Trans-Jactivist Carrot Cake

April 19, 2011 § 2 Comments

Oh, did you hear the news? The Royal College of Psychiatrists has just announced the cancellation of the “Transgender: Time to Change Conference.” Do you know what goes well with the sweet, sweet taste of justice? Carrot cake, that’s what.

The lovely Paris Lees has already been kind enough to share her recipe for Julie Bindel Lemon Drizzle Cake – and, I must say, it’s sweeter and more delicious than that  journalist’s writings will ever be. As a playful kind of riposte to that particular “rad fem” crowd’s insistence  on faux biological absolutes and love of transphobic slurs, I present to you the Trans-Jacktivist Carrot Cake.

I'm in your cake-tin, destabilising the fixed sweet/savoury binary.

Some outdated and unimaginative people insist that carrots and cheese are only for savoury dishes. Nonsense. By ignoring irrelevant cultural tropes, these ingredients have followed their true calling and transitioned, if you will, into one of the loveliest desserts you could ever hope to taste. So call your activist friends around, and get baking.

For the cake, you will need:

  • 350g carrots, peeled and grated (or use a food processor)
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 225g soft dark brown sugar
  • 125ml oil (something with no particular flavour, like sunflower)
  • 225g plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mixed spice (vary to taste – a little extra cinnamon, ginger or nutmeg can be lovely)
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 75g raisins or sultanas

1) Preheat your oven to 150C and line a brownie pan.

2) Mix all the ingredients together. That’s it. Done.

3) Pour into pan and bake for around 40-45 minutes. You’ll know when it’s done – it’ll spring back when touched and a skewer inserted into the centre will come out clean.

4) Leave to cool.

Don't eat it yet! There's more deliciousness to come.

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 300g icing sugar
  • 50g room temperature butter
  • 125g full-fat cream cheese
  • Flavouring of your choice – I’m fond of orange zest, but lemon zest, lime zest or vanilla are all excellent options.

1) Mix together until smooth with an electric mixer.

2) Spread lovingly onto the cake. Don’t forget the love – it makes everything taste better. Sprinkle liberally with glitter.

3) Spend busy day saving the world. Come home. Put feet up. Reward yourself with cake. And repeat.

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