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Hawaiian Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The week of hubby’s birthday continued today with another cake and another celebration. I used Sweetapolita’s cake recipe and also her cream cheese frosting recipe. The only change I made to the cake was I used gluten-free flour. Honestly, no one would have had any idea it was gluten-free if I’d not mentioned it. Carrot cake seems to handle gluten-free flour well in taste and texture – I’ve made gluten-free carrot cupcakes once before with a different recipe. I baked the cake in two round pans, then sliced each cake in half horizontally. I assembled the cake with three layers and we taste-tested the remaining layer, just to be sure it was edible of course.  The Hawaiian in the title refers to the pineapple in the cake. Having just come back from a week in Hawaii (when can we go again?) it seems as though if you stick pineapple on anything, bam, it’s Hawaiian! With this cold Sydney weather I’ll take a slice of Hawaii any chance I get.

And yes, I’m in to layer cakes at the moment. I’m learning more about baking and decorating with each cake I make and really liking the look of layers of frosting sandwiched between soft, sweet cake.

Happy birthday hubby! Also to cousin Ros who shares your birthday, and to cousin Joel who turned 10 on the 4th of July.

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Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Happy 40th birthday hubby! I hope all of your birthday wishes come true, just like your wish for yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Yellow cake recipe.

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Rainbow Cake

I did it! And with no major disasters, upsets, re-dos or tears. Thank goodness. I’ve been looking for an excuse to attempt a rainbow cake for a while. My nanna’s 78th birthday was the perfect occasion – mainly because she loves anything and everything I make. I used Whisk Kid‘s recipe and instructions; go to her blog to watch her make the cake on the Martha Stewart show. I baked the cakes yesterday afternoon and made the first batch of icing last night. Then, I stacked the layers and did a crumb coating of icing and let the cake sit overnight.  Most recipes suggest only gel colouring will do for this cake; however, I used liquid food colour and the results look vivid enough to me. I have ordered a full set of gel colours from Little Betsy Baker’s stocktake, sale so I will use them for my next rainbow cake. The only container big enough to hold the cake and stand was my cupcake courier, with the trays removed.

This morning, I made the second batch of icing and finished the cake. (The recipe specifies the quantities for each batch). The icing is Swiss meringue buttercream. This is the first time I’ve made it. It is a combination of sugar, egg whites, butter and vanilla. The recipe wasn’t too tricky and the first batch was perfect. There was enough to spread generous amounts between each cake layer and for the crumb coating. Batch number two was smaller and enough to cover the cake. This batch was a little problematic and I was afraid it wasn’t going to turn out properly, as the mixture took a while to come together in the mixer. Eventually, though, the icing turned out fine as the trusty Kitchenaid did her stuff. I would not have been able to make the icing without it. The second batch of icing has more of a yellow colour than the first. I’m not sure why yet. I’ll definitely make this type of icing again. I need to invest in some decorating tools and a larger cake plate but I managed with what I had.

And yes, Nanna loved it.

Click here for the recipe, instructions and video from Whisk Kid

Click here to see another awesome rainbow cake from Sweetapolita

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Muddy Chocolate Orange Cake

In less than ten days I’ll be a real grown up 30 years old. And every birthday needs a cake, well at least one. I might try for multiple cakes this years since it’s the big three-oh, and heck, why not? I got it into my head that I might want a jaffa-flavoured mudcake for one of my celebrations. It seems a little odd to bake your own birthday cake(s) so I won’t be doing that. But I can bake non-birthday jaffa-flavoured cakes right? And that I did.

I took Donna Hay’s muddy chocolate cake recipe and added the juice and rind of one orange. I might add a little more of each next time, for some extra jaffa flavour. The cake was a hit and I may or may not have had four pieces over the past three days.

More jaffa goodness here.
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More here.

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