Last week, Jaya and I were casually talking, when we realized that (y)our 'Tamalapaku' would turn one on Mar 1st. We were tracing all the events since then and we were very thrilled. Looking back, we have come quite a long way having posted 264 recipes and counting. Given the fact that we were on vacation for almost 4 months, we thought it is a fairly good number of recipes, don't you think? We have worked hard to give our space a pretty face and still working on some good-to-have features which we hope will help all of you to better navigate our blog. We shall also be hosting a few events starting this keep watching this space!!

We are truly humbled by the response we get from friends, followers, subscribers, silent followers and occasional visitors. We hope to continue receiving support, encouragement and your valuable/constructive comments. We have almost had about 23, 500 visitors as of this morning.

We wanted to celebrate this happy occasion with this healthy bake of mine which is inspired by Priya of Priyasnowserving and Madhuram of EgglesscoookingIt has been quite some time since I baked a Carrot Cake. And so I thought it would be a great idea to bake a cake which is  fat free and has the goodness of whole wheat, pineapple, dry nuts and flax seed. To top it all it turned out to be Vegan too. I played around with the ingredients a little and came up with this combination. 

The cake turned out to be dense and moist and very tasty! A tad guilt-free too, may I add?

Ingredients - 
Dry Ingredients - 
Whole Wheat Flour 2 Cups (I used Annapurna brand)
Sugar 1 Cup (I used Raw Sugar)
Baking Powder 1 tsp
Baking Soda 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp
Wet Ingredients - 
Apple Sauce 1/2 Cup (I used Cinnamon Flavored)
Orange Juice 1/3 - 1/2 cup (as needed to make the batter)
Water 1 Cup
Flax Seed  Powder 2 Tbsp + 6 Tbsp of water
Other Ingredients - 
Carrots Shredded 2 Cups
Mixed Dry Nuts Chopped 1/2 Cups
Pineapple Finely Chopped 1 cup

For Decoration - Icing sugar and Grated Carrot 2 cups (Optional) 
[My 9 year old suggested I dress it up with grated carrots!!]

Method Of Preparation - 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. (I used a light colored pan).

Sift the Wheat Flour along with Salt, Baking soda and Baking powder

In a mixing bowl, add all dry ingredients together.

Mix all the wet ingredients in another bowl.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well together.

Fold in carrots, nuts, pineapple.

Grease 9 X 12 pan with canola oil and/or line with parchment paper.

Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for 45 min or until a skewer or toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Let is cool completely.

I dusted some icing sugar on the cake and also spread the grated carrots to dress it up a little. 

Please free to decorate/frost the cake as per your taste.
Sending this cake to Champa's 'Weekly Bake Off' and Suma's 'Cooking With Seeds - Wheat'

Preparation Time 15 min + Baking Time 45 min
Makes 9 X 12 cake


  1. Congrats Harini .. cake looks super soft ..

  2. Anonymous Says:
  3. Congrats on the Blog Anniversary!
    I am a silent reader of your blog, you have tasty, healthy and easy to make recipes.

  4. Umm Mymoonah Says:
  5. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, looking forward to many yummy recipes from you. Carrot cake looks absolutely delicious.

  6. Congrats dear, hoping for yummy dishes for coming year..cake looks so juicy & delicious

  7. divya Says:
  8. Congrats dear,carrot cake looks delicious and yummy...

  9. Champa Says:
  10. Congratulations. Keep it going. Thanks for the entry.

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. congrats on ur blog turning one! wishing u many more to come!
    the carrot cake looks wonderful,,,nice one for the celebration

  13. Raji Says:
  14. Congratulations!! The cake is looking perfect to celebrate the occasion.

  15. congrats on ur blog anniversary and just keep rocking.The carrot cake is awesome and lovely.

  16. Priya Suresh Says:
  17. Congrats on ur blog anniversary Harini& Jaya, keep rocking gals...Cake looks super delicious,wat an excellent cake to celebrate this beautiful day..

  18. Suma Gandlur Says:
  19. I wish you many many more such milestones!!
    And don't worry about the number of posts. It's the quality that matters.:)
    Thanks for sending that delicious cake.

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. delicious cake and beautiful effort.Happy anniversary.

  22. aipi Says:
  23. Happy Birthday to your blog dear..Congratulations and wish you and your Blog a long and happy presence in the culinary world!!
    Loved the cake!!

    US Masala

  24. Happy b'day to your blog and really it's a great achievement to post 264 recipes technically in 8 months :-) Wonderful cake to celebrate with

    Hamaree Rasoi

  25. Padhu Sankar Says:
  26. The way u have dressed up the cake with grated carrots looks very colorful .Cake looks yummy and happy blog anniversary

  27. Pari Vasisht Says:
  28. Congrats dear, very colourful looking cake.


  29. Unknown Says:
  30. Happy first blog anniversary dear, that cake is just perfect to celebrate the occasion :)

  31. Anonymous Says:
  32. hey hi..jus wanted to knw wats d measurment for orange juice..i believe u din mention it anywhere abt it :)

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