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International Carrot Day – Carrot Cake Recipe

International Carrot Day – Carrot Cake Recipe

Did you know that the 4th of April is International Carrot Day?! No? Well it is, so to celebrate all things carroty I thought Id share with you a very yummy Carrot Cake Recipe.

Ingredients

For the Cake

  • 450ml Vegetable oil
  • 400g Plain Flour
  • 2 tsp Bicarb of Soda
  • 550g Caster sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 525g Grated carrot

For the Icing

  • 200g Cream Cheese
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 100g Butter

 

Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.

  2. Grease and line a 10in cake tin.

  3. Mix all of the ingredients for the carrot cake together in a bowl until well combined.

  4. Pour into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until cooked through

  5. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely

  6. For the icing; beat the cream cheese, icing sugar and butter together in a bowl until light and fluffy.

  7. Once the cake is cool, spread the icing over the top of the cake

  8. Decorate with carrot sugar decorations if desired

 

Enjoy!

IDEA: Why not make a cute heart shaped carrot cake using one of our heart shaped springform baking tins

 

If you want to get even more into the spirit of International Carrot Day then check out these fun carrot facts here

Or try out this free downloadable carrot colouring page here

 

Mothers Day Breakfast – Heart Shaped Pancakes

Mothers Day Breakfast – Heart Shaped Pancakes

Get the kids to treat Mum this Mothers Day and make her a special Breakfast in Bed!

They can help with the mixing of ingredients, the presentation afterwards and of course the feeling of pride they will get upon giving!
Older ones could even have a go at cooking the pancakes too!

Ingredients

  • 70g Plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 65ml Milk
  • 1 small egg
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil

Method

  1. Place flour, baking powder and caster sugar into a large bowl.
  2. Add the milk, egg and oil
  3. Beat together (or whisk) until you have a smooth batter
  4. Place batter into a piping bag
  5. Place a frying pan on medium heat and add some butter (or oil)
  6. Wait until hot, then pipe a heart shape
  7. Once pancake starts to bubble on top, flip it over and cook for an extra 1 min
  8. Place on a side plate
  9. Continue cooking in batches until all batter is used up
  10. Drizzle Nutella or maple syrup over pancakes then dust with some icing sugar
  11. Serve accompanied with berries (if desired)

You now have one happy Mum on Mothers Day! xx

Moon Dust – non edible!

Moon Dust – non edible!

So, technically this Moon Dust isn’t “cooking” as this recipe is non-edible, however we had SO much fun making it that I had to share it with you!

My daughter has just spent over 1 hour happily playing with this stuff, I have to say, I quite like the feel of it too and it smells gorgeous!

 

What you will need:

  • 4 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 1/2 cup of Coconut oil
  • any extras you want e.g. glitter, sequins, food colouring

Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl (you may want to put a cover down as this can get a little messy!)
  2. Mix together using your fingertips until the coconut and flour are combined. (The mix should stick together if you squash it with your hands – if its too sticky add more flour, if its too crumbly add more coconut)
  3. Now add all of your extras! We used loads of coloured glitters, star sequins and round pink sequins
  4. Mix it all together and pour into a flat box, then let the fun begin!

LOADS of glitter!

Just a few stars??!!

Feels and smells SOO good!

Ready to play 🙂

Pancakes

Pancakes

Pancakes

Its that time of year again – Pancake Day!
So i thought id share with you a traditional pancake recipe.

Personally I love american pancakes with maple syrup – yummmm
However in our house i am the only one with that preference, so today we went with the traditional style pancakes, with lemon and sugar!

Pancake with lemon and sugar

What you will need:

100g Plain Flour
2 Eggs
300ml Milk
1 tbsp Vegetable Oil (plus more for frying)
Lemon and Sugar to serve

Method:

Place all ingredients into a jug and whisk together well
Leave to sit for 5 minutes
Place 2 tsp veg oil into a medium sized frying pan and heat until sizzling
Pour in the mixture and swirl it around the saucepan to cover
Cook for approx 2 minutes (or until cooked underneath) then flip! (watch out floor!)
Cook for 1 minute more on the other side, then serve.
Repeat until all the mixture is used up

Enjoy xx

Ready to flip!

How to make your own Chocolate Bars

How to make your own Chocolate Bars

Learn to make your own chocolate bars with this easy recipe. Based on using the chocolate bar mould that is available to purchase in our online shop.

Making your own chocolate bars is a really fun activity for kids of any age, big or small.

You can use any type of chocolate – milk, white or dark, or maybe a combination of these for a swirled effect.

You can use any of your favourite additions to personalise the bars, honeycomb, fudge, smarties, jelly beans, sprinkles etc are all great toppings.

Make your own Chocolate Bars recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 150g Chocolate (milk, white, dark, or a combination)
  • 25-50g Various toppings of your choice

Method:

  1. In a microwavable bowl, break the chocolate into small chunks and melt in blasts of 30 seconds, stirring between each blast, until melted.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate into the chocolate bar mould, tilting the mould to ensure all areas are covered.
  3. Sprinkle your toppings over the melted chocolate
  4. Leave to set for a minimum of 2 hours in a fridge (or longer if out on the side)
  5. Gently remove from the mould and enjoy!

    chocolate bar equipment and ingredients

    We used melted white chocolate and various types of sprinkles plus marshmallows and chocolate chips

make your own chocolate bars adding toppings

We started by adding some of our toppings to the base of our chocolate bar mould (so that these show up at the top of the bars once set)

having fun trying melted chocolate

Next we poured the melted white chocolate on top (and had a little taste test!)

make your own chocolate bars topping

Then we added more toppings on to the top of our bars

chocolate setting

Then they are ready to leave to set (we put ours in the fridge for 2 hours)

make your own chocolate bars set

Here they are after been left to set! They didn’t last long in our house!

eating homemade chocolate bars

Happy Face!

These chocolate bars are a huge hit in our house.

My daughter often asks to make these as gifts for her friends, which are always greatly received!

A cute idea- place a chocolate bar inside a sealed cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and give as a unique home made gift for family and friends.

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Strawberry Love Heart Pastries

Strawberry Love Heart Pastries

These Strawberry Love Heart Pastries are so easy and simple to make and taste delicious!
I made them in one of my old cooking classes, with little ones as young as 1yr!

What you’ll need:

  • Strawberry Jam (about 2 tbsp)
  • Sheet of ready rolled puff pastry
  • Strawberries (x2) sliced in half to look like hearts
  • Demerera sugar (2tsp)

How to make:

  • Unroll the sheet of pastry and slice vertically into 4 strips
  • On the bottom half of each strip, cut out a heart shape using a cookie cutter (discard this or sprinkle with sugar and bake as a yummy treat)
  • Using the back of a teaspoon, or a pastry brush, spread the jam over the pastry
  • Fold each strip together with the heart cut out on top
  • Use fingers, or a fork, to seal all the edges of the pastry
  • Place a strawberry half inside each hear cutout.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of demerera sugar
  • Bake at 160C for approx 10mins or until golden brown
  • Remove from oven then leave to cool (take care as jam can get very hot in the oven!)

Store in an airtight container for approx. 3 days

We wrapped ours in cellophane and added a cute little Happy Valentines tag to give as a gift to a loved one.

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