Thursday 3rd February was National Carrot Cake Day! I know what you’re all thinking! Oh, she’s a bit late here, it’s now Tuesday 8th February. But last Thursday was so busy, I had no time to think about making any carrot cakes. Instead I shared a photo collage of some previous carrot cakes I’d made, as well as some cupcakes flavoured with cream cheese and cinnamon frosting. I fully planned on making a Carrot Cake of some description at the weekend as it is a family favourite.
Carrot Cake is another challenge to scratch off the #100bakeschallenge poster! It’s been a while since I’ve baked a whole Carrot Cake. For some reason I’ve ended up making cupcakes instead. When I have made up Afternoon Tea orders, I have offered carrot cupcakes as one of the options and they always go down well. I really wanted to bake a traybake, though as it’s been a while since I’ve used my special Mary Berry endorsed Lakeland traybake tin.
I’ve tried out different carrot cake recipes to get an overall favourite but instead of a big cake, I chose a traybake style recipe instead. I used the Mary Berry recipe from her Baking Bible but adapted it. Mary’s recipe uses nuts but I substituted raisins in mine. This is because if I take any spares into work (which is a nut free zone), I know that it will be safe. I also made a different cream cheese frosting for the topping. Mary’s version uses cream cheese, honey and lemon juice whereas I used a traditional cream cheese icing with butter and icing sugar added. The main cake was also full of ginger and cinnamon with double the spices I would usually put in. I hope this appeals to whoever eats it!
As I’ve been so short of time recently, I use ready made sugar decorations. In the past I’ve really enjoyed making my own mini carrots to go on top of the cakes but I added some to my online Sainsbury’s order the other day.
Although this is not the recipe I used, I found a similar Carrot Cake Traybake recipe on Mary Berry’s own website, which is just divine. If you like mascarpone, then this recipe is up your street:
Love Sam xx