Healthier Carrot Cake

This week, I'm sharing a recipe I created for my sons 11th birthday cake. It was a carrot cake made healthier with the addition of wholemeal flour, rapeseed oil and pineapple. He's really into Stranger Things so I created Joy's alphabet communication wall with melted chocolate and peanut M&M's. I've also added some Belgian waffles for decoration, to imitate 'Eggos' which we can't get in the UK.

Moist and delicious this cake is a hit with the whole family! 


For the cake:
125g Plain Flour
125g Wholemeal flour
150g Soft brown sugar
150g Caster sugar
165ml Rapeseed Oil
3 Eggs
50ml Natural yoghurt
2 tsp Vanilla extract
1tsp Bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp Cinnamon
2tsp Mixed spice
300g Grated carrot
400g Pineapple canned in natural juice
Zest of 3 clementines

For the decoration:

500g buttercream frosting
1 pack of black fondant icing
Peanut M&M's
dark chocolate
Round Belgian waffles


Preheat the oven to 160 C / 315 F or gas mark 3, and line or grease a rectangular baking tray. I used a tin measuring 23cm x 15cm.
Mix together the oil, sugars, eggs, yoghurt, vanilla and clementine zest.
In a separate bowl sift the flours, spices and bicarbonate of soda.
combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix.
Add the grated carrot and pureed pineapple and mix once again.
Transfer into your tin, filling to aprox 3/4 full and bake for about 1 hour.
Check for readiness using a skewer, if it comes out clean your cake is done.
Allow to cool in the tin for 10 mins or so before transferring out onto a cooling wire.

Whilst your cake is cooling, roll out the black fondant onto a surface dusted with cornflour or icing sugar. Use a sharp knife or cutters to create the letters of the alphabet. set aside on baking paper to harden a little.

Once the cake is cooled cover with white buttercream frosting and decorate with fondant alphabet letters. Use melted chocolate to draw the string for the fairy lights and place an M&M at intervals along the string to correspond with a letter of the alphabet. Add waffles to finish off the Stranger Things Theme!

Present to your pre-teen and capture the moment of delight with your camera!