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!

3 comments:

  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?!

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  2. fingers crossed for Celebrity GBBO!

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  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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