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Clarified Carrot Cake.

Eating Alpha # 7. What Do I Do With The Rest Of My Life?

Time: 1 hour for prep. 3 hours in the fridge. 10 min for plating.

Recipe and Illustration by Gary Stevenson

Photography by Rima Dickson.

“God’s not going to ask you to leave behind stuff that’s good. He wants the very best for your life. He only asks you to leave behind the rubbish in your life, so you can take hold of all the treasure he has in store for you.” - Nicky Gumble

One of the biggest questions I had after encountering Jesus for the first time as a young adult was “Now What?” I sensed a profound change in my heart. My spiritual life was awakened. Everything seemed new, I seemed more alive than ever!

The more I grew in my relationship with God, the more unsatisfied I became with my previous ambitions and goals. My perspective and values were beginning to change. I was growing spiritually yet the overall direction of my life still seemed muddy.

As I continued to seek God and pray that He would reveal His will for my life, I realized I had the wrong approach. I needed to truly give my life, my body, my mind and my spirit over to him as a living sacrifice. I began to submit my life to His overall will and His will for my life started to become clearer, one day at a time.

I really like how Eugene Peterson (The Message) and The Voice Bible paraphrase Romans 12: 1-2 in the following quotes (parentheses added):

"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary [Carrot Cake] life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. - Romans 12:1-2, The Message

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. -Romans 12:2, The Passion Translation

The transformation of the muddy ingredients and flavours that make up a classic carrot cake into a transparent gele' represents the intentional journey we are on with God. As we fully give all of ourselves as living sacrifices, He removes the rubbish (As Nicky like to call it) and brings clarity and transformation to our lives. God turns our lives into something new and beautiful.

When the disciples first met Jesus after His resurrection, they did not recognize him. Only after He spoke to them or in one case, prepared breakfast for them, did they realize they were face to face with the resurrected Jesus. Jesus had been made into a new creation. It’s through His resurrection we have a glimpse and renewed hope for our future. A future of God’s promises fully revealed.

The carrots and spices that make up the classic Carrot Cake represent our familiar, everyday life before giving ourselves to Jesus. The process of plunging the egg whites into the heat of the simmering carrot juice is symbolic of giving our selves as Holy sacrifices. As the egg whites cook and transform from a liquid to a solid, they trap the solids or rubbish from the carrot juice, leaving a clarified stock that retains the essence of the flavours of carrot cake behind.

We then finish the dessert with the carrot and coconut pudding and a white chocolate cream cheese ganache. This is a simple edible and visual metaphor for how God will shape and work His purposes thought our lives to fulfill his plan creating something beautiful.

Clarified Carrot Cake Recipe

Special equipment:

1 medium sized pot

1 small pot

1 strainer

2 medium sized mixing bowls

1 paper coffee filter, cheesecloth or 2 layers of paper towel.

6 elegant, clear, glasses


small funnel


Clarified Carrot Cake Gele’

4 cups carrot juice - purchase this already juiced in a bottle. This should be available in most grocery stores along with the fresh juices.

1.5 cups apple juice

3 cinnamon sticks

6 - 8 whole cloves

1” knob of ginger root, peeled and roughly chopped

1 envelope of Knox Gelatine

¼ cup raisins

3 egg whites, (100 grams) separated from large eggs

2 teaspoons of raisins

Coconut Carrot Pudding Base

½ box of Shirriff Coconut Cream Pie filling.

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

1 Tablespoon of fresh squeezed orange juice.

1 cup of carrot juice reserved from above.


50 grams cream cheese

50 grams white chocolate

50 grams cream

1 teaspoon of Chinese 5 Spice

½ teaspoon ground ginger


Chopped pecans

Finely chopped crystalized ginger

Dried pineapple

Dried coconut

Freshly peeled carrot curls


Clarified Carrot Cake Gelle’

Time: 25 min

  1. In a medium saucepan, add 4 cups carrot juice and 1/14 cup apple juice on medium heat. Add in the cinnamon sticks, raisins, cloves and chopped ginger. Bring to a simmer, and let simmer for 15 - 20 minutes for the flavours to infuse.

  2. Pour the simmered juice through a strainer reserving the spices and raisins. Divide the simmered and strained carrot juice into two parts, 1.5 cups of juice in one small pot and 4 cups in a medium pot.

  3. Bring the 4 cups of carrot juice back up to a simmer.

  4. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whisk the egg whites until white and frothy as if you were making a soft meringue. I would recommend using an electric mixer.

  5. Whisk the egg whites into the simmering 3 cups of carrot juice in a medium pot. The egg whites will quickly coagulate (cook) and as they do they will captur