9 March 2014

Carrot Cake Bites

With the exception of the mighty scone, carrot cake has long been my favourite member of the cake world. The right carrot cake recipe will give you a lovely moist sponge which isn't too sweet and is the perfect accompaniment to the wonderful cream cheese icing. You can make it with walnuts, pecans, sultanas, orange or coconut. It's a versatile little sponge.

These are the Carrot Cake Bites I baked this weekend for friends. I made two large, shallow cakes and then used a cutter to achieve the smaller shape. The carrot decorations on top are made from orange sugar paste and a little sprig of dill. Cute, eh?  

I know the keen bakers amongst you probably have your own favourite carrot cake recipe that you like to stick to but in case you'd like to give mine a try (and it's scrumptious, honest!) here it is.

You will need:
250ml sunflower oil
4 medium eggs, beaten 
225g soft light brown sugar
140g carrots, peeled and grated
225g self-raising flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground ginger
100g walnuts, chopped

For the Coating/filling
60g unsalted butter, softened
220g full-fat cream cheese 
480g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Lemon juice to taste

Makes 1 large cake or 12 cupcakes

1.       Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan.  Lightly oil 2 x 20cm tins and line the bases with discs of baking paper or line a cupcake tray with cases.

2.       In a large bowl, combine the oil and sugar then stir in the eggs and vanilla extract. 

3.       Sift over the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger and gently fold together using a large metal spoon.

4.       Fold in the carrots and walnuts then turn the mixture into prepared tins/cases.

5.        Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-17 minutes (cupcakes) / 25 minutes (cake) or until the cake springs back and a skewer comes out clean.

6.       Release the cakes from the tins and turn out on a wire rack.  Leave to cool then remove lining paper.

7.       Icing:  beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth.  Sift the icing sugar over the top and stir in.

8.       Stir in the vanilla and flavour with lemon juice.  

I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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  1. Gah! You even make carrot cake look amazing! That's it .... enough is a enough! You HAVE to host a bloggers afternoon tea .. I know it wont be much fun for you slaving away making 716 followers cake but I think you have to give it a go yes?! :p

  2. carrot cake is my absolute favourite and these are so cute, perfect for a summer part! and gorgeous photos as always xxx

  3. I love this idea! They are gorgeous. I made a carrot cake this weekend and made the cardinal error of using low-fat cream cheese - frosting fail! x

  4. These are so dainty, perfect little bites and a bit different from slices of cake.

  5. I definitely want to try these for Easter! I can't wait to spend some time with the family and make lots of yummy treats like these to share with them! I love the little sprigs of dill especially!

    Katie <3

  6. Adorable! How did you get those little carrots on the top so perfect? Mine would just be splodges!!
    Lots of love,
    SilverSpoon London

  7. These are such a great snake size.


  8. Mmm delish! I saw these on Instagram and wondered what you'd used for the carrot top - thought it might've been dill, what a fab idea. They look really yummy.

    Rosie xx

  9. Urghhhh.... I just love carrot cake. As in I would happily eat a whole cake if it was left alone by my side. So perfect for an afternoon tea in the summer sun!
    Hope you had a good weekend :)
    Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  10. Carrot cake is my favourite!!!
    I don't have a go-to recipe, so always on the lookout to find that one for me. Gonna try this one out, I've got all the ingredients at home! I'll try it in the cupcake tin, makes it easier to share around with everyone at work =)

    {Teffy's Perks} X

  11. Wow. Those cakes look amazing. And I'm in total teapot love. Where's your lovely teapot from?

    1. I know, isn't the teapot cute? The set was actually on our John Lewis wedding list 4 years ago! Not sure if you could still get it now x

  12. I LOVE carrot cake! :)


  13. Awww, the little sprigs of dill are so cute! Great idea for carrot tops!

  14. Pleeeeeease come to my house and make me these. Thank you. (I pay in love....that's okay, right?)


  15. They look super cute and super delcious!


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