It wouldn't be Easter without the Easter bunny! This is a carrot cake I actually made last year but hadn't gotten around to blogging about yet. It is decorated with a fondant rabbit and carrots, which I will explain how to make below.
2 cups soft brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla flavouring
2.5 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 pound of carrots, grated
1/2 cup pineapple, chopped
For the icing:
1 cup soft cheese
1/2 cup butter, sofened
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
I made a rabbit from fondant to decorate but you can also decorate with extra walnuts.
Preheat oven to 180C. Mix the sugar and flour in a large bowl.
Weighing the carrots - then grate them
Mix the eggs, oil and grated carrot and add the vanilla flavouring
Mix in to the dry ingredients and add the baking powder and cinnamon
Stir in the chopped walnuts
Then stir in the chopped pineapple
Spoon the mixture into a cake tin and cook in the preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, testing with a skewer.
When cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool.
I decided to make a rabbit and some carrots out of fondant to decorate the cake. First I coloured some white fondant with orange gel colouring left over from Halloween (Wilton brand) and some Sugarflair gooseberry colour for the carrot tops. I shaped the carrots and tops by hand; I used a knife to cut pieces out of the tops to make the greenery look more realistic, and used a fork to make indentations on the carrots.
To make the rabbit I followed the same principles as when I made a fondant cow. I made a large white ball for the body and a smaller one for the head, then cylinders of different sizes for the arms, legs and ears, I used some pink fondant for the centre of the ears and the nose, and a tiny bit of black fondant for the eyes. I used some modelling tools to make the indentations on the feet and also to make the mouth.
To make the frosting, carefully mix the soft cheese, butter and icing sugar until you have a suitably thick paste; if it needs to be thicker so you can spread it but it doesn't run, add more icing sugar. I spread the frosting over the top and around the sides of the cake.
Finally I placed the rabbit and carrots on top. This would be a good cake to make at Easter but it goes down well at any time of year!
I'm sharing this with Extra Veg, hosted by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy; a carrot cake is a very tasty way to get one of your five a day!
I'm also sending this to Love Cake, hosted by Jibber Jabber UK, as the theme is "springing into Easter".
The theme for Calendar Cakes, hosted by Rachel at Dollybakes, is also Easter.