After my visit to Brown’s Tea Bar in Munich, I was longing for a homemade piece of carrot cake like I had so often in Leeds. Because I knew I would miss the British cakes, I bought this wonderful book with most of the classic baking recipes. One of which is a recipe for a carrot cake I tried last weekend. I was sceptical if I would be able to hit the flavour I was used to but in the end it tasted just like I remembered.
For the carrot cake you need:
or if you can’t get self-raising flour, you can easily mix it by yourself. In that case, you need:
ca. 200-205g flour
adding baking powder up to 225g
1 tsp baking powder
1,5 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spices
225g brown sugar
zest of an 1/2 unwaxed orange
50g walnut pieces
150ml sunflower oil
250g grated carrots
Begin by peeling and grating the carrots since this takes away most of your preparation time.
Finally add the oil and mix all well together before pouring it into a baking tray. Bake the cake for 25 minutes (180°C/350°F/gas 4) until it is nicely coloured. Let it cool down before topping it with the icing.
For the icing you need:
200g full fat cheese
50g unsalted butter
150g icing sugar
zest of 1/2 unwaxed orange
2 tsp orange juice
Beat all the ingredients together and cover the cake with the icing. If it is warm you might have to cool the icing before putting it on top of the cake.
It truly tasted like the several carrot cakes I had in England and just made the weekend a bit sweeter. It definitely made the grey weather less dreadful ;).
Do you also have longings for special food? Does specific food remind you of special events or trips?