Kevin the Carrot Christmas cake and little treats.

I have a confession to make, I really don’t like Christmas Cake… I find it overly heavy and I have a massive aversion to Marzipan 😦

I do love Christmassy flavours, so I make Carrot cakes, as Aldi have kindly paid for the ingredients, I have made them Kevin the Carrot Christmas cakes.

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I use this base Recipe which is perfect for the Lakeland mini cake bar tin I have. I have amended it and will use orange juice not Triple sec as they will be eaten by children.

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I use my kitchen Aid for this and start by adding 85g of light brown sugar, 170ml Veg oil, 125g golden syrup, 3 eggs, a good blob of vanilla bean paste and a tablespoon of orange juice, mix until well combined.

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Add 140g of Self raising flour and 70g plain flour, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, half a teaspoon each of cinnamon and mixed spice, briefly mix into the liquid mix till just combined, like a muffin mix, this cannot be overworked.

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In a separate bowl, mix 2 medium grated carrots (sorry Kevin), 130g of sultana and 85g of chopped walnuts. This can be stirred though the cake mix.

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Then pour into your lined tins and bake for 30 minutes at 170.

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Whilst cooking, make the cream cheese topping by adding 120g Cream Cheese to 60g room temp butter to 200g of icing sugar and the zest of a lemon – beat together then put into the fridge to firm up.

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Take out the cakes and leave them to cool, then pipe on the frosting and decorate.

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When I went to my local Aldi, I bought one of their cute Musical biscuit tins, Mum in law is a sucker for a biscuit tin and for Shortbread and at £3.99 I think it’s good value, they come in a few different designs and would make a great teacher gift etc

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I also bought some of these amazing truffles – I’d rather have a few high quality Chocolates than a huge tub of okay ones, so these are a treat for me 😉 Though I,m sure hubby will help x

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Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

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