While He Was Out

It was birthday again for one of my colleagues at the office where I work and the birthday girl specifically asked for a carrot cake, so she got a carrot cake! I have made a test run at home before the Bday to make sure the cake will turn out good, for my Mr’s great pleasure – the recipe below is for a 20cm (8″) cake, I halved the amounts of the ingredients to make 2 small test cakes in my good-looking heart-shaped cake pans.

New Zealand Carrot Cake with Buttercream Frosting

adapted from BBCGoodFood


250g plain wholemeal flour
180g brown sugar
3 eggs
175ml sunflower oil
55ml sour cream
Approx. 1 teaspoon gingerbread spice
2 level teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
300g grated carrots
75g desiccated coconut

For the topping
110g full fat soft cream cheese
50g unsalted butter
50g sifted icing sugar

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