Have your cake and eat it

c cake 5Yesterday Grandad Gray gave us some lovely carrots from his garden. They are perfect and just what a carrot should be. So…… as they deserve to be treated with huge respect we decided to do the only fair   thing and….. turn them into cake.


c cake 1Now this particular recipe is one we’ve been working on for a number of years and is a recipe that borrows a bit from several recipes. So should you wish to recreate this moist delight here’s what you need to do.

180grams of dark brown sugar

225 grams self raising flour

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

2 large eggs (or three small ones)

11/2teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda

150 grams melted butter

180 grams of grated carrot (we just scrubbed the carrots but we guess you could peel them if you wish)

3 teaspoons of mixed spice

Zest of an orange

Juice of an orange

180 grams sultanas (or mixed fruit)

Preheat the oven to 190c

Mix the eggs, sugar and melted butter together and add golden syrup.c cake 2

Sift the flour, bicarb and mixed spice in a large bowl.c cake 4

Stir the egg mixture into the flour.

Fold in the zest, juice, grated carrot and sultanas.c cake 3

Put in a greased or lined tin

Bake for 35- 40 mins until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.

Cool in tin.

Take approx 150 grams cream cheese, 100 grams icing sugar, mix well.

Chill the cream cheese mixture whilst cake cools.c cake 6

When cake is stone cold top with the cream cheese and make pretty patterns avec un fork!!!

Serve with a pitcher of sun tea or elderflower cordial!

Sit and relax.



14 thoughts on “Have your cake and eat it

  1. YUM!!!!! I’ve got excess carrots so I think this is what I’m making tomorrow or Thursday afternoon! 🙂 xx

  2. folowing a tip from a professional cake-maker, I add some dessicated coconut to the mix, helps retain the moisture – and it tastes nice!

  3. I’ve rummaged back for this post to tell you that I made this cake and took it to work – rave reviews is not the word!! I’m no baker yet I’ve been declared cake-maker of the month I think! It was snaffled up in no time, with comments on the amazng texture and moist-ness and flavour. Cheers Team Pugh!
    On another note – how do I find the categories that you’ve put each pot in? I only seem to be able to find them by finding a post already destined for desired category and clicking the link there…

    • Wow – this is praise indeed 🙂 I have had a play with our widgets and have put the categories at the bottom and also added a search feature – I hope this helps. Thank you for reading and making our recipes 🙂

  4. PS forgot to state the additional factt hat the cake-tasters are all bonified National Trust staff – which means they know a good cake when they see one!

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