I miss winter. I really do. Even more so because spring is stuck in a limbo not being able to decide whether to warm up or stay cool. Winter this year was even more exciting than previous years because I discovered to my absolute glee a herbivorous creature called Mr. Periwinkle.
Now before you all think that I’ve lost my marbles, let me assure you that Mr. Periwinkle is a dapper purple carrot and he does indeed exist in the bustling lanes of Marketville in the heart of Organic Town. WhAt??*!! SAy Again*!??!* No, I am not crazy and you probably don’t know about a lot of things that go on in my whimsy mind. A few years ago I started creating daily vector characters with elaborate story scenarios on my design blog
. I brought to life sketches and ideas I had been tooling around with all my life, the dearest of them all – The Organic Town series & The Kraak Eggson Mysteries. Every time a fruit, vegetable or even pantry ingredient took my fancy, I would develop a fun interesting character with a quick short story and design it in Illustrator. I ended up with the mayor of Organic Town Mr Couch Potato
, his trusty bodyguard Karate (the meanest soba noodle in Ramenville)
, his arch nemesis Stripper The Onion
, Kraak Eggson
(Battery’s very own detective with a yolky smile), Scrambie
the love of his life, Pennechi
the best sauce roller in Pastra, the hilarious gender bender Daisy
and the very sinister Mr. Moovac
So when I saw a purple carrot for the first time ever, I had to vectorize him! And so Mr. Periwinkle was born. Mr. Periwinkle is a showman and runs the infamous Green Circus. Oh the composting tricks on display and the death defying eco crisis acts are enough to make you start digging!! Isn’t he dapper?
What is the best thing you can make with carrots either orange or purple? Carrot Cake, right? So that is exactly what I did. I grated the beautiful purple carrots to get delightful little purple shreds and baked them in the most delectable, most moist carrot cake ever. To jazz things up, I added some grated orange carrot to some orange carotina oil and used that in my recipe.
PURPLE CARROT CAKE
Preparation Time – 20 minutes
Baking Time – 60 minutes
Serves – 10
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup carotina oil
1/2 cup grated orange carrot
2 cups grated purple carrot
1/2 cup pecan nuts, chopped
1/2 cup sultanas, chopped
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 180C(350F). Grease and line a 22cm (9inch) round cake tin with non-stick baking paper. Mix orange carrot and carotina oil in a small bowl and set aside for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the sugar and beat with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and mix some more.
Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger over the sugar mixture. Add the carrot, pecan and sultanas and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared tin and bake in the pre heated oven for 60 minutes until cooked when tested with a skewer.
Serve warm or cool completely and spread with cream cheese frosting.