A Little More Than Cake.

  • By Stacey Smith
  • 26 Sep, 2016

Bunny's Carrot Buns and a Step Inside Bunny's Bakery. 

Ideally this would have been posted last week as it was National cupcake week and the recipe I’m about to share with you would have been perfect for the occasion, however I was away in Edinburgh, but I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to share something else, something I’ve been working on a few months now, something that is quite personal and very much me.

So here goes..(deep breath)

Using my own experiences and realising that life is as unpredictable as “The Great British Bake Off” together with my love of baking and some cuddly woodland creatures I have created a little childrens story. Filled with cake and even more determination that I hope will inspire your little ones to bake, but more importantly to not give up and just keep going whatever life throws at them.

I hope you enjoy!

Bunny’s Bakery

The Perfect Bake Is No Piece of Cake

 

Bunny is a rabbit with fluffy biscuit coloured fur, long ears and rather large feet who lives in a burrow deep in the forest called Bluebell Woods.

Bunny was busy in her kitchen making some blackberry scones for her best friend Sally, a red squirrel with a big bushy tail. She had fallen out of an oak tree collecting chestnuts and was now tucked up in bed with a sore head and in much need of cheering up.

Bunny loves to bake, her dream is to have a little bakery of her own one day. As she rolled out the dough, cut it into circles and popped them in the oven she wondered what her bakery would be like. She imagined it would be the best bakery in Bluebell Woods, you would be able to smell her scrumptious breads for miles and her friends would be queuing from outside the door to buy her yummy cakes and perfect pastries.

But there is just one problem with this wonderful plan.

Bunny can’t bake.

Her cakes are crummy, her brownies are never gooey and her biscuits are as hard as rocks. Bunny doesn’t know she is a terrible baker, she never notices the pretend smiles on her friend’s faces when they say they like them.

All of a sudden her oven timer Pinged!! making Bunny jump, her scones were ready to come out of the oven.

Bunny wrapped the blackberry scones in brown paper to keep warm and put them into her basket, along with some carrot and raisin sandwiches and hopped along to Sally’s house.

Sat on the end of Sally’s bed, Bunny was putting the blackberry scones on to plates along with some clotted cream and apple jam. Sally took hers from Bunny reluctantly remembering the awful brownies she had brought along last time.

Just then there was a knock at the door, Bunny hopped from the bed to answer it. It was Martha a little grey mouse who had come to visit Sally too.

“You are just in time” said Bunny “We are just about to have some blackberry scones, would you like one? I’ve brought plenty!”

Martha could still taste the soggy, under baked cherry bakewell tart Bunny had made last time, but not wanting to upset her friend took a blackberry scone with a polite smile.

There was silence as Sally and Martha ate their scones, Bunny got one out for herself when she dropped it, as it hit the floor it bounced straight back up again, Bunny, Sally and Martha watched in surprise as it hit the ceiling, flinging itself towards a vase of flowers that fell to floor with a “Crash”.

“Oh no!” cried Bunny, jumping off the bed to clear up the mess. “I am so sorry about your flowers Sally”.

“Don’t worry about it, said Sally, accidents happen, I didn’t know scones could bounce like that”.

“No me either” said Bunny puzzled.

Bunny picked up the scone surprised it was still in one piece and took a bite. Her face screwed up as she tried to chew it, it was hard and rubbery, it tasted nothing like a scone should and the blackberries were sour. Bunny wondered if she had forgotten to put the sugar in.

Bunny saw that Martha’s scone had hardly been touched and she noticed Sally was struggling to swallow her scone and didn’t look to be enjoying it at all.

Bunny remembered how Martha had only eaten half a slice of cherry bakewell tart the week before, telling Bunny that she was too full to eat the rest, or the chocolate brownies the week before that. Sally had come to her burrow for a cup of tea and had refused to take any brownies home with her, explaining she was trying to eat less chocolate, but Bunny had seen her tucking into a bag of chocolate chestnuts the day after.

She wondered if there was something her friends weren’t telling her..........

Well what do you think?

I was torn for a while whether to share or not a little snippet of Bunny’s Bakery as I’ve said before its something thats quite personal and precious to me. It has grown from something I did for fun to maybe want to try to get it out there.

How to do that, I have no idea, I don’t even know if it’s any good, it could be complete rubbish...but hey, thats what you guys are for, to give advice, feedback..to tell me it is in fact complete rubbish and should go and do something else with my time.

Either way at least you get a good bun out of it, and these are good!

Moist and moreish these little buns are packed with carrot and made with plain AND wholemeal flour so you can feel less guilty about giving your little bunnies a sweet treat.

Bunny's Carrot Buns (Adapted from Lorraine Pascale's - A Lighter Way to Bake - Pumkin Spice Cupcakes) 

You will need:
12 hole muffin tin
 Muffin Cases

Ingredients:
75g unsalted butter, softened
100g soft light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
1 satsuma or clementine
100g plain flour
100g wholemeal flour
2tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2tsp ground mixed spice
1/2tsp ground cinnamon
2tsp ground ginger
2tbsp milk

For the buttercream:
55g unsalted butter, softened
250g icing sugar
grated zest of 1 satsuma or clementine
2tbsp orange juice
2tbsp milk
12 fondant carrots to decorate (I got mine from Sainsburys supermarket) 

Method

Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Fan 160C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  1. in a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. 
  2. Mixing in between add the eggs one at a time. 
  3. Add the grated carrots and roughly chop the orange into small chunks, add to the bowl and mix.
  4. Gently fold in the flours, bicarb, baking powder, spices and milk until the mixture is well combined.
  5. Divide the mixture between the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. 
  6. Once baked, leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes before transfering to a wire rack to cool completely. 
To make the buttercream: 
  1. In a bowl beat the sugar and icing sugar together.
  2. Add the orange zest, juice and milk and mix until its light and creamy. (you want the consistency to be like cream cheese)
To decorate add a small dollop of buttercream in the center of each bun along with a fondant carrot to finish.  

So what are you waiting for...grab your little bunnies and get baking!!! 




So called after my love of raspberries and rabbits...but not in the crazy kind of way I don’t actually own a rabbit. To me raspberries and rabbits are so quintessentially British.....
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