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I feel like I have just got over making a cake for Jakes 5th birthday (Lego cake) and now starting all over again with Leo and his first birthday. I love cooking, but making cakes isn’t really my forte. I needed something easy as I am usually making it with Jake but needed something delicious and impressive at the same time. Carrot cake is one on my favourites, this cake has both fruit and vegetables as well as cream cheese icing – my kids love cream cheese so figured I couldn’t go wrong. It couldn’t have been easier to make – you really do just throw it all in a bowl and mix. I baked mine for a bit longer than the recipe suggested, I just kept checking with a knife to make sure it was cooked in the middle. I made extra cream cheese icing and cut it in half and filled it. It was perfect, moist and sweet without being sickly. We met at the park to celebrate both kids birthday 12 days apart. I had to photograph my cake there as my camera is being repaired. I had to battle the harsh lighting, sun melting the icing, birds pecking at the cake, kids poking fingers in it and all this holding a glass of chardonnay!  Its not quite as pretty as Ingrids cake but it sure did taste great.

Vanessa’s carrot and pineapple cake
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Serves: 10

What you need
  • ½ cups oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, beat well
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (I used all spice)
  • 1 package cream cheese (I added another ½ packet so I had enough for the filling)
  • Icing sugar to taste – I put about 4-6 tablespoons
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

How to make
  1. Mix all the ingredients together with a wooden spoon.
  2. Pour into a greased cake tin – I actually used a springform cheesecake tin and it worked well
  3. Bake at 180 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes
  4. When cool, carefully cut in half and spread cream cheese icing and with a knife do the same to the top and sides of the cake.
  5. I bought yellow sanding sugar sprinkles to add the the top – do this at the last minute as it tends to dissolve. I found them at spotlight NZ but you can get it here too.


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4 Responses

  1. Imelda says:

    Hi Ingrid & Vanessa, wondering where you found those cool digger/truck thingys on the top of Vanessa’s cake? Have a one year old birthday this weekend to bake a cake for and these are just too irresistable!

  2. Nick says:

    I was actually at the park and lucky enough to be given a slice – its even better than it looked!

    • Ingrid Opera says:

      Hi Nick – Gosh you have a great memory! Must have tasted good lol
      Nice to hear from you
      We often go to that park with cakes – feel free to pop over for a slice if you catch us again

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