Sunday, 29 June 2014

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe #boredombakes

Easy Carrot cake.

Picnic Pleasures

I don't know about you, but  I don't always buy what I need for the family grocery , and as a result can mean impulse buying on food, that is not to say that we can't have our treats in life ! but with a little planning we can factor in treats in our lives.

Take this weekend for example we are off to a family picnic , now I could go and be lazy and just buy  a meal deal for 3 and it would cost £9 but I got to thinking what if I spend that £9 and created my own picnic?! Most staples you'll already have it in.

"I am not going to the shop again : said Mr T

First was the wraps.

Simple and quick !

The day before I had set about making a carrot cake I was lacking walnuts and the spices that usually go in, I made my recipe up as I went along it was what I've come to call a boredom bake.


200g of finely grated carrots
175g Soft Brown Sugar
200g of wholemeal flour
3 Large Free range eggs
175ml sunflower oil or olive oil
75g Ground Almonds
1 and half teaspoon vanilla flavouring ( mine was made from vanilla pods but was a liquid )
Icing sugar 
Natural orange flavouring /orange juice 
or 2tbsp of orange juice/water

Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4/fan 160C. Grease a brownie tin or any other tin that you usually use ( that is square ) non stick is the best.  l always use Lakelands cake release finding no need to worry about using baking parchment etc, but use what suits you.

Next tip the sugar,ground almonds, vanilla flavouring  into  bowl, afterwards pour in the oil and add the eggs. Then with a wooden spoon lightly mix, adding in the grated carrot and mix again.

Shift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and then lightly mix all the ingredients – when everything is equally combined then it is time to stop mixing. amalgamated stop mixing. The resulting mixture will be be fairly soft.

Next pour the mixture into your prepared tin and bake for around 40 -45 minutes Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 40- 45 minutes. When it is down it should feel warmth and springy in the centre. Let the cake cool in the tin then turn out onto cooling rack.

Mix the icing sugar in a small bowl with either the water combined with the orange flavouring if you haven't got orange juice to hand, or you could even hand squeeze some.

Then place the cake on a cake sat and or serving plate and boldly drizzle the icing back and forth , flourishing with some grated orange peel to finished off.

I used some Liberty Print hankies I had won from Flax & Mallow as a placement to set my cake stand upon ( I have only one cake stand! )

I think I am a converted Liberty Print fan .

"Oh joy the bank balance" said Mr T

"Don't worry they are only £6 each or 2 for £10" said I ( Mrs Ninja Cat)

I then cut up the carrot cake into squares ready for our picnic pleasures * the annual family picnic my husband is one of 7 so you can imagine it is a very big clan meeting.

How exciting that House of Fraser have included me in a Blogger cook book , it is so exciting seeing your name and recipe in print.

Linking to #cookBlogshare at GoldenBakes


  1. That looks utterly yummy. Wish I could have a slice right now (hungry!) and baking it in a sheet pan is a fab idea. My husband would be thrilled if I baked this. Thanks for joining #CookBlogShare and check out the Pinterest board here

  2. This looks a lovely bake - Nice to see I'm not the only one not to use sultanas in carrot cake. Thanks for joining up with #Bakeoftheweek - If you could add the badge that would be great. Thanks x

  3. That looks really yummy - I love carrot cake I think it is my favourite cake at the moment!

  4. The cake looks lovely. We always cook from scratch due to allergies :)

  5. oh yummy , carrot cake is one of the cakes at the tip of my fave list , i love this recipe will have to try it x

  6. Carrot cake is one of my favourites, this looks yummy x

  7. Looks very succulent and tasty. Nice staging.

    1. Thank you for your comment and for your photography tips.

  8. This looks so scrumptious. I love carrot cake but never make it at home

  9. I'm not a huge fan of cake but this does sound interesting and looks delicious! x

  10. i love carrot cake! so many times when i've gone to buy one in a bakery they have walnuts in, which i can't eat. guess i may have to just make some of my own..

  11. I wish i could bake like you!
    I love all the pics that come up on my instagram feed and you always seem to be throwing together some kind of artistic pleasure!

    Looks lovely x

  12. I wouldn't dare make up a recipe as I went along! It'd be such a mess!

  13. I love this recipe just amazing.x

  14. Carrot cake is the husbeasts favorite

  15. I absolutely love carrot cake, I think it is my favourite ever! Great recipe, thank you!

  16. I have only ever made carrot cake once! This has inspired me to make one again! Looks yum

  17. I love carrot cake so will definitely be giving this a try, even though I'm meant to be giving up cake!

  18. I like the idea of boredom bakes, but never have the right ingredients in my cupboard when I need them! Bet your carrot cake tasted delicious x

  19. I do love a carrot cake - it's probably one of my faves!

  20. I've made loads of cakes over the years but never carrot cake, just haven't got round to it. I do like it though and this sounds easy enough so maybe its about time!

  21. I don't think I've ever made a carrot cake - soon I'll have an oven and be able to join in!

  22. carrot cake is my favourite! haven't made one for ages

  23. That looks lush! I'm terrible at improvising ingredients when baking!

  24. Yummy! Looks amazing - carrot cake is my favourite!

  25. Oh yum yum yum - do you mind if I pop over for a slice and a cuppa :) x

  26. I'm salivating! I haven't had carrot cake in so long and it's one of my favourites. I need to make a slimming world friendly version soon so I can get my fix!

  27. I adore good carrot cake... this is a perfect way to feed some carrots into kids sometimes :-)

  28. I've always thought carrot cake was a bit more complex! Thanks for this simple recipe. May give it a try this weekend.

  29. What a great idea, I love carrot cake. I love the idea of using the print hankies so pretty

  30. I totally love carrot cake, what a great recipe! I can't wait to try it on my lot. x

  31. Nice recipe. I love carrot cake and love the icing stuff on top - a bit like lemon drizzle cake. The combination of the two is nice.

  32. Looks delicious. I love carrot cake so will definitely try this recipe.

  33. Emmy has been desperate to try carrot cake, I've not made as I know she won't like it lol.
    This looks delicious


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