Carrot Cake

Divas Cafe Ballinspittle
Divas Cafe Ballinspittle
Divas Carrot Cake
Divas Carrot Cake
Eyeing My Prey
Eyeing My Prey
Diva's Deli & Bakery
Diva’s Deli & Bakery
Divas Bakery Cakes
Divas Bakery Cakes

One of my favourite spots in Cork is Diva’s cafe in Ballinspittle. My sister introduced me to this spot a few years ago on a trip down to Garretstown beach. It’s the perfect place to go after a walk or swim to reward yourself for your endeavours, or just to go for the sake of going. It’s a great alternative cafe and you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a real secret gem when you go there. The first time I went there I got the lavender and almond cake covered in Swiss buttercream, I think it was the best cake I have ever had! The last time I went there I was on the way to a wedding afters in the area and couldn’t resist a quick pit stop! It was late in the day so the cafe was shutting up shop, but thank god they spared us a slice of carrot cake! Yum! They also have a bakery/deli across the road that is amazing too- go to Ballinspittle willing to eat lots of good stuff and stock up your kitchen with goodies!

In the weeks following I had been dreaming of this carrot cake and decided to make one myself. As Divas don’t have a cookbook yet (I live in hope they will release one), I tried the Lily Higgins recipe which I think is perfection and super easy to make. Its so light yet moist and definitely a recipe to add to your scrap book! This makes two loaf tins but I made a giant one (using a spring form tin) for when a friend came over to dinner, and brought the rest in to work the next day. It made me quite popular that week!

 

Ingredients:

8oz self raising flour

6oz wholemeal flour

2 tsp bread soda

Pinch salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

13 fl oz sunflower oil

9oz caster sugar

4 free range eggs

3 grated carrots

Chopped walnuts

1 tub of cream cheese

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line your two loaf tins.
  2. Mix oil, sugar, egss, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg together in large bowl.
  3. Fold in flour, bread soda and walnuts.
  4. Add grated carrots.
  5. Bake for an hour or until a skewer comes out clean.
  6. Mix cream cheese with some vanilla extract and icing sugar and spread on top of cake, decorate with a few walnuts on top.
Quick Batter
Quick Batter
Slicing up my Cake
Slicing up my Cake
Finished Product
Finished Product
Now Enjoy!
Now Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Carrot Cake”

    1. You would love Divas, it’s so cool! And Garretstown beach and The Old Head are such beautiful areas nearby for walks or watersports, you can really make a day of it! That recipe is super easy, gotta love Lily Higgins! 🙂

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