[RECIPE] MY EASY GLUTEN FREE CARROT CAKE

As it’s National Carrot Day today (seems to be a national day for just anything these days!) I thought I would share with you my easy and simple gluten free Carrot Cake recipe! As the main body of the cake does not contain any dairy ingredients, it can be easily made dairy free by changing the ingredients in the frosting. There are some dairy free carrot cake frosting recipes that simply involve icing sugar mixed with water [here] but for those who enjoy a creamier frosting, some people mix icing sugar with vanilla essence and dairy free butter [here].

Carrot Cake 1

INGREDIENTS – [FOR THE CAKE]

  •  140g grated Carrot [this usually eqautes to 1 large carrot]
  • 3 medium free range Eggs
  • 175g Muscovado Sugar [Light]
  • 175ml Vegetable Oil
  • 175g Gluten Free Self Raising Flour
  • 1 teaspoon of Gluten Free Baking Soda
  • 50g  Walnuts [broken into small pieces]

METHOD

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°c
  2. Using a cheese grater, grate the Carrots and put aside for later
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the 3 eggs and whisk until it’s frothy
  4. Add the Muscovado Sugar and Vegetable Oil into the whisked eggs and continue to mix together
  5. Sieve the Gluten Free Self Raising Flour and Baking Power into the mixing bowl and continue to mix until well combined
  6. Add the Walnuts peices and the grated Carrot into the mixture
  7. Generously grease a cake tin [or use greaseproof paper] and pour the Carrot Cake mixture in
  8. Pop the cake in the oven and bake for 30/35 minutes
  9. Once baked, insert a butter knife into the centre of the cake. The cake is ready if the knife comes on clean
  10. Leave the cake in the cake tin and leave to cool on a wire rack for 5 /10 minutes
  11. Remove the cake from the cake tin and leave to cool on the wire rack.
  12. Refrain from adding the icing or the frosting until the cake has cooled down.

INGREDIENTS – [FOR THE FROSTING]

  • 250g Cream Cheese [brought to room temperature]
  • 50g Butter [brought to room temperature]
  • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 275g of Icing Sugar

Although the frosting for the carrot cake is quite easy to make, I have been using Betty Crocker Vanilla Buttercream for the frosting instead and it tastes just as good. You can find the Betty Crocker range in all major supermarkets in the baking aisle. However below, is the step by step instructions to make your own carrot cake frosting. Also, feel free to omit or replace ingredients to make the frosting dairy free. 

METHOD

  • Whilst the cake is in the oven, add the Cream Cheese and Butter in a separate bowl, and mix together until the mix has become quite creamy
  • Add the Icing Sugar and Vanilla Extract to the bowl and mix together.
  • Once the cake has cooled, use a cake palette knife [I often use the back of a spoon] and generously spread the frosting on cake

[BLOG] MY ENDOMETRIOSIS STORY

Today marks the end of Endometriosis Awareness Month 2016 and it is during this month that all around the world, brave and beautiful women are sharing their own ‘Endometriosis Story’ in the hope to spread awareness of this horrible and debilitating condition.

Before I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2013, I had never heard of the name or knew it ever existed. Yet since being diagnosed and speaking to people about it, I have discovered that so any women suffer from it or know of someone who does. In the UK alone, 1 in 10 women will be diagnosed with endometriosis, which is a high statistic, especially since most doctors aren’t informed about the condition, they’re still finding out new discoveries about it and that sadly, there is no cure.

endometriosis-information

Endometriosis is when cells, that behave like the lining of the womb (endometrium), is found outside of the womb. Every month, these cells react in the same way to those found in the womb, building up, breaking down and then bleeding. Unlike the cells in the womb that leave the body as a period, this blood has no way to escape.

The most common places it can be found is on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the bladder and the bowel to name but a few. Symptoms can vary from woman to woman but the most common symptoms are; painful periods, heavy periods, pain in the lower abdomen, pain in the pelvis and lower back etc. As each ‘endo sufferer’ have their own personal experience with the condition, it has been very hard to find a treatment that works. For example, what works for one woman, won’t work for the other.

My Endometriosis Story

On my new site, ‘Gluten Free City Girl‘, I have wrote my own ‘Endometriosis Story‘ which I hope spreads awareness, encourage other women to go to their GP if they suspect they have endometriosis and to reach out to other brave ladies who are also ‘endo sufferers’. Although I was diagnosed in 2013, I am STILL finding out new things about it, new ways of coping with the condition, new ways or managing the pain. I would love to hear from other ladies with the condition and discover their ways of coping and managing it.

 

ENDO STORY 2016

If you would like more information about Endometriosis, you can visit the amazing website: Endometriosis UK who have several really useful pages such as ‘Getting Diagnosed with Endometriosis‘ and ‘Facts about Endometriosis‘.

However if you are a sufferer but would like to speak to somebody about your endometriosis (or want to discuss a loved one with the condition), the Endometriosis UK have an amazing  and useful Helpline service, which I have used a few times myself. As the helplines are manned by volunteers who happen to be ‘endo sufferers’ themselves, they aren’t allowed to give you any medical advice but can talk about their own experiences with endometriosis. If you do want to contact them, please check their opening times before you call to see when the service is available.

I have also left my contact details below incase you would like to talk to me about your endometriosis story, to tell me about your ways of coping and managing endometriosis pain or to simply rant! However, you are more than welcome to leave a comment in the comment section below.

ENDOMETRIOSIS HELPLINE NUMBER – 0808 808 2227
FACEBOOK – THE GLUTEN FREE STUDENT COOKBOOK
TWITTER – @GFCITYGIRL
INSTAGRAM – @GFCITYGIRL
EMAIL – GLUTENFREECITYGIRL@GMAIL.COM

[BLOG] AN UPDATE: ENDOMETRIOSIS AND GLUTEN FREE CITY GIRL

 

For some time now, I have wanted to start another blog. Since becoming ill with Endometriosis I have found it difficult to come back to blogging on The Gluten Free Student Cookbook as well as finding easy and cheap ways of making gluten free student grub. On the rare occasions where I have an ounce of energy, I am finding it hard thinking of something to write. This has become extremely harder since I am no longer a student.

Which is why I have started my new blog; Gluten Free City Girl where I will blog about new recipes I have tried, new places I have discovered as well as blogging about things I love. I will also blog about my Endometriosis in the hope I help anyone else who suffers from the disabling and chronic disease. However, if I come across any news, recipes and restaurants that I think would help if you are a gluten free student, I will also blog about here.

gluten free city girl

Gluten Free City Girl is still a working progress but I am excited to come back to the world of blogging and get back in with the amazing gluten free community. Both me Instagram and Twitter account names have changed from @CoeliacStudent to @GFCityGirl but for the moment my Facebook page still remains the same.

I also want to thank you all for the amazing and lovely messages, comments and emails that I have received whilst I wasn’t blogging and I am so sorry for not having a chance to reply to any of you and to comment back. Since being diagnosed with Endometriosis back in 2013, I have had nothing but scan after scan, two surgeries (with one impending),  a few 999 calls, a couple of hospital stays and daily dose of tramadol and morphine – which completely ‘zonks’ me out. Although I am trying to keep a relatively ‘normal’ life by managing to work full time but that does mean by the end of the day I am wiped out.

But, I am trying to remain as positive as I can and really want to start blogging in and getting back in touch with you all!