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:
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.
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124 thoughts on “Preparing for Easter with the Happy Feaster Blog Tour – and giveaway”
I always loved mischievious Miss Moppet, the pussy cat! She was cute but naughty!
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle I like hedgehogs and liked the story of the little girl helping deliver washing.
I always loved Mrs Tiggy Winkle, helping everyone with their washing!
Squirrel Nutkin i always thought he looked cute
Peter Rabit as he is very adventurous
Mine was always peter rabbit. remember it well from my childhood
Miss Tiggywinkle, I had a doll like her when I was a child and loved it so much
Peter Rabbit because he’s a classic character.
Mrs Tiggy Winkle, because she wins on points
Peter Rabbit – so loveable and fun!
Mrs TiggyWinkle, as she always came across as so cute and loveable
Think it’s Mrs Tiggy Winkle. Just love her name!
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!
Squirrel Nutkin i think he’s cute
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
peter rabbit always been my favourite
Pigling bland, I love a piggy in a waistcoat
Tom Kitten because he’s very, very cute.
Tom kitten! X
Tom Kitten – he was super super cute!
Mrs TiggyWinkle – love how shes always doing washing and her little apron
miss tiggywinkle is the one i always remember from a child x
peter rabbit as he is cute and a dare devil
Mrs Tiggywinkle because shes so kind and helpful and a hedgehog with are cute animals.
Jemima Puddleduck has always been my favourite x
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.
Peter Rabbit because he was my favourite when I was a child.
peter rabbit, he was a childhood hero 🙂
Miss Tiggy Winkle because she is just so cute with her apron and bonnet.
Mrs Tiggiewinkle – as I’ve got older – washing is all I seem to do but probably not as cheerfully as Mrs T
Miss Tiggywinkle – she always gives great advice.
Mrs TiggyWinkle, I loved her as a child & used to watch the VHS over & over
I’ve always loved Peter Rabbit, I’ve even bought myself a Steiff version!
Mrs Tiggy-Winkle – memories of staying at my grandparents and reading the old and battered Beatrix Potters that my Dad and his brothers read when they were little.
Mrs Tiggywinkle has always been my favourite, I always loved her name as a child I thought it sounded really interesting.
Peter Rabbit x
mrs tiggywinkle -best name ever
I have always loved Peter. Full of adventure!
peter rabbit because he is so adorable
Always loved Jemima Puddleduck. My little one has a cuddly toy of her and she looks like mummy (waddles!)
Peter Rabbit hes mischievous and cute x x
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
Peter Rabbit was always my fave – he’s a bit cheeky!
Squirrel Nutkin has we have around ten that come for food each day.
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 🙂
Squirrel Nutkin as he is so much fun xx
Peter Rabbit as he doesn’t do as he’s told, much like ne, lol
Peter Rabbit x
It’s a toss up between Jemima Puddleduck or mrs Tiggywinkle ,they are all quite lovable in their own way x
I like peter – he’s a classic!
Mrs Tiggywinkle as she is kind and friendly
Mrs tiggywinkle was always my childhood favourite, I had a jigsaw brought to me by my nan which I kept for years
Peter rabbit because I love rabbits!
Peter of course!
Miss Tiggywinkle because she is lovely
Miss Tiddlywinks – she reminds me of my friend who loves hedgehogs!
Tom Kitten as he was so cute
Peter Rabbit – Whats not to love
Mrs tiggywinkle. I love hedgehogs, they are cute
Fabulous competition, my son would love these books!
PS: Your cake looks amazing!
Has to be Jeminima Puddleduck – always felt sorry for her losing her eggs
Peter rabbit, he’s such an adventurer.
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
Mrs Tiggywinkle.. I can feel myself slowly starting to turn into her!!
I love Peter Rabbit, because he is so cute, and my nephews called Peter so couldn’t choose anyone else!!!!
peter rabbit as he was a little mischeivous
Peter Rabbit, he’s always up to something naughty x
Tom Kitten he was really naughty.
peter Rabbit because he has the best adventures!
JEMIMA PUDDLEDUCK, JUST LOVE DUCKS
I love Jemima Puddleduck because my son is just obsessed with ducks!
Peter rabbit x
cottontail shes cute
peter rabbit. he’s so mischievous
Mrs TiggyWinkle she has been my fave since I was a little girl! x
jemima puddleduck, it was my sisters nickname growing up.
Peter Rabbit. Always loved him since I was a child.x
peter rabbit as he was a little naughty
Peter Rabbit – he is always up to something mischievous
Peter rabbit because he is so cute
Mrs tiggiewinkle – love the name
Mrs Tiggywinkle because it’s a great name and she’s always so helpful x
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
Miss tiggiewinkle, she can do my washing anyday
Has to be Peter rabbit himself, as he’s a cheeky little bunny always getting in mischief.
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!
Mrs Tiggy winkle very cute and have some lovely memory’s of my daughter posed with Mrs Tiggy winkle at Beatrix potter world
Jeremy Fisher, he’s always been my favourite. I love his story, and frogs!
Miss Tiggiewinkle because hedgehogs are awesome
Mrs Tiggywinkle – Just because I adore hedgehogs =)
Jeminima Puddleduck – mo idea why, I just remember her being my favourite as a child
Peter Rabbit as my kids love him 🙂
jemima puddleduck , it’s the one that still stands out in my mind 🙂
Mrs Tiggywink as I love hedgehogs
peter rabbit, as he is so cute
Jemima puddleduck just love her caring ways, I named my daughter after her
Mrs Tiger winkle. She is just so motherly <3
Mrs Tiggywinkle (silly auto correct messed up my last comment) She is just so motherly <3
Peter Rabbit as I always like the main character of everything! I remember him from my childhood and wanting to be like him
Tom Kitten as he was sooo cute!
Peter Rabbit – no idea why!
Benjamin bunny as he is always up to mischief!
jemima puddleduck, because she is cute
Benjamin – he tries to keep Peter in check
cotton tail i love it so much as a child i named my bunny cotton tail
Tom Kitten as I’ve always been a cat lover
I love Jemima Puddleduck
has to be Peter rabbit
Samuel Whiskers, I always loved the role poly pudding story
Love Peter! So cheeky but oh so cute!
Tom kitten – I put my husband’s name as that in my phone when we first met 😉
Peter Rabbit – so cute
Benjamin – he’s so cute!
Peter Rabbit – he’s always getting into mischief! 🙂
Peter Rabbit as he makes me laugh with his antics.
Mrs Tiggywinkle sooooo cute!.
Mine was always peter rabbit. remember it well from my childhood
Peter Rabbit was always my favourite!
Peter Rabbit because he’s like a naughty little boy, pushing his luck but inspiring empathy and sympathy!
I like Benjamin Bunny and my son lives Peter Rabbit!
Jemima Puddleduck – shes just a sweety 🙂