Celebrate the Queen’s birthday on the 21st April with this delicious carrot cake recipe from our interior Designer at Debenhams, Ashley Thomas…

This recipe is the perfect excuse to throw a garden party to celebrate the Queen’s  90th birthday. It’s a sticky and nutty carrot cake base, one of my favourite English summer cakes with a classic vanilla cream cheese frosting. With great British berries to make the Union Jack flag.

You’ll need…

 

For the Cake…

  • 8oz self raising flour
  • 5oz muscovado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 2oz walnut pieces

For the topping…

  • 2oz butter
  • 4oz icing sugar
  • 6oz soft cheese
  • Blueberries and Raspberries to decorate

To make…

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Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl

Grate the carrot into the bowl and mix thoroughly

Mash the bananas and beat into the mixture

Beat the eggs and add to the bowl along with the sunflower oil, mix together really well until smooth

Smash up the walnut pieces in a bowl and stir in well

Line a rectangular cake tin (18x25cm) with baking paper. Pour the mixture in and level the surface

Pre-heat the oven to 180oC

Bake for around 25 minutes or until golden brown

Leave to cool, meanwhile make the topping

Warm the butter in a microwave for 30 seconds until half melted

Sift in the icing sugar and add the soft cheese, mix together until smooth

Leave in the fridge to chill for 15 minutes

Once cooled, spread icing over the cake and decorate with blueberries and raspberries to resemble the Union Jack flag.

So without further ado, put your cooking skills to the test and get experimenting in the kitchen with this delicious fruity and flavoursome recipe.

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