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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Swiss Carrot Cake & Great Cooks Blogroll

Swiss Carrot Cake

It’s been birthday time again and this time it was my daughters. I had visions of baking a three-tier sponge parcel cake covered in different coloured fondant icing with hearts and stars springing out on wires from the top parcel. Then with a little pierce of a pin or should I say words, my bubble of dreams burst!! My daughter didn’t inherit my sweet tooth and announced that she would really appreciate a carrot cake that I had baked once before. I have to admit it is a gorgeous moist flavoured cake with cinnamon, freshly ground almonds, slight touch of lemon juice and zest, and moist freshly grated carrots not to mention the rest of the ingredients. The icing contains kirsch liqueur, which gives that special highlight in flavour and lightly toasted flaked almonds for the grand finale.

I cannot take credit for this recipe of “ Swiss Carrot Cake”, because it comes from Sonja Watson who submitted this recipe to “The Peoples Cookbook” UKTV Food. I gather this cake is from her mother’s recipe. The only adaptations I have made to this recipe are the temperature for baking was dropped to 160°C due to having a fan assisted oven, I doubled the quantity of toasted flaked almonds made a little extra kirsch icing for covering the cake.

If you have a soft spot for carrot cakes I fully recommend you try this recipe out, which can be found [here].

On another subject, I am pleased to announce that I have been accepted to join the “The Great Cooks Blogroll”.

Jill created the Blogroll for people, who have a love of good cooking, baking & recipes etc.

You can also apply to join if you own your own Blog by simply clicking on, “The Great Cooks Blogroll image badge” down the right hand side of my Blog.

I am sure you will recognise some of your Blogging friends who have already joined, so if you haven’t joined up yet, I do urge you to go and sign up now!


Pixie said...

First a big happy birthday to your daughter. I can't blame her wanting carrot cake; I adore it as well.

Maria said...

Hi Rosie, we must be in tune or something, hehehe. I have also baked a carrot cake for this weekend. I have my in laws over tomorrow for Sunday lunch. Your cake looks wonderful, I am sure Rachel is going to be one happy gal. Happy Birthday to her ;o)

Have a nice weekend.


Indigo said...

That carrot cake looks stunning - I also have a ridiculously sweet tooth, but I can definitely appreciate thing ^__^. I don't suppose you want to make my birthday cake? =P

Bellini Valli said...

Carrot cake is one of my all time favourites Rosie. I can see why your daughter would request this particular version :D

Peter M said...

Rosie, I do love that sliced almond covering your cake.

Margaret said...

Happy Birthday to your daughter. A sophisticated choice - she must have a good palate for flavours.
I think you have tempted me to have a go at this one as carrot cake is a regular in my house. Hadn't heard of this blogroll before. Mx

ruthEbabes said...

another fantastic cake! sounds great.

congrats on making the great cooks blogroll

Cynthia said...

Rosie, it is a pleasure to discover your blog. I want to thank you sincerely for stopping by mine and helping me to do so.

I look forward to our visits.

glamah16 said...

I love your decorative almond finish.

Ivy said...

Happy Birthday Rosie for your sweet daughter and this cake looks so good. Pixie was right saying that you bake the most terrific cakes.

Dhanggit said...

happy birthday to your daughter i wish her all the best and happiness!! and who needs a cakeshop when mom can bake a cake better than the ones on sale!! this is beautiful rosie!!

Donna said...

Happy Birthday to your Daughter!!! February really was a busy month for birthdays! And I, to, love a good carrot cake! Much love to you Sweetie!!

Cooking and the City said...

Rosie the cake looks lovely I love carrot cake. hope your daughter had a nice Birthday :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Pixie, thank you & I will pass on your birthday wishes :D This recipe is a must try for any lover of carrot cake ;D

Hi Maria, we do have this knack of baking in tune heehee.. This recipe & Tessa Kiros (which you baked) are great tasting carrot cakes. Have a great weekend with family sweetie and I will pass on to Rachel your birthday wishes – thanks :D

Hi Indigo, awe bless you thanks and what a great honour coming from another great baker! I would be happy to bake you a cake :D

Hi Val, I wonder if it has anything to do with the kirsch why she wanted this cake lol *wink* *wink* :D :D

Hi Peter, I find sometimes simple decorations on a cake make them look beautiful. Oh and toasted almonds with kirsch icing was a great creation by Sonja Watson.

It is really lovely to *see* you all and thanks for calling by!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi M, this really is a fabulous flavoured carrot cake, I hope you try it :D I found out about the “The Great Cooks” Blogroll from happy cooks site.

Hi Ruth, awe thanks sweetie :D

Hi Cynthia, thank you and likewise! :D Congratulations on your forth coming book too :D

Hi glamah16, thank you and the toasted almonds give a wonderful flavour to the overall cake.

Hi Ivy, ahhh bless you, you are so very sweet and I will pass on your kind birthday wishes to my daughter :D

Thank you everyone for kindly calling by and all your lovely comments!

Rosie x

Rosie said...

Hi Dhanggit, you are so sweet and I will pass on your kind birthday wishes to my daughter – thank you! :D

Hi Donna, one of my favourite recipes besides Tessa Kirros carrot cake! Thank you – I will pass on your kind birthday wishes to my daughter. It has been a weekend of birthdays with both of our families!! Hugs and birthday wishes to Crystals teenager :D

Hi Dell, Rachel had a lovely birthday with the family thank you!:D Great recipe to try out dell if you like carrot cake ;D

Lovely to *see* you here ladies and for all you kind words thank you! :D

Rosie x

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Wish your daughter a very happy birthday !!

I love carrot cakes too and we are getting the good red colour ones at this time of the year in India..Wil try this in a day or two and tell you:)
The cake really looks pretty too !!

Rosie said...

Hi Swati, awe I will pass your bithday wishes on to her thank you! :D

I can’t wait to hear what you think of this cake too!! I bet those carrots are just so delicious I’m such a fan of the humble carrot and also like to eat them raw.

Thank you for you kind words and for calling by! :D

Rosie x

Happy cook said...

DELICIOUS c&&arrot cake. I've never made carfrot cake at home. But have heard about it a lot.
It is better to make something the b'day girl loves.

Dhivya said...

wow..looks yummy and delicious ur cake

Rosie said...

Hi Happy, this is a lovely recipe to make your first carrot cake at home. I so agree about making something the Bday girl request :D

Hi Dhivya, awe thanks you are such a treasure! :D

Many thanks ladies for calling by and for your lovely comments!

Rosie x

Uma said...

Wow, Rosie, you are great at cakes. I wish I could bake cakes like you! Wonderfully decorated carrot cake makes me grab it from the pic. if I have magic powers! Please pass on my birthday wishes (belated?) to your lucky daughter. By the way, Congrats on joining the great cooks blogroll. I am going to do that pretty soon. Thanks.

Cakelaw said...

Hi Rosie, This cake looks terrific. Sometimes it's nice to have a cake that is a little more subtle on the sweetness factor - and besides, it contains veges - all that great beta carotene and vitamin C ;)

Cakespy said...

I think it would be a happy birthday, Christmas Day, Easter Day, ANY Day with a cake like this! Lovely job as usual!

sowmya said...

what a lovely cake!!! I loved your other cakes as well..nice blog..I am so impressed.

Rosie said...

Hi Uma, awe what kind words thank you :D I will pass on you’re your bday wishes to my daughter bless you! :D

Hi Cakelaw, I have to agree its lovely to have something less sweet in a bake. Its always been said carrots are good for us! :D

Hi cakespy, ahhhh, many thanks for your lovely comment! :D

Hi sowmya, first welcome to my little blog and also for your very kind words! :D I will be calling by your blog very soon!

Thanks you all for calling by and for your kind comments – it makes for a great Monday feeling! :D

Rosie x

Jeena said...

Rosie the look of those almonds and the icing on this cake is so tasty I wish I could have have a piece! It looks beautiful. :-)

Rosie said...

Hi Jeena, great to *see* you! :D
This is a lovely recipe to follow and thank you for your kind comment! :D

Hugs Rosie x

The Caked Crusader said...

Beautiful looking cake - I like the way you've brought the almonds up the side and onto the top, it looks very stylish

Rosie said...

Hi Caked Crusader, thank you! :D This was such a simple cake to make. I adore almonds (as you can guess lol) hmmm must be why I doubled the amount for the sides and top! :D

Best wishes Rosie x

Passionate baker...& beyond said...

BEAUUUUUUUUUUUTIFUL Cake Rosie...stunning is right!! Happy belated birthday to you dear daughter. Such a joy to see such a pretty home-made cake! Thanks to for adding me as a friend at Great Cooks...LOL...BTW, you deserve all the awards, WAY TO GO!!!

Rosie said...

Hi P B & B, Awe thank you I am so very touched by your very kind comment! I will pass on your bday wishes to my daughter too!

Also pleased to have you as a friend at Great Cooks you are such an inspiration! :D

Best wishes Rosie x