Cake! a baked dessert that can be created in all kinds of shapes, with all kinds of flavour and for every occasion. There's no memorable ceremony that goes by without a cake. Valentine's, christenings, weddings, birthdays, parties, whatever gathering a cake seems to be a ritual that must be present. Thinking of the flavour and the aroma of the baked flour, butter and sugar makes your tummy rumble. The brown colour of it's finesse, the fluffiness of it's inside and how fast it melts in the mouth allows you savour every single moment passing. The tingling sound from the oven and the welcoming steam as its being drawn just makes your eyes pop in excitement, It's the only embracing snack that attaches emotion to itself.
Cakes are simply wonderful, they mostly show up in happy times and get imagined in a merry heart and sometimes a good remedy for heart break, after chocolate though lol, however a cake could determine your mood.
My fav one is the carrot cake, it's natural essence (carrot) and savoury taste in cakes is simply sensational and absolutely healthy and that does it for me. Here is a quick recipe.
252g Butter, 252g Plain Self Raising Flour,364g Sugar, 1 Fresh Orange, 4 Eggs, 448g Carrots (Grated), 140g Flaked Almonds (optional), 15mls Vanilla Essence (2 teaspoons), 1 teaspoon of mixed spice (Nutmeg) and a Pinch of Salt.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the butter and sugar until white and fluffy
Add the eggs and mix carefully, add the flour gradually and mix, add the spice, add the grated carrot, add the zest & juice of the orange, add the flaked almonds and mix. Ensure you mix well and then pour and spread evenly into your baking pan.
Preheat Oven for about 10mins, bake at 150degrees Centigrade for approximately 55 minutes and leave to cool for approximately 1 hour before topping.
For the topping,
Pour 90mls of orange juice into a saucepan over hot heat, add 84g of butter, 168g of sugar, stir together till the sugar dissolves. Take pan off the heat, add 504g of icing sugar and stir carefully.
pour mixture in to a mixing bowl and mix till the icing becomes thicker as it cools.