to liquify everything.

Fold wet ingredients into dry.

Pour mixture into loaf pan

Bake for about 25 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out cleanly.

We iced ours with a little icing sugar glaze, but it also tastes great on its own.
Let me know how this turns out for you!