Carrot & apple Easter cake
I’ve posted this recipe before as a cupcake recipe but thought it would make the perfect Easter cake with cream cheese and maple syrup frosting and decorated with some of my favourite little Schleich animals. I always include some of the Schleich animals in my Christmas decor so thought it would be super cute to get some of the little lambs & bunnies for my Easter cake this year.
I doubled the following quantities to make this Easter cake as I wanted it to have a few layers but if you just want a single tier cake then use quantities below –
175g SR flour
135g granulated sugar
One & a half cups grated carrots
One cup grated apples
Two thirds cup sunflower oil
Teaspoon ground cinnamon
Teaspoon baking soda
2 large eggs
Half teaspoon vanilla extract
Sieve flour , cinnamon & baking soda into a bowl.
Whisk eggs in mixer then add vanilla, sugar & oil and whisk till thoroughly combined
Fold flour mix into the egg mixture then add grated carrots & apples and stir through well.
Bake in oven at 180 degrees for approx 35 minutes, I usually check with a skewer that cake is properly cooked.
Put on cooling tray and make frosting
Quarter cup softened butter
4oz full fat cream cheese
Two & half cups icing sugar
splash of maple syrup (optional)
few drops vanilla extract
Whisk cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla & butter in mixer till combined then gradually add sifted icing sugar till all combined
Once cake is properly cooled you can slice in half and put frosting in middle and on top. I doubled above quantities as I had more layers and also covered sides of cake.
The little sugar carrots & flowers on my cake were from Tesco and are available in most supermarkets.
I’d seen lots of animal cake toppers on Pinterest wearing little party hats and found a tutorial online showing how to make them so I raided Lydia’s craft box for the little Pom Pom’s and made some from glitter fabric that I’d bought a few years ago.