Carrot cake

The best carrot cake I ate in Starbucks in Edinburgh. Let’s try to make it :)

Stir together in a large bowl:

250g all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher (sea) salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and allspice by martushka

Combine and beat for about a minute:

300g golden caster sugar
300ml (1/2 pint) corn oil
3 eggs
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

combine brown sugar and oil by martushka

add the eggs and vanilla by martushka

wet mixture by martushka

Combine the wet mixture with the dry stuff. Mix until batter is smooth.

the wet mixture with the dry stuff by martushka


140g chopped almonds or walnuts

chopped almonds by martushka

150g shredded carrot

shredded carrot by martushka

Pour batter into a baking pan.

batter in a baking pan by martushka

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool completely.

hot carrot cake by martushka

Make the frosting by mixing:
230g (8 oz) cream cheese, softened (I used Mascarpone)
1 tblsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
200g icing sugar

the frosting by martushka

When the cake has cooled cut it across.

cut in two by martushka

Place one cake, flat-side up, on a platter. Spread part of the icing over the top of the cake.

spread part of the icing by martushka

Top with the second cake, flat-side up, and spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake.

carrot cake by quall

Bye bye Starbucks :)

this is the carrot cake by quall

Chocolate muffin

Makes: 18 servings.

Whisk together:

175g (6oz) self-raising flour
2½ tbsp cocoa powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda or baking powder
150g (5oz) caster sugar

dry items by quall

In a separate bowl, whisk together:

2 eggs
150ml (¼pt) corn oil
150ml (¼pt) milk
2tsp almond extract
3 tbsp Carnation Caramel

wet items by quall

Add wet to the dry ingredients.

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Stir together until the mixture is smooth.

stiring by quall

mixture is ready by quall

Pour batter into prepared muffin cups.

into the tin by quall

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F. Bake about 18 minutes.

growing bigger and bigger by quall

Coffee or tea? :)

chocolate muffin by quall

Martushka’s mom cheesecake

My favourite cake :)

1 kg (35 oz) cottage cheese
6 eggs
330g (11,6 oz) icing sugar
250g (8,8 0z)  margarine
16g (o,56 oz) vanilla sugar
2 heaped tbsp potato starch

items for baking a cheesecake by quall

Beat the egg whites to a light froth.

egg whites by quall

Grind cottage cheese, until smooth.

cottage cheese by quall

Beat the egg yolks with icing sugar and vanilla sugar, add margarine and make this creamy.

margarine by quall

Next add the cottage cheese…

add cottage cheese by quall

…and flour then mix it well.

mix by quall

Finally add the beaten eggs’ whites and gently mix.

add the beaten egg whites by quall

You can add some raisins if you like.

raisins by quall

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 356F.

in a cake tin by quall

Bake the cake for 50-55 minutes.

cheesecake is ready by quall

Sprinkle cake with icing sugar.

sprinkle cake with icing sugar by quall

That cheesecake is lovely warm but it’s even better the following day.

cheesecake on the plate by quall

Turkish moon

When I was a child my mum was making delicious crescent-moon cakes. I still remember the taste, but I have not got the recepie. So I tried to recreate that taste…

You need:

4 eggs
150g icing sugar
150g flour
150g butter or margarine
1½ tsp baking powder
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp rum essential oil

you need by martushka

Mix icing sugar with butter. Add one egg at a time and mix. Add the rest of items.

waiting for blend by martushka

Blend until smooth.

it's smooth by martushka

Preheat the oven to 180°C, 356F. Bake the cake for 15 minutes.

in oven by martushka

after 15 minutes by martushka

Items for icing:

150g icing sugar
2 tbsp rum
1 tbsp water

items for icing by martushka

Mix it all together.

ice by martushka

Cover the hot cake with icing.

icing by martushka

Cut out crescent-moons. I made mistake and cut it before icing set :)

cuting out by martushka

Not perfect but very tasty :) unfortunatelly not the same like my mother’s :(

Turkish moon by Konrad