17:54 | Posted by Nim Headland | Category

Carrot Cakes

This is my recipes for epic little carrot cakes. They are so easy and really just about getting cake down neck in the shortest possible time. They are my middle finger to poncy, overpriced cupcakes that are more icing and glitter than substance. There is a time and a place for fancy, self-important cakes and this is not it. These are cakes for hungry friends with builders tea.

This makes about 12 fat little cakes, but feel free to make one big one in a greased and lined tin or oiled silicon tin.

You'll need to get yourself:

175g sifted self-raising flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
125g soft brown sugar
1 and a half teaspoons of ground cinnamon
3 beaten eggs
150ml of sunflower oil
1 teaspoon good vanilla essence (splash out on the posh one)
250g grated carrots
A handful of sultanas (optional)

For the cream cheese frosting:
150g cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
75g icing sugar
Juice of half a lemon

First of all, get your oven preheated to 180oc or Gas 4.
I used my silicon muffin tray, which is an awesome investment and only needs a cursory oiling, but if you are still using a tin muffin tray, pop in some paper cases else you'll get stuck.

Wack your sifted flour, baking powder, sugar and cinnamon into a big bowl and stir to mix well. Make a hole in the centre with your fist and with a big wooden spoon mix in the eggs, oil, vanilla, carrots and sultanas (if using)

Spoon the mix into your muffin tray or paper cases and chuck in the oven for about 25 mins until they have risen and turned and inviting golden brown colour. Test with a skewer if you're not sure. When cooked, remove to cool on a wire rack or a plate if you're desperate!

While they're cooling, make your awesome cream cheese frosting. Mix together cream cheese, icing sugar, vanilla essence and lemon juice, then swirl a generous and messy spoonful over each cooled cake. These last a good few days un-iced and travel well. Even children like them, although I think the frosting is more for grown ups. The child that tested mine ate the cake and left the icing!


Mary Elliott said...

they look great, will try to make some :)

Nimlet said...

Ooh they're easy! Have fun :-)

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