Carrot Cake is one of those cakes you see everywhere and there are many versions of it. Over the years since I started baking I’ve made a fair few, some fantastic and some you’d want to chuck in the bin. This version though, is horrifically calorific seeing as the icing contains mascarpone! Heavenly, but gorgeous! Anyway, it wasn’t me who was going to eat it, this was another cake heading down to the Village Hall for our Open Gardens last month. It was also another recipe from my Cooking The Books Challenge, this time I chose to bake The Ultimate Carrot Cake from Delia’s Cakes
In another bowl I added all the dry ingredients, which included self raising flour, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. These were combined carefully with the egg mixture, closely followed by grated carrot, dessicated coconut (which I’d never put in a carrot cake before), sultanas and pecan nuts. What a heavenly combination! No wonder Delia called it the Ultimate Carrot Cake!
As you’ve probably guessed I’m a bit behind with the blogging at the moment. There’s been a lot going on. So I’m talking about a cake I made over three weeks ago but as I love baking carrot cakes this one I had to say was a joy to make. When they came out of the oven it took all my courage to not bite into the cakes there and then. But I had to restrain myself and get on with making up the icing.
The icing was made by whipping together two tubs of mascarpone, some ground cinnamon, brown sugar and a small amount of orange juice to add flavour. I forgot I needed to add a syrup glaze to the top of the cake first ,though!
While the cakes were cooling I made some carrot toppers out of sugarpaste to decorate the cake with.
The cake went down to our Village Hall with the other three cakes I’d baked and I was really pleased to see it had nearly all gone when I went down there with my mum in the early afternoon. As it was a warm day I was hoping there wouldn’t be a problem with the icing going all runny but it was fine.
Definitely another winner here and one I’d love to bake again.
Love Sam xx