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Mr McGregor's Chocolate Carrot Cake

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This is a cake I made for a competition. It would make a great birthday cake for a child or as just a bit of fun to try and make something special. It is a rich cake best had as a desert with a helping of cream.

Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 servings

Ingredients
70g plain white flour
70g plain wholemeal flour
30g self-raising white flour
30g self-raising wholemeal flour
100g ground almonds
150g margarine
2 tbsp Truvia sweetener (or 150g caster sugar)
240g carrots
3 eggs
400g dark chocolate
300g creme fraiche
Blue/green/black royal icing
12 royal icing carrot decorations

Equipment
34 lollipop sticks
1 cocktail stick
2 x 18.5cm x 18.5cm square baking trays

Method
Break 32 of the lollipop sticks in half and put them to one side.
Preheat the oven to 180 ༠C/ 160 ༠C fan/375 ༠F/5.



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Grate the carrots and mix with the flours and ground almonds.



mr mcgregor, peteter rabbit, beatrix potter, chocolate cake, carrot cake, novelty cake


Rub in the margarine.



mr mcgregor, peteter rabbit, beatrix potter, chocolate cake, carrot cake, novelty cake


Beat the eggs with sweetener/sugar, and then beat into the mixture.



mr mcgregor, peteter rabbit, beatrix potter, chocolate cake, carrot cake, novelty cake


Melt 100g chocolate and fold into the cake mixture.



mr mcgregor, peteter rabbit, beatrix potter, chocolate cake, carrot cake, novelty cake


Divide the cake mixture equally between the two trays.



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Melt 200g chocolate over a pan of boiling water, and stir in 200g creme fraiche.



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Spread the ganache over the top of cakes, and then place the cakes on top of one another.
Stick the sugar paste carrots in two rows on the front of the cake
Roll green royal icing into eight small balls, and then use the cocktail stick to drag two lines through the middle (like a cross). Line these 'cabbages' in two rows on the back of the cake.
Roll out a small amount of blue icing in an oval shape, and then poke both ends of one of the remaining lollipop sticks through to create arm holes.
Using a pea-sized amount of any remaining ganache stick it to the last lollipop stick three-quarters of the way up.
Slide the lollipop stick vertically down the back of the 'jacket' and press it against the other lollipop stick to stick it together like a cross.



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Stick this 'scarecrow' in the centre of the cake.
Roll a small amount of black royal icing into two baked bean shapes, and then use the cocktail stick to drag an opening into each one.
Place the 'shoes' underneath Peter's jacket.



mr mcgregor, peteter rabbit, beatrix potter, chocolate cake, carrot cake, novelty cake


Melt 100g chocolate and stir in 100g creme fraiche.
Spread the ganache all around the sides of the cake and then stick the broken lollipop sticks to it to form a fence.
Put the cake in the fridge to set.

Categories
#Chocolate
#Chocolate Cake
#Carrots
#Carrot Cake
#Cake
#Celebration
#Novelty Cake
#Dessert
#Kids
#Birthday
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