Horray it’s launch day!
What better way to celebrate than to make a cake!
I made this carrot cake for my baby gender reveal (a boy), for my youngest nieces 2nd birthday and my sister made carrot cupcakes for my baby shower.
Safe to say it is a very popular cake!!
What you will need;
An oven (obviously) pre heated to 170C
Electric mixer – or if your old school like me a really good mixing bowl!
Scales (or a measurement converter – google)
2 or 3 round cake tins
300ml oil (sunflower, vegetable)
280g soft brown sugar (I use light)
300g plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
Pinch of cinnamon
300g carrots (grated up)
So how do we get this started?
Get your big bowl (I prefer Jamie Olivers big blue mixing bowl with the flat side, great for a good whisk up! get one here) or get your electric mixer.
If your doing it old school whisk up the brown sugar before putting it in the bowl so it breaks down any lumps. Add the eggs (no egg shell – go on pick them out!) and oil and give it a good mix until smooth.
Add the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and vanilla essence then mix. Put in the flour slowly till smooth.
Finally put in the grated carrot and fold (fold mixture over and over) till all the carrot is mixed in.
Grease the cake tins and then pour in the sticky mixture!
If you’re like my sister then lick the bowl, saves on dishes?
Pop in the oven for about 25 minutes (check after 20 minutes). Once it is all spongey in the middle and not gooey it’s ready!
Use a butter knife and run it round the edges of the cake to separate from the cake tin. Turn the tin upside down on a plate or cake board (chopping board with glad wrap/cling film). Leave to cool and then ice with yummy cream cheese icing!!
300g icing sugar
50g unsalted butter (soft, so leave it out of the fridge)
120g cream cheese
If you have a blender or electric mixer put the butter and icing sugar in and mix till smooth then add the cream cheese.
If your blender has broken – like mine, then mix the butter the cream cheese until thick. Then add little bits of icing sugar at a time till all smooth and sticky.
Decorate how ever you want! Flags are fun! Icing kit is fun (mine is broken……….I really need to upgrade my kitchen wear!)
Enjoy for launch day!!!!