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21 - A peach carrot cake with cream cheese frosting + A Saveur blog awards finalist!

3-4 fresh peaches (I used donut peaches) ...


22 - A peach carrot cake with cream cheese frosting + A Saveur blog awards finalist!

First things first... THIS CAKE! Peach and carrot may sound like a strange combination but it definitely isn't. It's one of the most delicious cakes I've ever made, and I ate about half of it in a couple of days (don't worry, the other half was eaten too, but not by me). And you know what else? I forgot about my blog birthday.. yet again. I forget every year! I guess that happens when the blog is growing up, each birthday gets less and less noteworhty. Now the blog is 7 years old. Crazy! I also have some other exciting news to share with you.. I'm one of the finalists in the Best Baking & Sweets category in the Saveur Blog Awards. It's seriously such a great honor to be a finalist! Click _HERE _ to view all finalists and to cast your votes, or click the Saveur link in the sidebar to the right. Remember to vote early and often! PEACH CARROT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING _Makes one 6-inch cake, serves 8-10_ INGREDIENTS _For the cake_ 150 g salted butter 3 large eggs 2/3 cup (135 g) granulated sugar 1/3 cup + 1 1/2 tbsp (65 g) light brown muscovado sugar, firmly packed 1/4 tsp vanilla powder 1 1/4 cups (180 g) all purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp sea salt flakes 1 tsp ground cinnamon 250 g carrots (about 1 3/4 cups when grated) 1 can (around 410 g) of peach halves in juice (2/3 CUP of peach puree will be used in the cake, save the rest for filling) _For the cream cheese frosting_ 150 g softened butter 200 g cream cheese, at room temperature 3/4 - 1 cup (110-150 g) powdered sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla powder _For the filling_ Remaining peach puree _Caramelized peaches_ 3-4 fresh peaches (I used donut peaches) 3 tbsp butter 3 tbsp light brown muscovado sugar, loosely packed Fresh blackberries DIRECTIONS _Cake_ 1. Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). 2. Butter and flour two 6-inch (15 cm) cake pans. 3. Melt the butter and leave to cool. 4. Beat eggs and sugars until fluffy and lighter in color and texture, about 3 minutes. Add melted butter and vanilla and beat until combined. 5. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl, then stir into the batter until just smooth. 6. Peel and grate the carrots. Put the peaches (without the juice) in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. 7. Add grated carrots and 2/3 cup of the peach puree to the batter and stir until combined. Divide batter between the two cake pans. 8. Bake for about 40-43 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. 9. Leave to cool in the pans for 20 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely. _Cream cheese frosting_ 1. Beat butter until pale and fluffy. Add cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until just smooth. 2. Put the bowl in the fridge while you cut the cake. _Assembly (Check out my 'HOW TO FILL AND COVER A CAKE' -guide)_ 1. Cut both cake layers in half with a serrated knife so you end up with four cake layers. 2. Put the first cake layer on a cake board or directly onto a plate or cake stand. Spread a layer of frosting on the first layer, then spread a layer of the peach puree over. Repeat this until you've used up all layers. 3. Spread a thin layer of frosting all over the cake and put in the fridge while you prepare the topping. _Caramelized peaches_ 1. Slice the fresh peaches. Heat the butter over medium heat in a non-reactive skillet. Add brown sugar and swirl with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts. 2. Add the peach slices and caramelize for 2-3 minutes. Let cool completely, then put them on top of the cake with blackberries.