Carrot Cake and a Giveaway

I tend to be opposed to the concept of carrot cake – it’s all veg (and I am ethically opposed to veg).  But one of my co-workers (a healthy lifestyle vegetarian, of course) requested a carrot cake for her leaving do.

Obviously, as a good little co-worker, I had to oblige!  So I adapted the carrot cake recipe from my favourite bakery to serve at the office – this was a big hit both with my colleagues and the women we work with.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes (adapted from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook)


300g light brown sugar

300 ml sunflower oil

3 eggs

300g plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

300g carrots

DSC_1162Mix together sugar, oil and eggs.


Sift in the dry ingredients

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Mix in the grated carrots (grating the carrots is probably the most time consuming part of the process and line muffin tins with muffin cases.  Spoon batter into muffin tins, until about 2/3 full.

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Bake at 170C for about ten to fifteen minutes, until you can stick a fork into the cupcake and it comes out clean.


I covered it with a cream cheese icing, but you could also use a plain vanilla buttercream if you’re not one of these people who puts buttercream on everything.

DSC_1171In honour of cupcakes of all shapes, sizes and tastes, I am giving away a set of these DCI cupcake measuring cups.  Cute, right?  (sadly, not cute enough for Beardy Fiance to end my measuring cup moratorium.)

imagesSo adorable, right?  And all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on my blog telling me about the cutest measuring cups you’ve ever seen.  For extra entries, follow me on twitter or Facebook – then leave an extra comment to let me know that you have!

Giveaway ends the 1st of September and is only available in the UK and Ireland.



  1. recipesfromapantry · · Reply

    These are the cutest measuring cups I have ever seen. I want to win them……..

  2. recipesfromapantry · · Reply

    I already follow you on facebook and twitter.

  3. I bought my sister-in-law russian doll measuring cups and thought they were pretty cute too 🙂 xoxo

    1. Oh, the M cup ones! I WANT! Are they usable?

      1. Hmmm she hasn’t mentioned it, so I will assume they are good 🙂 Speaking of cute, she bought herself these recently –

  4. These are so cute mine are small glass ones that were gifted to me .Following you on twitter and facebook.

  5. I love carrot cake! Little muffins looks amazing 😉

  6. a nice book ,a hot cuppa and carrot cake ummm ! these measuring cups are soo cuteee!me wantss !I had some very cute measuring cups which were hand me downs from mum but they vanished alongwith a few others things when we moved home 😦
    Sighhh… could really do wid new ones!

  7. Were they a big hit with you though?
    Janie x
    PS I only recently bought some measuring cups, so please don’t add me to the comp! 🙂

    1. No, I just can’t get over the carrotness of them!

      What kind of measuring cups do you have (I’m addicted! Leave me alone!)

      1. Oh, you are special Nick 😀
        I bought simple white ones to go in my fabulous new (not yet finished) completely white kitchen! EEK!

  8. These ones!

  9. The cutest measuring cups i’ve ever seen are the generic blue plastic ones I own. Not particularly cute but it was either those or the expesive metal type ones. Nothing cute like the cupcake shaped ones around here 😀

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