Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.

Eat cake.

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Carrot Cake

Delicious nom carrot cake for Lou-face.

The icing makes more than enough for the cake, expect to have extra.

Cake:

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-¾ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¾ tsp. table salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 2-½ cups lightly packed, finely grated carrots
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla essence

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C, with the rack in the center. Line the bottoms of 2 9" round cake pans and grease the sides.

In a large bowl (which will contain all the final mixture), beat together the oil, eggs, carrots, brown sugar, vanilla, walnuts and raisins (if using).

Whisk the remaining dry ingredients together in a medium bowl (flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, salt).

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet until just mix – don’t overmix or the cake will be tough.

Divide the batter between the two cake pans, and place in the oven for approx. 25-30min until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. 

When done, let cool in the pans for 10-15 min then turn out onto a wire cooling rack.

For the frosting:

  • 450g cream cheese, softened
  • 340g butter, softened
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla essence

Beat the butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add the vanilla and icing sugar and beat until fluffy. Set aside at room temperature until the cake has cooled completely to ice it.

Refrigerate the cake for a few hours or days, best served at room temperature or slightly cool. This cake freezes and defrosts well (un-iced).

Isa Chandra’s Vegan Chocolate cake

I’m hosting a cake party next month. I have several friends getting married and this way, they can try my cakes and if they like them – I can do them again for weddings. Otherwise, there are many other brilliant cake makers I’m sure could fill the void 🙂

The important part: Cake Party!

Isa Chandra’s recipe for Chocolate Cake is simple and delicious, I’ve made it several times and it’s definitely of Cake Party standard. I’m planning to pair it with white chocolate buttercream and perhaps a thin layer of white fondant which I might attempt to “quilt”. Ambition, anyone?

Anyway, here’s the link to the wonderful vegan chocolate cake recipe.

I’m really only posting it so I never have to hunt for it again. x

Dairy-free peanut butter milkshake

It’s my blog birthday! 5 years, let’s celebrate with a milkshake. This is for Priya, who had a below-average one from Moustache cookie shop on Monday.

  • 2 cups soy milk (or alternative)
  • 2-3 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 ice cubes

Blend the milk, peanut butter, sugar and essence together first. Then add the ice cubes and blend again – if the peanut butter gets too cold right away it clumps up.

Add another ice cube and serve,

I only added sugar because the peanut butter I keep is really salty (no added sugar). You might like to add more milk to your taste.

Also good: adding a scoop of dairy free ice cream (vanilla). 

Must be consumed through a straw, otherwise won’t bring all the boys to to yard.