Monday, March 26, 2012

Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

This variation on the usual lemon flavoured cream cheese icing is delicious with any dense  cake or slice.

  • 250grams softened cream cheese
  • 100 grams dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1.  Melt the chocolate in the microwave (using short 30 second bursts) or using a double boiler over lightly simmering water.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and cocoa powder.
  3. Add the vanilla chocolate mixture into the cream cheese and sugar.
  4. Beat all of the ingredients together until the mixture is light and fluffy. 

It's ready to be piped or spread onto your favourite treat.


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing


  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups plain flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups grated carrot
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 deg C. 
  2. Place the sugar, vanilla and the oil in a bowl and beat for 3 min. Add eggs 1 at a time beating well after each addition. 
  3. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and ginger into the sugar mixture. 
  4. Add the nuts and carrot and mix gently.
  5. Pour the mixture into an 8 inch round tin lined with baking paper and bake for 55-60 min. 
Serves 8

 This carrot cake does not contain sultanas for people who don’t like dried fruit we know you are out there and this is for you.

Cream Cheese Icing

250g (8oz) cream cheese
1 ½ tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup icing sugar

Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sifted icing sugar and the lemon juice and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Spread thickly.  This icing is great on Banana cake, Madiera cake or Ginger cake too!

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