Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour – and giveaway

Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour

I’m preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour which has been organised by Ladybird Books and The Happy Foodie.  We have been challenged to take storytelling from the page to the kitchen by creating a Spring recipe inspired by the Tales of Peter Rabbit.  I asked Monkey what he associated with Peter Rabbit and his instant response was Carrots!!  So we’ve decided to create some Carrot Cake slices.

Beatrix Potter and her wonderful stories were a key part of my childhood reading.  I adored all of the animals and their adventures.  Monkey loves them too and is a big fan of the television series.  Peter Rabbit is definitely his favourite character, and an obvious choice as our inspiration.  Both Peter and Monkey love carrots!

I based our Carrot Cake Slices on a recipe from one of my favourite baking books – The Big Book of Baking.

Here’s the full recipe for you, it’s super easy to make and they taste delicious!

Servings – 16 slices

prep time – 15 minutes
cook time – 40 minutes
passive time – 5 minutes

Ingredients

175ml sunflower oil (extra for greasing baking tin)
175g light muscavado sugar
3 eggs
175g grated carrots
85g sultanas
175g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
16 carrot cake decorations – optional

for frosting
200g full fat soft cheese
100g icing sugar
2 tsp orange juice
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat the oven to 180 deg C/350F/Gas mark 4
Grease and line the base of a 23 cm square baking tin
In a large bowl beat together the oil, muscovado sugar and eggs.  Stir in the grated carrots and sultanas.
Sift together the flour, bicarb of soda, cinnamon and nutmeg, then stir evenly into the carrot mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and bake in a preheated oven for 40-45 minutes , until well risen and firm to touch.
Remove the cake from the oven and set on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Turn out on a wire rack when completely cool.
For the frosting – combine the soft cheese, icing sugar and orange juice in a bowl and beat until smooth.
Spread over the top of the cake.  Decorate with chocolate carrots!.  When set, you can cut the carrot cake into squares or slices

Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour 2

For more Spring recipes, inspired by Peter Rabbit and friends, why not head over to The Happy Foodie and discover how celebrity chefs and their children are joining in!   If our Carrot Cake Slices have got you in the mood for baking then why not pop over to the following blogs who have been cooking up treats inspired by Peter Rabbit and Friends all week:

U me and the Kids, Emma in Bromley, Culture Baby, Emmy’s Mummy, Side Street Style and The Handmade Mum.

What will you be cooking this Easter?

disclaimer:  we were given a lovely set of books in exchange for this post.

If you have some Beatrix Potter fans in the house, I have a lovely giveaway for you too!

Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour

Today’s lovely giveaway book bundle includes – a hardback copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The World of Peter Rabbit – A pull out Pop-Up book and A Big Box of Little Books containing 9 mini board books featuring some of the best-loved characters from the world of Beatrix Potter.  The book bundle is worth over £25.00!  Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win this lovely set of books – good luck!

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Only the first step of this form is mandatory, all other steps are optional. Only one entry per person is allowed.

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once a winner is randomly picked, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within one week, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will close on 27th April 2015 at midnight.

Peter Rabbit Book bundle worth over £25.00

About Over 40 and a Mum to One

I'm a Mum in my late 40′s with an 8 year old son. I had a busy life in Export Sales before my Monkey came along, but decided to become a stay at home Mum once he arrived. Now I enjoy writing my own family lifestyle and travel blog. sharing the adventures that we have as Monkey makes his journey through school.We have a cat called Brewster who makes appearances and I’m a mad Ferrari Formula 1 fan, so that expect to hear about as each season unfolds.We love reviewing days out, toys, games and books and would love the opportunity to look at anything that fits in with our family lifestyle. We are always out and about and offering an insight on the places we visit, with a passion for nature thrown in for good measure.If you like what you read please leave me a comment, I love to hear from people, and always try to reply. Enjoy the read.

124 thoughts on “Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour – and giveaway

  1. I love Peter Rabbit as it’s the first Beatrix Potter book I read and I loved it from the start, plus he looks so cute in his little blue jacket!

  2. Jeminima Puddleduck, I was obsessed with her when I was little and my son loves looking at pictures of her in my old Peter Rabbit books

  3. Tabitha Twitchit the cat is my favourite. Not only does she hold down a job as a shopkeeper she also deals cheerfully with her three naughty kittens.

  4. Mrs Tiggiewinkle – as I’ve got older – washing is all I seem to do but probably not as cheerfully as Mrs T

  5. Mrs Tiggywinkle has always been my favourite, I always loved her name as a child I thought it sounded really interesting.

  6. Its got to be Mrs Tiggy Winkle.
    She was always my mums favourite.
    So i grew up with mrs tiggy winkle artwork and stuff around my house. Xx

  7. Jeminima Puddleduck. my nan has a china statue of her next to the fireplace and it was always my favourite thing to see as a child when i visited 🙂

  8. Mrs tiggywinkle was always my childhood favourite, I had a jigsaw brought to me by my nan which I kept for years

  9. Jemima Puddleduck, my Grandad bought me a really big framed watercolour when I was just small of Jemima, I loved her, loved all of the Peter Rabbit books, they are beautiful. Thank you for the chance x x

  10. Peter is my favourite and always has been as my Nan made me a soft toy one when I was little – I still have him

  11. Tom Kitten, naught but oh so cute in his little outfits – he’s even cute as a kitten sausage roll with his little head an tail poking out of either end when Samuel Whiskers tries to bake him!

  12. Mrs Tiggy winkle very cute and have some lovely memory’s of my daughter posed with Mrs Tiggy winkle at Beatrix potter world

  13. Peter Rabbit as I always like the main character of everything! I remember him from my childhood and wanting to be like him

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