Anyone who has read Flush the Fashion or Flush Magazine in the past will know I’m always keen to seek out the best new places to eat and discover new recipes from all over the world.
However, something I’m slightly embarrassed about saying is that despite my love of food, I’ve never really baked a cake before (ever). My usual technique when it comes to cooking is fairly hap-hazard and the precise temperatures and amounts needed in baking a cake are, if I’m honest fairly terrifying.
BUT! As it World Baking Day on the 17th May, in the interests of self-improvement my 9yr old daughter and I have decided to give it a go.
We’re making a rather special Carrot Cake with Walnuts, Banana and Cream Cheese for Nanny Helen, she’s 84 and staying with us at the moment. She has a definite sweet tooth, so it should be just the ticket for her. It’s partly inspired by on the South African Stork website, here are the ingredients.
Carrot Cake with Walnuts, Banana and Cream Cheese
280g Stork Baking Margarine
560ml castor sugar
5 extra large eggs
750ml finely grated carrot
375ml toasted walnuts,chopped
20ml baking powder
10ml mixed spice
2 fully ripe bananas
50ml softened Stork Bake
375ml icing sugar
4 tbsp plain smooth cream cheese
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
Grease a 23cm ring pan well.
Cream the Stork Margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg (after the last egg, the mix should look curdled).
Stir in the carrots, mashed bananas and walnuts. Lastly, fold in the flour, baking powder and mixed spice.
Spoon the mixture into the pan, spread evenly and bake for about an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
Leave to stand in the pan for 5 minutes, then place on a cooling rack to cool.
Once cool, place on a suitable cake plate, beat the icing ingredients together and ice the top of the cake.
We’ll be posting pictures and letting you see the results on the 17th May, feel free to make the same recipe or be creative and try something new. Check out the hashtag #WorldBakingDay or follow them on Twitter for some inspiration!
This post is sponsored by Stork, but all thoughts are my own.