PERFECT CARROT CAKE // Recipe

Carrot cake is my family’s all time favourite cake, and being competely unbias the carrot cake at No33 Cafe is the BEST you will ever buy. I’ve used this as the basis for mine, but made a couple of slight changes to suit it to my exact tastes. It’s also incredibly easy to make, and has got carrots in so pretty much counts as one of your 5-a-day.

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170g/6oz caster sugar

55g/2oz dark brown sugar

3 medium eggs (or vegan egg replacement or 1/2 cup apple sauce + 60ml extra oil)

175ml oil (sunflower, vegetable or coconut)

3/4tsp vanilla extract

225g/8oz self raising flour

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1tsp cinnamon

200g/70z (around 3 large) carrots, peeled and grated

50g/1.75oz handful of raisins (optional)

Icing –

2 tubs of mascapone OR 2 tubs vegan cream cheese

up to 50g/2oz icing sugar, sifted

drop of vanilla extract

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Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

Whisk the eggs and both sugars together in a large bowl until well combined, then add in the oil, vanilla, sift in the dry ingredients, and beat everything together.

Split the batter between two 8 inch cake pans lined with grease proof paper and oil.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until when inserted with a cake skewer it comes out with just a few crumbs, and leave to cool on a rack.

For the icing, gently beat the mascarpone or vegan cream cheese until smooth, then add the vanilla, sifted icing sugar and fold in gently.

If the icing is too runny, place it in the fridge for an hour until it hardens.

When the cake is cool and the icing is ready, spread half of the icing onto one cake with a knife (palette knifes are particularly great at this), then repeat with the next layer of cake. Grate some extra carrrot on top to decorate, and serve.

This keeps well in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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One Pan Spicy Veg, Beef and Egg // Recipe

This ‘recipe’ is one I eat on a near daily basis. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you can mix and match any ingredients for whatever you have in the fridge. If having for breakfast, I imagine most people would leave out the beef (I like it, but maybe as Quorn doesn’t have quite the same ‘meaty’ taste), and substitute for another egg. Any veg will do really, I often chuck in some kale, courgette, mushrooms etc, so today’s was just what I had in the draws. You can also change the spice according to your tastes, completely leaving it out altogether or adding a whole chilli if you really fancy it!

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Thai Omelette Wrap // Recipe

 

I had a bag of stir fry sitting in the fridge for probable far longer then it should have I’ll be honest, and as much as I love my quinoa and cashew stir fry, this time I wanted to keep it a bit lighter. Scrolling through youtube yesterday morning I stumbled across a burrito like omelete on youtube; and so this was created.

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