Thursday, 5 July 2012

I Can't Believe It's Healthy!!

Normally, I would just think about cutting the sugar just to feel a little less guilty when I'm baking sweets. But since I made the home made applesauce, I was inspired to make healthier desserts more often. I cannot promise not to regress at times, but hopefully I can share more on how to make it "tummy friendly".

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup home made applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 170º C. Grease a bundt cake mould and sprinkle flour. (I used my good old 8x8 pan)
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, and salt.
3. Add the applesauce, egg, vanilla, and carrots and chocolate chips and mix just until well mixed.
4. Pour into the cake pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for about 15-20 minutes before icing.
5. I used chocolate ganache (semi-sweet chocolate melted in hot cream) to top my cake.


The author glazed it with about 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar mixed with about a teaspoon of milk and then topped that with a few tablespoons of warmed up Nutella or any hazelnut spread you have. According to her, it would be good dusted with powdered sugar too, or with whipped cream, or even plain.

Since I used 8x8 pan, the cake came out a little too thin. It was about quarter of an inch. But the taste didn't disappoint. It was moist and rich and never tasted like apples or carrots!


You can still see the shredded carrots
Sorry for the blurry shot

It's unbelievably moist!


  1. healthy ha, may applesauce and carrots. =)

  2. wow! looks yummy. how I wish I know how to bake so I can try this at home

  3. Yum ! That cake looks rich and moist !

  4. omg, i'm craving for a carrot cake! i'll gonna make this weekend
    copied our recipe ha

  5. would love to taste but don't know how to bake, looks yummy (i thought it was brownie though)...

  6. I wish I had an oven too.
    Nice cake. Nobody would notice there's carrots inside, good for the kids!

  7. Ang galing! I never would've guessed that cake had carrots and applesauce in it. Chocolates kaagad ang nakita ko.;) This is so cool. Now I wished we had an oven here at home too. I've always wanted to try baking.

  8. For sure its healthy because of carrots, i want to try sana but we don't have oven here ;(

  9. this is so informative.. I learned something new thanks for sharing..

  10. wow! it looks so yummy! I'm so inggit dahil ako di tlga marunong mgluto at magbake :(

  11. I love desserts with carrot shreds in them! Yum.

  12. wow it does look really moist yummy! just a question.. how did you manage to transfer that to a plate from the pan? I tried to make a fudge cake (not so healthy) and I wasn't able to transfer it in whole to the plate from the pan because it got stuck to the pan =( would love to learn how...

    1. hmm.. you might want to check if you greased your pan well. minsan kuripot ako mag grease at yun ang reason kung bakit dumidikit yung cake at di na buo pag lipat sa plate. hehe i also let the cake sit for about 10 minutes before i try to transfer it to the cooling rack then to the plate. :)

  13. Looks good! I want to try this recipe. hmmm...Might as well check your recipe of apple sauce.

  14. Makes me want to try my hand at baking. Looks so delicious!