Carrot Birthday Cake

So I recently turned 17, and wanted my favourite cake flavour. Carrot Cake. My mum made my birthday cake with a orange Philadelphia cream ( because we forgot to buy mascarpone). Philadelphia cheese gave the same taste as mascarpone would, so I recommend Philadelphia as a substitute for mascarpone.

photoWe used a Mary Berry recipe which is straight forward and hard to go wrong with. I decided I wanted to have walnuts in the cake because I don’t normally have walnuts in my carrot cakes and wanted a change. They tasted great with the cake, just make sure you cut them finely and not too chunky.

Here is the recipe from Mary Berry-

For the Cake-

  • 250ml (9fl oz) sunflower oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 225g (8oz) light muscovado sugar
  • 200g (7oz) carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 300g (10oz) self-raising flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 75g (2½ oz) walnuts, shelled and chopped, plus 8 halves to decorate

For the Icing-

  • 50g (1¾ oz) butter (room temperature)
  • 25g (scant 1oz) icing sugar
  • 300g Philadelphia Soft Cheese
  • a few drops of vanilla extract

Method-

For the Cake-

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease two deep 20cm round sandwich tins and line the bases of the cake tins with baking parchment.
  2. Put the oil, eggs, and sugar into?a large mixing bowl. Whisk until the mixture is well combined, lighter, and noticeably thickened. Gently fold the carrot into the cake batter, then stir in the flour, baking powder, mixed spice, ginger, and chopped walnuts until evenly blended.
  3. Spoon the mixture evenly between the tins. Put the cakes in the oven and bake for about 35 minutes, or until golden brown, risen, and shrinking away from the sides of the tins. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

For the Icing-

  1. Put the butter, icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla extract in a bowl and whisk using a hand or electric whisk until smooth and thoroughly blended.
  2. Spread half the icing on one cake, sit the other cake on top, and spread the remaining icing on top to make a swirl pattern. Decorate the top of the cake with the halved walnuts.

Adeola x

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