Don't worry, it may look a bit sloppy, but that's because I took the picture before the icing set.
Carrot cake is favourite tea time treat, but it was no always so popular. It's first appearance was greeted rather tentatively. A vegetable? In a cake? You've got to be kidding? Today, we are still sceptical about vegetables in cakes, but with carrots we seem to consider them a traditional ingredient. So just where did carrot cake come from?
During the Medieval period, Europeans used to eat carrot pudding, which involved cooking carrots in boiling honey and nut oil until it thickened. The concept of using carrots for dessert was revived during World War Two when sugar and fruits were scarce or rationed. At first this was just considered a poor substitute, but I guess people got used to it, and eventually began to start liking it. Carrot cake was made as a 'healthy' treat, but thats not really true; carrots may be healthy, but so are dates, and no one would claim that sticky toffee pudding was good for you.
Healthy or not, carrot cake is a national (and personal favourite). There are an endless number of variations to the recipe, with the option to include fruit, use different spices, and choose the type of topping you want. Here's my version. Based on the brands I used, each slice is about 156 calories.