Coffee and (not) carrot cake

Making the cakes is the easy part – its the blogging that I find difficult. I don’t have the time. I want to say something interesting, witty and original but work, birthday party organising, starting school, meal planning and general stuff just gets in the way.

I made this coffee cake a couple of weekends ago. Another all in one recipe (Mary’s isn’t that challenging in the technique stake yet) and it was lovely. The Camp coffee essence was a blast from the past and the icing tasted like Angel Delight. I was transported back to the 70s. The flavours are classic and lovely.

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I also made Marys American carrot cake. Now reading the recipe -¬†this was as far removed from any carrot cake that I have made in the past. Where’s the spice? raisins? why so little carrot?

Mary Berry's Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Topping

Mary Berry’s Carrot Cake with Mascarpone Topping

Anyway the cake turned out very well Рthe topping  -a mascarpone vanilla frosting was a revelation. It was like eating ice cream and it made the cake. The cake however, although it was nice was NOT a carrot cake. It was a nice banana, walnut cake with carrot just sneaking a peek in.

This is a better carrot cake recipe. I tinkered with it a little and used around 75 ml of oil and about 70g of melted butter which gives it a better texture. Try it, its lovely.

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