Monthly Archives: February 2012


Charismatic Carrot Cake

My quintessential afternoon tea would be held in a lush green garden, with the smell of blooming flowers dancing on a refreshing breeze in the warmth of a summer sun.

An impeccable presented table, boasting the finest bone china, a beautiful bouquet of freshly cut flowers and delectable treats. Yes the romance of the old ritual of afternoon tea certainly does leave one longing for the beauty and grace of old times.

Take away the beauty of the appearance of this exquisite ritual and you are left with two key ingredients – a good quality tea and a tempting treat.

I know that for the majority of people, an afternoon tea would be incomplete without a freshly baked fluffy plump scone, lavishly smothered in clotted cream with a serving of sweet strawberry jam and accompanied by a strong cup of tea.

As an experimental foodie, I get great pleasure experimenting with the flavour combinations of food and drink. Although I admire tradition, I am quite comfortable in changing tradition and it was only natural that while sitting down to an afternoon tea a few days ago, instead of exploring the textures and savouring the taste of my freshly baked scones, I began to think of a replacement for the traditional fluffy scone.

I was looking for the perfect replacement and it came as no surprise that I thought of the charismatic carrot cake.

Enduring to the eye, this light, moist little number was just the treat I was looking for.What better way to make the most of your afternoon tea time, than to sit and savour the delicate textures of the carrot cake.  The combination of sweet moist cake, with subtle hints of cinnamon and cloves, creates a flavour explosion that will warm you up all the way to your toes.  Not to mention the crunch of walnuts together with the creamy lemon-vanilla topping – simply excites me!

To make for an even more exotic flavour feast, why not try a cup of warm, soothing chai latte. Rich in antioxidants and distinctly different for an afternoon tea beverage.

If like me, you want something different for your afternoon tea, this delicious moist carrot cake recipe is a must – Enjoy!



325ml Sunflower Oil

250ml Light Brown Sugar

125ml White Sugar

4 Eggs

500ml Cake Flour

10ml Bicarbonate of Soda

2.5ml Salt

10ml Cinnamon

1ml Ground Cloves

5ml Vanilla Essence

500ml Grated Carrots

50g Chopped Walnuts


125ml Light Cream Cheese

5ml Vanilla Essence

10ml Lemon Juice

1 Tablespoon Softened Butter

375ml Icing Sugar


Preheat oven to 180ºC

Beat the oil, brown sugar, white sugar and eggs for 2 min.

Add the sifted flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves and vanilla essence and mix well.

Add the grated carrots and chopped nuts and mix well.

Spoon mixture in a greased ring pan and bake for ± 45 minutes until done.

Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly in pan.

Once cooled, remove from pan and leave to cool completely before icing.


Mix together the cream cheese, vanilla essence, lemon juice and butter.

Gradually add the icing sugar and mix until smooth.

Store in refrigerator until ready to ice the cake.

Once the cake has been iced, sprinkle the top with whole walnuts.

Charismatic Carrot Cake