Monday, August 31, 2009

A blizzard hits in London (my carrot cake tale)

Sorry this took so long to post! I did actually make the cake in the month of August, I'm just crap at posting lately.

Anyway, as mentioned, I used Joanne's recipe. And then I needed to buy muffin baking tins. Which, of course, on the 2 days I went to bake, I couldn't find!! So I wandered the streets of London for a bit in the rain then decided, screw it - I'll just make it as a cake.

I have to say, it took me almost 20 minutes to grate that entire bag of carrots (see 1st photo below). Is there an easier way to do this, ladies?? My arm nearly fell off, and my grater almost ate my fingertips at least 4 times!

Anyway, the rest of the baking was uneventful and fine. I popped the lovely cake rounds in the oven and commenced on my fave bit - the frosting! I was feeling all proud of myself because I decided to use the whisk attachment on my hand blender (that I use every morning for my protein smoothie), and because up to this point, my little kitchen was all nice and tidy and clean and filled with the yummy smell of baking cake.

Then all hell broke loose. One of the wires in the whisk attachment came unstuck/unsprung [??] and it took me a second to realize what happened. In that second, cream cheese frosting flew in a thick white BLIZZARD aaaaalllll over my lovely clean kitchen: Floor, walls, ceiling, me, and splattering just about every appliance on the countertop.

I was cussing too hard to remember to take a picture. But imagine a lawn sprinkler shooting out thick white blobs of powdery marshmallow-like goo all over the lawn. Then imagine that moves inside.

That's what my kitchen looked like. I was ... less than impressed.

Anyway, I took the cake into work the next day, and the girls in the office LOVED it. I had a piece, and I loved it.

I'm not saying it was worth the 30 mins of blizzard cleaning or toting the heavy thing on 3 trains and in a taxi to work... but it was a nice going away gift for my office mates.

A few pics:

The carrot grating marathon begins:

The frosting - before the Blizzard of 09:

Finished Product: :) YUM

1 comment:

rena said...

Oh boy! That sounds like quite a mess. I'm sorry a blizzard hit your kitchen but the end result looks delicious!

The easiest way to grate carrots is with a food processor. I grated mine in about a minute.