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
175ml sunflower oil (extra for greasing baking tin)
175g light muscavado sugar
175g grated carrots
175g self raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
16 carrot cake decorations – optional
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
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:
What will you be cooking this Easter?
disclaimer: we were given a lovely set of books in exchange for this post.
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