Day 88~366

One of the blogs I follow is called A cookbook a month and is written by 3 ladies who test and review a cookbook a month (makes sense). I follow it because their reviews are funny and I like funny. I’ve never done any of the books or recipes, though I’ve bought a couple of books on their recommendation, but a couple of posts ago one of the ladies, Maureen, tried a carrot cake recipe but reckoned her usual recipe was better, so I asked for that recipe as I like carrot cake (one of the few that I do) and fancied having a go.

Firstly, a thing to note is that I don’t bake, not being into cakes and the like it has never been a thing for me to do, so I’m a cake~bake virgin.  The recipe I followed can be found on cookbook a month HERE.

It took quite a long time to get all the ingredients weighed out and ready.


and I was surprised at just how much stuff you need, a whole cup of sunflower oil was worrying, am sure my mum never used that and she was a baking person, and there was heaps of carrots so I thought it might taste like vegetable cake!  I forgot to get walnuts, and should have had a cup full of chopped ones, but I found some cashew nuts in the cupboard and used them instead 😀 but only had enough for half a cup. I completely forgot the 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves, but other than that everything went as the recipe said. Mixed it all together as instructed, and voila!


The icing cream didn’t go as planned at all. The recipe called for 900g of icing sugar. 900g!!! Thats a ginormous amount, and the icing sugar I had only came to 450g, so not to worry I thought, I’ll just halve the amounts of the other stuff.  Unfortunately I got distracted by our family arriving, and when I went back to do the icing forgot then to halve anything else, with the result being my icing cream was a bit too sloppy, so I just put it in the middle of the cake to stick the 2 halves together. There was heaps left over, so when our local shop opened at 6pm I went round and bought more icing sugar and thickened the rest up to lay over the top of the cake. 🙂


The cake itself is really lush, didn’t taste vegetably at all, it’s lovely and moist and tastes gorgeous. I definitely will make it again, but reduce the icing sugar bits, I’ve had to freeze the rest of it! 🙂  Anyway that was my homemade square of the day, and now I’m going to eat it 😀


Day 72~366

More tea and cake 🙂 though I have to be honest, the cake is meh. I don’t like marzipan at all, neither does Phil so this is going to be consigned to the bin, which I feel bad about but there’s no-one to give it to.


Home & Away

Have been visiting my son Ben and Grandson Lewis down south in Leighton Buzzard, as it was Lewis’s 4th birthday yesterday.  We had a grand day out shopping in Milton Keynes, and bought all manner of Thomas the Tank Engine goodies. Finished up with a buffet tea and a Thomas cake!