I have to tell you that I LOVE carrot cake, it is my first choice when I order a slice of cake in a shop. There is something just so homely and rustic about it that I guess makes it such a popular choice. For me I think it’s about texture, a chunky crunchy cake with loads of spice it what makes me happy and wanting more. This recipe is what I based my Christmas cake recipe off and can be adapted in so many ways, from adding raisins to cupcakes to a loaf or square. It’s not a delicate cake, but rather a robust and dense cake yet still remains moist and easy to eat. Making flavour changes is pretty easy, feel free to play around with variations as I know many readers have tweaked it to make it the perfect family favourite.
Depending on how I’m feeling, my pantry supplies or who is going to be eating it really determines my icing choice. On some occasions it is may be cream cheese for a more traditional version, for a diary-free option I prefer to use coconut cream. That being said, no topping is also a good option, which I leave off when I’m not baking for entertaining plus makes it easier to pack into a lunch box.
Just off the topic of my cake recipe I feel that I need to mention a rather sensitive issue that I have (and in fact most bloggers) about sharing of recipes. I honestly don’t have a problem with readers posting pictures, in fact I love it, and I really thrive on seeing the amazing changes and different things that can be done to my recipes, be it to improve them or as a pantry alternative. What I’d like to ask though, is please keep posting pictures and comments but simply send me an email asking permission to share my recipes on social media. I spend many hours working on these recipes to perfect them and it is obviously important to me to keep control over where and who posts them. I often find variations online and even worse, a cut and paste on social media without any linking back to my original recipe. I understand that once I post the recipes, they are out there for public use, but we should still have a sense of propriety when sharing recipes – rant over, I really do hope you enjoy this recipe of mine!