Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Carrot Cake

Life is rosy once again, I have completed my law degree! No more exams, no more lectures, no more assignments and no more workshops. Due to the whirlwind that was life in the library revising, everything but the basics fell by the wayside. So the last few days I have spent getting my life back on track, enjoying being able to spend time with friends and getting on board with baking again. 

I also celebrated my 22nd birthday on Saturday ... I was lucky enough to have an incredible birthday cake made by my great friend Hannah; Chocolate cake sandwiched with crème fraîche, blueberries and strawberries topped with double chocolate molten icing.
It was bloody good!

If you want to impress someone with a carrot cake ... bake them this carrot cake! Its so simple and so moist and you really can't go wrong ...

Serves 12-15
(depending on how generous you are)
Pre-heat oven to 180°C
Bake to perfection for 25 minutes

You will need the following:
225g Butter
225g Self Raising Flour
225g Soft Brown Sugar
100g Sultanas
4 Eggs
4 Carrots 
(medium sized - should equate to 225-250g of carrot)
2 tsp Ground Mix Spice
1Tbsp Baking Powder

250g Icing Sugar
2Tbsp Natural Yoghurt
1/4 Fresh Lime

Measure out the sugar and butter

Cream together until a pale fluffy paste

Add in the eggs one at a time

Next add the flour and baking powder

Grate the carrots by using either a hand held grater or the grater fixture on a food processor
Fold into the mixture

Finally add in the ground mix spice and sultanas

Bake to perfection for 25minutes ...
Check the cake at 20minutes & see if it is done. It may need 5minutes more or less than 25minutes depending on your oven

For a lighter icing:
Whilst the cake is baking mix together icing sugar and yoghurt

Then squeeze in the lime
For a more traditional icing:
100g Marscapone 
200g Double Cream
85g Icing Sugar
2 Limes (Zest & Juice)

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl & spread in the same manner as the lighter icing 

Spread evenly over the cake once it has completely cooled

Cut into squares 

& enjoy ...

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