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‘Yummy scrummy’ carrot cake

I sat down to write up this next entry and realised that not only is my life “uniquely boring” and my pastimes banal but even the writeups on this website are starting to follow a pattern of utter monotony.

So this time, it’s my mum’s birthday coming up and, as one does, I asked her if she would like a cake baked – I think it’s the only way I can show affection to anyone. Anyway, she asked for a carrot and walnut cake, something that’d I’d never tasted, never mind baked before.

Her birthday’s actually a few weeks away so today I nabbed the first result when searching Google for carrot cake and got to work.

Carrot Cake
Yields 15
A light and enticingly moist carrot cake.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 175g light muscovado sugar
  2. 175ml sunflower oil
  3. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  4. 140g grated carrots
  5. 100g raisins
  6. grated zest of 1 large orange
  7. 175g self-raising flour
  8. 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  9. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  10. ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  11. ;For the icing
  12. 175g icing sugar
  13. 1½-2 tbsp orange juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C. Prepare an 18cm square cake tin.
  2. Combine sugar and oil. Add eggs and lightly mix. Stir in carrots, raisins and orange zest.
  3. Separately, combine the flour, bicarbonate of soda and spaces. Sift into cake mix. Lightly mix all ingredients and stop when everything is even. Mixture should be soft, almost runny.
  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes, until it feels firm and springy when you press it in the centre. Allow to cool for 5 minute before removing.
  5. Combine the icing sugar and orange juice until smooth. Drizzle diagonally over cake. Cover or put in fridge to set.
Adapted from BBC Good Food
Adapted from BBC Good Food
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Despite the recipe’s warnings, the mix did end up runnier than I thought. That said, my attempt not only tastes nice but also looks a bit like the picture in the original recipe, so as far as I’m concerned it’s absolutely perfect.

Left 4 Marble Cake

Left 4 Marble Cake

I typically don’t decorate anything I bake because there’s never any real demand for it. Getting a design just right isn’t particularly rewarding when your cake is scoffed down in a fraction of the time it took to prepare it.

Birthday cakes are different though, I think. They’re all about the recipient and making them feel special, which I think I just about managed with my brother’s recent birthday.

I offered to bake him something for his birthday and he asked for a marble cake. Easily done.

Marble Cake
A tiny bit fancier (and tastier!) than a plain sponge
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 175g unsalted butter
  2. 175g caster sugar
  3. 175g self raising flour
  4. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 3 eggs
  6. 1 tbsp cocoa
  7. 1 tbsp hot water
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 and prepare a 20cm round cake tin.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until pale and, you know, creamy.
  3. Add eggs, flour and baking powder and beat until mixture is smooth.
  4. Put cocoa in another bowl with water and stir to form a smooth paste. Add half of the sponge mixture and thoroughly mix.
  5. Spoon mixtures into prepared tin to create the marble effect.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes until sponge is risen and golden brown on the outside.
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Marble cakes are something you make for your gran coming round, not your brother’s 18th birthday, so I had to spice it up at least a little bit. I’d never properly decorated a cake before so I wanted a simple design that’d at least be recognisable to him, and I think I got there eventually with the Left 4 Dead logo.

Hence, Left 4 Marble Cake and the definitely blood red sponge inside the cake.