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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then pour into your lined tins and bake for 30 minutes at 170.
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.
Take out the cakes and leave them to cool, then pipe on the frosting and decorate.
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
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