Sunday, 30 May 2010

Carrot cake

Yesterday we were visiting a friend's house in the evening for another friend's birthday. Kerry was planning on providing a buffet of hot meals, so I offered to bring some pudding. I got quite a few carrots in my fruit and veg box this week, so decided that naturally I had to make a carrot cake. I've not made many cakes before, so I was interested to see how it would turn out.

I used a recipe from Louise of Comida Y Vida, which you can find here. I had already tried Louise's carrot cake at the Midlands Food Bloggers meet-up, so I was looking forward to recreating it at home!

I didn't make the topping because it has cheese in it and I thought I'd be kind to my fiancé and make it edible for him, so I just dusted the top with icing sugar. Louise has since told me that she's made a topping using icing sugar and orange juice before and that works quite well, so I might have to give that a go in the future. I also used rapeseed oil rather than sunflower or vegetable oil, and that seemed to work pretty well.

This was before I dusted it - I managed to forget to get a picture of it after it was finished. Anyway, it was lovely - beautifully moist, sweet and very more-ish. Almost as good as Louise's! Everyone at the gathering appreciated it, the birthday boy, Febs, especially as he got to take the leftovers home.

I do love baking cakes. CAKE! Nom nom nom.

(NB: My cakes always come out slightly funny shapes because I am rubbish at lining cake tins.)


  1. Life's too short to faff about lining cake tins to perfection, your cake looks great and as it seems to have tasted great, that is what it's all about :)

  2. So glad you had a go at baking it, tho I warn you it can become addictive. I think that's because I convince myself it's a cake that is good for you ... well it must be one of the required 5-a-day right!? :-)

  3. My parents are coming to visit this weekend and have seen this blog post and are now demanding I make them one!

  4. Your cake looks good. I always use silicone moulds for baking as I don't have to faff around with lining them and they generally work pretty well.

  5. I never knew you could get silicone moulds. I must investigate this!