Saturday, May 23, 2009

Ginger Crunch recipe and Carrot cake.

Here are the recipes as promised, that some of you were keen to have, if you are in a baking mood. They are both delicious and going by the way they were consumed in my household, hopefully you will enjoy too.

Have a wonderful weekend

Carrot Cake

225g flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp cinnamon
pinch of grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
400g soft brown sugar
350ml. vegetable oil
4 eggs beaten
400g grated carrots
chopped walnuts (optional)
Butter for greasing

100g cream cheese
40g butter softened
100g caster sugar
2 drops vanilla essence
1 small can of pineapple rings,drained and chopped

Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F Gas 4.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a large bowl.
Mix the sugar and oil together in another bowl and then add the eggs.
Make a well in the flour and stir in the liquid, then the carrots and walnuts.
Grease and line an 18cm / 7in square cake tin. Sppon in the mixture and bake for 2-
2.1/2 hours or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out cleanly.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin, then turn out onto a wire rack.
When cold wrap in foil and leave for a day.

To make the frosting, mash the cream cheese, butter sugar and vanilla essence together then stir in the pineapple. (making sure it is drained thoroughly after chopping is best, on kitchen paper.
Spread over the top of the cake and serve cut into squares.

Ginger Crunch

125g butter
125g sugar
200g flour
1 teaspoon Ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream butter and sugar, add sifted dry ingredients. Knead and press into a greased shallow tin. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 190oC (375oF)
Put into a saucepan 4 tablespoons butter, 8 tablespoons Icing sugar, 4 teaspoons Golden syrup and 2 teaspoons Ground ginger. Heat until melted then pour over the cake while hot, and cut into squares before it gets cold.


  1. Thank you so much for the recipes. I think I will try the carrot cake first. I don't know how many in the family like ginger. I love it though.

  2. Thank you!!! I can't wait to try the ginger recipe!!!

  3. Hi Dolores,

    Yes, ginger is quite a strong flavour but very nice.
    When I was a small girl my Dad used to get Crystallized ginger for Christmas. I used to lick all the sugar off and when I got to the ginger, I would throw it in the chook bucket.

    Good luck with the Ginger crunch and I hope you like it.


  4. THank you for the recipes. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is my favorite kind of cake!!!

  5. Hi Carolyn, Thanks for dropping by my blog. I am enjoying drawing very much. I have other ideas for combining drawing and tatting. Now to find the time.

    I already commented on the carrot cake, but forgot to mention that the ginger crunch sounds very good and I will give that a try soon. Thanks for the recipes.

  6. mmmmmm yummmm.... thanks for these....

    I like to snack on bits of crystallized ginger, a handful of walnuts or almonds and a few mini shredded wheat thingies... a tasty handful...

  7. OMGoodness! That looks so delicious right now! YUMMY! I'll be right over! LOL! ;)

  8. Hi Carol,

    They are both good recipes so I hope that you enjoy, if you try them.
    Your drawings and tatted work together are great.

    Hi Vee,

    That sounds like a healthy snack and probably a lot better for you than cake and biscuits.

    Hi TattingChic,

    I wished you could come right on over and I will put on the kettle.


  9. love the recipes....You have a beautiful blog...I have enjoyed my visit and will be back often.

    Hope you will stop by my blog and read about little Maggie.
    This is an urgent prayer need.
    I have seen the power of prayer over and over in the blog world.
    I have a button for anyone that would like to add it to their blog.

  10. Hi Teresa,

    Many thanks for visiting and your kind words.

    I will stop by your blog and read about little Maggie.


  11. How clever to add pineapple to the cream cheese frosting. A true inspiration!

  12. The carrot cake is delicious and moist and the pineapple gives it a yummy taste.

  13. Ginger crunch, I have got to try it! Thank you.

  14. You are welcome Tracie and I hope you enjoy.



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