Carob syrup cake

Serves 12 people

If you thought carob was only for diet-conscious hippies, well think again. In fact the strong rounded flavour of carob syrup is one of the most delicious ingredients you'll cook with all year.

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 380g + 1 Tbsp self-raising flour
  • 300g carob syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 500g ricotta
  • 320g dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract
Instructions

1 Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease the inside of a 2½ L Bundt cake form with butter and dust with 1 Tbsp flour. Pour in the carob syrup, then place in the freezer for 20 minutes, until the syrup thickens.

2 Combine the eggs, oil, ricotta, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add the flour and beat well. Spoon over the syrup and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a skewer can be inserted and removed cleanly. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then invert onto a plate.

 

You can find Carob syrup at some good delicatessens, or at most Middle ester food shops. Otherwise, it’s easy to purchase online from Australian Carob.