My puppy turns 4… Birthday Carrot Cake

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Getting festive now with all the baking I am getting into today. Today is my dogs birthday and what better way to have it then with a classic carrot cake

Dogs are generous creatures. They shower their affection without expecting anything in return. They have boundless energy, enthusiasm, and loyalty. The moment you enter home, your dog greets you with warm hugs and licks. Dogs are man’s best friend, no doubt.

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than it loves themselves.”
― Josh Billings

INGREDIENTS

For Cake

  • 300 grams self-raising flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg (grated)
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 335 ml sunflower oil
  • 450 grams sugar
  • 125 grams carrots (grated)
  • 140 grams walnuts (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons boiling water

For icing

  • 175 grams unsalted butter
  • 200 grams cream cheese (full fat, softened)
  • 215 grams icing sugar (sifted)

DIRECTIONS

  1. I used two round  tins in which   I buttered the bottom and sides. Then placed on the  bottom of each tin with a circular piece of baking paper,  that is buttered as well  and finally cover the sides with flour.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt.
  3. Separate 2 of the 4 eggs.
  4. In a large bowl beat together both the oil and the sugar. Add the whole eggs one at a time, beat the mixture well before adding the two egg yolks. Stir in both the grated carrots and the chopped walnuts. Fold in the flour then add the boiling water.
  5. In another bowl, whisk the 2 egg whites to soft peak stage. Fold it into the batter.
  6. Divide the cake between the two tins. Bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted at the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cakes cool before removing them from the tins.
  7. The icing consists of mixing all the ingredients together. Keep the icing in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  8. Sandwich some icing between the two tiers of cake and then cover the rest with what remains. Put the whole cake in the fridge for 2 hours before serving. The icing fares better if this cake remains in the fridge.
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