This recipe was very basic and had all of the ingredients you would expect to see as well as some you wouldn't - cocoa powder! It was simply spiced with cinnamon only, used lots of carrots (454g) and avoided the more polarizing ingredients like coconut and pineapple that you find in some carrot cakes.
I've mentioned before that I'm not much of a cake decorator so I like to keep it simple. But for this cake, I wanted to try my hand at making fondant carrots, an idea that was immediately vetoed by my other daughter who claimed that "everyone does that!". I had to come up with an alternative plan. Since birthday girl is a talented musician and a fan of white chocolate, I made some white chocolate, music-themed decorations.
We loved this cake! It was subtly spiced and not too sweet, and was perfectly complemented by the tangy buttercream. It looked quite dense but was actually very light and moist and kept well in the fridge.
The cake was a real crowd-pleaser, but more importantly, birthday girl was very happy with it!