Guest Post! The Mrs Makes Carrot Cake

Well, you know, this blogging community thing has kind of got me thinking. I should be more inclusive. Be part of the action. Get out of my ivory tower. It’s all me, me , me. All that jazz. So for this post I sat on my arse and took photos whilst the Mrs made a cake. What fun!

My wife was an excellent cook. She really was. Then I discovered wordpress.com. Decided I was going to start a food blog. She hardly gets in the kitchen anymore. I am a food freak.

However in the interest of sex equality this post is entirely none of my doing.

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The Invisible Man had a hand in grating the carrot…

Carrot Cake Ingredients

For the carrot cake

  • 8fl oz vegetable oil
  • 7oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 12oz sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp mixed spice
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 3oz walnuts, chopped

For the icing

  • 6oz cream cheese
  • 5½oz caster sugar
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 3½oz butter, softened

First gather your ingredients:

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Prepare a loaf tin by lining it with buttered greaseproof paper:

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Turn on the oven:

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Begin combining the cake ingredients in a bowl. The wine is not an ingredient.

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Add the carrots whilst husband hangs around taking photos. Normal right? I mean taking pictures of your wife stirring grated carrots in a bowl?

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Stop laughing! Carrot cake is a serious business.

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Sift in the flour and combine:

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Pour the mixture into the tin:

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Bake in the oven at 180 centigrade for 20 to 30 minutes:

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It’s ready when a skewer stuck into it comes out clean:

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Remove cake from tin and leave to cool:

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Meanwhile prepare the icing. Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl:

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Spread the icing over the cooled cake:

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Now this creation headed off to the wife’s workplace; there seem to be a lot of bake sales going on at work at the moment – in my place we had an email about healthy eating from HR followed by one about cake sales in the cafe. Talk about contradictory messaging!

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Anyway I have to do the washing up now.

42 thoughts on “Guest Post! The Mrs Makes Carrot Cake

  1. I love carrot cake & my favorite kind is the kind where someone else makes it for me. You wife is absolutely lovely & if I could get my husband to start a food blog & push me out of the kitchen, I’d be smiling too. Could you maybe send him an email about how exciting & fun cooking & blogging about it is. He’s thinking of retiring next year & I think he needs a hobby.

    • Here’s the thing – I generally find food blogging quite stressful unless I’m drinking wine. I long for retirement but only from the perspective of not having to get up at 6.05am 5 days a week. Let him get bored then suggest the food thing!

      • I’ve been finding blogging not only stressful but just about impossible. Our old computer finally kicked the bucket & the new one came pre-loaded with Windows 8. Now THAT I wouldn’t wish on anyone. Just as I was about to toss it out front for use as a lawn ornament, the store said they’d had so many problems that they’re ordering us a new computer & checking it out before we take it. Turns out they sent a bunch of them out with Java that had a known virus also pre-loaded.

          • I hope you had a great birthday weekend. Just now got the replacement computer back & the store was terrific – they took all the ads & junk off for us, set up the Windows Office, put our McAfee on & so far I’m keeping my fingers crossed because I haven’t been bounced off the internet yet. I’d say do anything to hang on until they’ve got some of their bugs worked out or go with Apple because this system…errrgggg!

  2. What a beautiful wife you have 🙂

    I’ve been looking for a simple lemon/cheese icing for a while now but I’ll give this orangey one a go, it looks good…

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