Sunday, 2 October 2011

Weekly Bake-off challenge one: Carrot cake with mascarpone topping.

I heard about a great weekly bake-off challenge on twitter, It seemed the like the perfect way to get over the eventual heartache that will come once the Great British Bake Off is finished. *sobs*
Although I have heard rumours of a possible celebrity bake off! Which I am pretty excited about. Who do you think they will get as contestants?

Anywhoo back to the weekly bake-off...

The challenge is based around the book Mary Berry's '100 Cakes and Bakes'. Every Monday a new recipe will be chosen from this wonderful book and announced on twitter, facebook and the blog.

The first recipe was for a carrot cake with mascarpone topping. When I finally got around to baking I realised I didn't have some of the ingredients needed, so I made a sort of adaptation. I used sultanas instead of walnuts and a lime and almond glaze rather than the cream cheese frosting. I also didn't have any bananas, so just added a bit more carrot and hoped for the best.

I made it into a tray bake rather than a round cake, as it will be easier for me to share the love out among friends and co-workers. (Thinking mainly of my waistline)

The cake is actually really nice, light and flavourful. It is a little on the dry side, but I think that is probably due to the lack of banana. Next time I make it I will definitely try the mascarpone icing, but overall the cake went down a storm!

Looking forward to next weeks challenge!


  1. Such a great challenge and indeed it will fill a cake-shaped hole in our lives once the brilliant brilliant GBBO (...I can barely bring myself to say it...)leaves our screens. The question is, who will win?!

  2. fingers crossed for Celebrity GBBO!

  3. Cake sounds delicious. As long as I can remember (which could be a bit doubtful) I'm intending to enter this one when it's a chocolate related one. Am waiting for GBBO to come on to iPlayer so I can see the final episode - but so don't want it to be over.


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