Have you ever fallen in love with a property from the minute you set eyes on it? I was in love with the Gypsy Cottage the moment I glimpsed this picture perfect getaway. I will tell you more about this gorgeous country hideaway in a later story. Right now I want to share a recipe from our stay. Nicole Michelle Kanofski is not just the owner of The Gypsy Cottage, she is also a fabulous cook and has generously shared her recipe for Carrot & Ginger Cake with our Gourmet Getaways readers.
You see, when we arrived at the cottage we were treated to a wonderful afternoon tea. Waiting for us in the sweet cottage kitchen, was this delicious Carrot & Ginger Cake. The cake was served with an amazing Salted Caramel Glaze and in the fridge was freshly whipped cream. The combination was literally drool worthy.
The quaint cottage kitchen was almost too perfect and pretty to disturb. The farmhouse table had been laid with a white linen, embroidered table cloth, there were pretty pink napkins, gorgeous china and all the makings for a beautiful afternoon tea. We took a moment to admire the setting, but the cake was calling me! I wanted a slice and I knew it would go perfectly with a pot of tea.
- For the Cake
- 2 1/2 large carrots grated coarsely.
- 1 1/3 cups plain flour sifted.
- 1 cup each of brown and caster sugar.
- 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut.
- 1 1/4 cup rolled oats (quick oats preferred as they are finer)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder.
- 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger.
- 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon .
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon orange juice (zest of orange is optional)
- 1 1/2 cups of sour cream
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil.
- 3 large free range eggs.
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.
- 1/4 cup of Almond meal.
- Chopped roasted almonds to serve
- 1/3 cup butter
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar.
- 1 tablespoon golden syrup
- 1/2 cup cream.
- 3 cups of icing sugar.
- Preheat oven to 180c (fan forced oven)
- Butter and line 2. 22 cm pans with baking paper.
- Stir the carrot and dry ingredients together including sea salt, oats and almond meal.
- Make a well in the centre and add sour cream, oil and eggs. Divide evenly among tins.
- Smooth over, swap tins around in oven halfway through cooking!
- Cook for about 45 mins, test with a skewer to see if its ready.
- Cool completely before icing!
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stir in sugar and golden syrup until smooth,
- gently bring to a simmer and stir continuously until thickened slightly, stir in cream, remove from heat,
- Stir in icing sugar and sea salt flakes to taste, leave to cool to a spreading consistency.
- Spread over each half of cake and then on top.
- Garnish with roasted almonds and fresh whipped cream!
I honestly can’t describe how deliciously moist this cake is, but if you take a look at the ingredients you get a few clues. The recipe includes coconut, sour cream and almond meal, three ingredients which always lift a cake above the average. The crumb is rich and textural.
The flavour is also quite special. The recipe uses fresh ginger, ground cinnamon and nutmeg to give a deeper spicy profile. The addition of orange zest and juice freshens the cake and brings it well out of the rhelm of your average carrot cake.
I decided to share this recipe now because with the cooler weather I have been craving more of this dessert cake with my tea and I figured readers might like a bite or two as well. Gypsy Cottage is located at Redwood not far from the Gold Coast and Brisbane hinterland. It’s the perfect location for a romantic getaway.
If your short on time at the moment perhaps you can make Nicole’s Carrot & Ginger Cake and imagine yourself watching the sunset over grassy mountains at the cottage.
Stay tuned for more on this secret hideaway cottage. In the meantime take a peek at the website.