Monday, 3 September 2007

baking with Stephanie.

I've had the big stripey Stephanie Alexander bible for ages, but somehow had never cooked anything from there (probably because I'm shallow and there's a distinct lack of pictures).

This weekend I tried the Sticky Date Pudding (actually called Sticky Toffee Pudding) which was sublime, but not photogenic, and the Simple Carrot Cake (pictured here) which was very good, but not the best carrot cake I've ever had, and therefore not quite good enough. Although it's tastier today - it seems carrot cake is one of the few cakes better refrigerated than straight out of the oven.

I decorated the cake with these autumn leaf shaped sprinkles that I picked up in Melbourne. I thought they were lovely, but I got asked 3 times if the reason I only did half the cake was that I'd run out. NO thankyou very much - I like my cakes the way I like my haircuts: asymmetrical and a wee bit pretentious. SO THERE.


Elsie said...
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Elsie said...

My extensive experience with carrot cakes is also they they are better on day two out of the fridge. It turns out all my colleagues here like carrot cake, so its the birthday staple :)

I haven't tried stephanie's recipe, although I almost did this week for the most recent birthday because I found myself at home without my computer and hence my emails and the internet, aka my recipes!! But then I discouvered that I'd actually been smart and printed out my trusty recipe. That being said, its certainly not up there in the best of the best carrot cake recipes, so if you find one or know of one, please let me know!

Hannah said...

I like very much your artfully sprinkled swirl.

m∃ said...

Thanks Hannah - I knew you'd appreciate it!

Mag apparently has a very good one Els, I'll let you know when I've tried it.

Margie said...

I did tell you you need to make it in a ring form, right? It has to be a ring.

I knew straight away you were being arty. Ran out. Pah.

m∃ said...

Yeah Mag, you said it was a ring. Is ok - my only microwave cake pan is luckily a moat.