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Can I Use Flour for the Venetian Carrot Cake?

Asked by nishaa. Answered on 30th September 2011

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Hello! I would like to use flour instead of ground almonds for the Venetian Carrot Cake (Kitchen, p278). It is possible? If so, then what amount of flour should I use? And if it is not possible then can you give me a carrot cake recipe but without any alcohol?

Image of Nigella's Venetian Carrot Cake
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Venetian Carrot Cake
By Nigella
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We would not recommend switching the ground almonds (almond meal) in the Venetian Carrot Cake for flour as the almonds are in the cake to keep it moist and crumbly. If flour is used then it will absorb some of the liquid from the carrots, making the cake dry. Also the glutens in the flour will make the cake tougher and feel denser (particularly as there is no raising agent in the cake). The end result would be fairly unappetizing.

The rum in the cake mixture is partly there for flavour and partly to hydrate the sultanas (golden raisins) to make them moist and plump. In this cake you can substitute orange juice for the rum. In the mascarpone cream you could either use a few drops of rum flavouring or vanilla extract instead of the rum (or seeds from a vanilla pod if you can only get flavourings with an alcohol base and really need to avoid even the smallest trace of alcohol). You could also try Nigella's Carrot Cupcakes from Domestic Goddess (p42) if you would like a recipe that uses flour and no alcohol.

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