Happy Early Easter!

’tis the season to eat chocolate falalalalalalalalalalalala’ – never did know how many ‘lala’s there were at the end but hey does it really matter? ;)

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Aaaah, Easter… cutesy bunnies, gorgeous hyper-coloured chickens and enough chocolate available to have you so high that you can see that unicorn riding a rainbow… not that I would know what that feels like… of course… ;)

It also means a nice big dose of delicious (yes, I said delicious!) extra holidays! Two more days of chilling, long weekend-ing and of course, eating chocolate (did I forget to mention that before?)

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You probably reckon I should be celebrating international woman’s day or something since April is still pretty far but um… read title please? Early Easter on Go Bake Yourself (forever providing you with an excuse to eat more chocolate – my linebecause during Easter, I am off examining (jokes, I am being exam-ed!)

So today, being the Easter bunny and all, I give you full permission to splurge on chocolate. Eat a packet of Lindt Chocolate eggs, grab a bunny (chocolate!) by the tail and bite of its ears (sorry for the violent imagery) and go high on an easter egg hunt too… and eat the treasure you find.

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And when you get back from said activities, I think it is necessary you eat something healthy ok?

‘But Muuummm… I don’t wanna…’

Oh… really?

ENTER WILD CARROT CAKE

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‘Well… I suppose if its good for me I should…’

That’s better. And don’t forget those hot cross buns before sleeping ok?

‘Ok…’

Being all mum-style like a boss ;)

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Enjoy your Easter darlings, feed your bunnies extra carrots from me, eat carrot cake yourself and have a brilliant holiday! I have 8 guest posts lined up for you now and your head will be lolling from the deliciousness to come. Let the count down till April 15th begin  :D

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Printable Recipe! :D

Carrot Cake
Source: Adapted from Exclusively Food

Serves: 8 Easter Bunnies

Ingredients:

Cake

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or peanut)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3/4 cup drained, crushed pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots (finely)
  • 1 cup pecan nuts (I had to use walnuts too), roughly chopped
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 180g cream cheese, softened
  • 90g butter, softened
  • 1 tbs vanilla essence
  • 4-5 cups icing mixture/sugar, sifted

Optional:

  • Honey roasted nuts to garnish

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C
  2. Grease heavily a 20cm rounded springform tin and line base and sides (base more important) with baking paper
  3. Stir oil, butter, eggs, sugars, carrot, pineapple, nuts and essence together in a nice big bowl – it will look like one sexy mixture as you can see..
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  4. Sift in flour, spice and baking soda
  5. Stir until combined (not overly so)
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  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes or until top is springy when lightly pushed and a skewer inserted comes out without batter attached
  7. Cover cake with a clean tea towel and allow to cool in pan to room temperature
  8. Make Frosting: Beat butter, cream cheese and essence until light and fluffy. In one cup portions, beat in the sugar (stopping at 4 cups to check sweetness and consistency) until desired taste
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  9. Post cutting hand... full of carrot cake moistness

    Post cutting hand… full of carrot cake moistness

    Remove from springform tin (including base) and cut in half

  10. Ice one half of cake then sandwich other half on top

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  11. Ice top and sides of cake and then cover with delicious honey-roasted nuts (lightly chopped) or regular pecan nuts
  12. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight then serve, eat, no more serving, just eat :D

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Notes:

  • Make sure if you are making a nice tall cake, that you double the cake recipe and split both cakes between two tins, and on cooling, split each cake in half then layer
  • Make double, maybe triple my amount of icing with it (I tripled the original recipe for icing because I wanted some sweet sugary thickness – its Easter baby, indulge!)

Happy Happy Early Easter guys! :D

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  5. This cake looks so damn tasty !! And what about this sweet Lindt Rabbit that we all have for Easter haha :) I love that your cake looks so incredibly delicious but also quite easy to make so that’s not a soo difficult cake which makes you think “well, I can’t do it !”. Love the food that looks simple but delicious ! The REAL food yeahhhh :)
    Hope you’ll spend good holidays !!! xx

  6. Barb Bamber says:

    I just love coming here, CCU, and seeing the delightful imagination going on in your mind.. bunnies, eggs, chickens,.. and this beautiful cake! Your joy is contagious! xx

  7. I see you are in Easter spirit now! Love the glitter craft egg decorations you have on your wallpaper! And this cake just cuts it (pun intended!). I love how fluffy the frosting is! This will surely be a hit with little – as well as big – bunnies!

  8. Amy Tong says:

    YUM! Your carrot cake looks so beautiful and delicious. Yes, I can “see” how moist it is, the proof is “on your hand” and I can’t wait to get some moist carrot cake on mine…and into my tummy too! :P

  9. Hello CCU, You say that serves 8 easter bunnies is that like equivalent to 2 hungry teenager boys… Help me with the math here. How festive and beautiful your site is!!! Loving this moist cake and with the pineapple and carrots I am sure it is grand.

  10. Shirley Tay says:

    Your shots are making me hungry as usual! Happy Esther, my dear!

    I’m back from hotel reviews in Penang, so glad to be home cause it’s super hot there. Pardon me if I’m slow in going thru your posts the next few weeks as I’ll be tied up with my reviews; but I’ll be back to catch up :) Thks for visiting during my absence! xoxo

  11. Lisa says:

    Uru..this looks like the moistest, most amazing carrot cake I’ve ever seen! I love how it serves eight ‘Easter Bunnies’ – so cute! I hope you have a wonderful Easter, my friend xo

  12. Zoe says:

    I’m always expecting chocolate bakes at your blog… Saw the word CHOCOLATE in your first sentence but surprise to see no chocolate in your cake :p

    Very nice carrot cake!

  13. Juliana says:

    So funny as I was telling my husband last night that I was craving for carrot cake and here you are with this beautiful carrot cake…looks delicious and sure perfect for the little Easter bunnies :)
    Enjoy your week my dear!

  14. Liz says:

    Carrot cake is what I always request on my birthday…and it must have crushed pineapple in it! So you can imagine how much I’m yearning for a slice of yours!!! Fabulous!

  15. Saskia (1=2) says:

    I eat chocolate all year round, but it’s so nice to have an excuse to buy more. Bring on Easter I say! Your carrot cake looks fab – love the addition of pineapple. It’s like a carrot cake/hummingbird cake hybrid. Yummo.

  16. Kiran says:

    Happy Early Easter, my friend!! I Can’t get over how moist and delicious is this cake!!

    ps: Suggest using two cake pans to avoid the hassle of slicing. And then, just level the top before icing :)

  17. Kim Bultman says:

    Uru, I’m coming out of my break to wish you well on yours — Happy Early Easter! (And thanks for your wonderful carrot cake creation, mmmm….) I didn’t think your imagery was violent at all — it’s a foregone conclusion: the Easter bunny loses his ears every year, just like Santa loses his head, lol! (Why is that?!) I’m the gentlest person you could hope to meet… unless you have chocolate ears. :)

  18. msbrulee says:

    You have no idea how satisfying it is to bite the ears off a choc bunny…oh and that’s a very scrumptious looking cake you’ve made there :) Happy easter!

  19. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s a stunning looking carrot cake, Uru. I love how it’s made with oil and has cream cheese frosting and is covered in nuts – my absolute favourite way to enjoy carrot cake xx

  20. pamasaurus says:

    I have never tasted carrot cake. I’m not sure why… I guess the opportunity never presented itself. This looks amazing, though!

  21. daisyandthefox says:

    this carrot cake looks like a complete winner! :D
    and the addition of pinapple – awesome idea!
    happy easter Uru!

  22. I fully endorse the position that it’s always a good time for chocolate, early Easter or not! This cake looks fabulous – I looooove carrot cake, especially with thick, glorious cream cheese frosting like this. It looks gorgeous with that crust of nuts. Good luck on all your exams, Uru! I know you’re going to pass with flying colours.

  23. petit4chocolatier says:

    First, I love your background! You are so creative :)
    Second, the cake! Absolutely brilliant. Your carrot cake looks moist and delicious!!

  24. viveka says:

    Love carrot cakes … like the idea of pineapple. Can live without the icing, but it’s with cream cheese … like that. Maybe I sould give it a go.

  25. What a lovely, moist carrot cake, Uru. I love your Easter Egg decorations. You’re right … not sure how many “lala’s” there are. LOL You are a funny girl! Have a great week! :)

  26. This sure is one “wild” carrot cake, Uru. I love everything about it! Carrot Cake is one of my very best favorite harbingers of Spring. I’m not quite sure why considering carrots are plentiful all ear long. It must be the bunny association, lol…

    Thank you so much for sharing and Good Luck! I’m sure you’ll do GREAT!

  27. Fabulous cake and charming new background! Good luck with the exams – though as the above comment say, I, too, bet you are a very good student so luck isn’t really needed.

    Looking forward to seeing all the Guest posts including my own. It’s so lovely to have your followers read something of mine!

    All the best :)

  28. Susan says:

    Our oldest daughter loves carrot cake and I make it with the addition of pineapple too. Once, she dressed in orange sweats for Halloween and I made her a green collar to finish the costume. She was suppose to be a pumpkin, but being tall and thin, everyone thought she was a carrot! I told her not to be upset–that was a compliment! XOXO

  29. Micha says:

    Easter has got to be your favorite holiday with all the chocolate everywhere! It looks like you had lots of fun making this delicious cake…

  30. Since I’ve never formally celebrated, to me, the most important parts of Easter are definitely 1) carrot cake and 2) marshmallows. Toss a couple of mallows into that batter, and I’d say it’s a home run! ;)

  31. A_Boleyn says:

    You’re just a bit TOO early for Easter for me, not that the carrot cake isn’t gorgeous. I’m still trying to psych myself up to make some green sugar cookies for St. Patrick’s day and some Irish soda bread and leek soup.

    And you’re going to blow us away with guest posts of goodies until Easter too! An embarrassment of riches. :)

  32. What a pretty carrot cake :) and most appropriate for Easter as I always associate it with bunnies and rabbits hehe ~ I love carrot cake but never thought of adding crushed pineapples it makes it more of a hummingbird cake i think hehe ;)

  33. That cake looks like I could dive in face first and eat my way out. :) I love carrot and pineapple together in a carrot cake. I really wish you didn’t live half a world a way…I would knock on your door for a slice. Happy early Easter!

  34. Alex says:

    Beau-ti-ful! I just can’t get enough of looking at the pictures. It looks too delicious! Loved the idea of carrot cake and Easter, by the way!

  35. jama says:

    Oh yummmmmmmmmm! i love carrot cake and I’m so glad you’ve given us permission to indulge in extra extra chocolate :). Easter is early this year, at the end of March for us instead of April, so I’d better start peeling those carrots now. I will be eating my chocolate bunny ears and head first as I usually do, so they don’t feel any pain . . . Happy Easter to you!

  36. navane64 says:

    Gosh!!! This is sinfully good. I love cakes with carrots and I also notice that pineapples were used, something new which I find it interesting. I probably can bake the cake but the frosting making is heavy for me. Delicious and hugely attractive.

  37. Since this is a healthy cake full of carrot and pineapple I will have to indulge… that can be my two serves of fruit and veg ;)
    …but seriously it looks just gorgeous!!! YUM!
    I can’y believe it is Easter already… I am still carrying around a little Christmas pudding belly :0!

  38. Bek @ Crave says:

    Haha I don’t think carrot cake is actually healthy but god this looks good! Haha, I love how you’re encouraging everyone to eat chocolate- I might just have to ;) Goodluck for your exams, you’ll do great! And Happy Easter :) See you in April! x

  39. There’s never enough chocolate. Never. ;-) But when supplies run low, this great looking carrot cake will suffice. Tons of great flavor, and it looks gorgeous. It’ll certainly satisfy me until I get my hands on more chocolate. ;-) Good post. Study hard. And thanks.

  40. I turned on my computer and there was this image of such a gorgeous cake, I had to read your post first! :-) Easter is coming quickly, so I’m glad for all the reminders, and yes, chocolate is a must! This really is a beautiful carrot cake recipe. I’m so glad to have it. The nut topping is just perfect. Good luck with all of your exams. I have a sense that you are a very good student. You’ll be missed, but you have your priorities straight. Do well! :-)

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