CARROT (or APPLE) LENTEN CAKE from Sonia Tashjian

Sonia Tashjian’s Carrot Lenten Cake

Periodically, Sonia Tashjian posts a special recipe from her vast repertoire on The Armenian Kitchen. With the Lenten season in full swing, she recently added her recipe for a carrot cake which is suitable
for those choosing to follow a strict Lenten diet – or anyone at all!

Without further ado, here is Sonia’s
preparation for Carrot Lenten Cake. In parentheses, I have noted that appple juice and applesauce may be substituted for the carrot juice and puree.


From Sonia Tashjian


5 cup flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup vegetable oil

1 cup carrot juice (apple juice with no sugar added)

1 cup carrot puree (unsweetened applesauce)

1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup sesame seeds


1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking
powder, and cinnamon. Next, stir in the oil, carrot (or apple) juice and carrot
puree (or apple sauce).

2. After the cake dough is formed, stir-in the chopped nuts
& raisins.

3. Lightly oil a baking tray or cake pan large enough to
hold the dough. Flatten the dough with wet hands, then sprinkle the sesame
seeds on the top.

4. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake in the center rack of
the oven for 35 – 45 minutes.

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  • I made the apple variant with a local apple cider. It came out denser than I expected but still good with a cup of tea. :)

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