I’ve always been a big fan of Miffy the little white rabbit. As a child I’d read her stories and always long for a rabbit of my own, so when I finally persuaded my parents, of course her name had to be Miffy. Even now when I see Miffy themed bits & bobs, I can’t help but pick them up and add them to my collection. You can never be too old, right?!
When I heard Miffy was celebrating her 60th birthday I couldn’t believe it. She’s hardly aged a day! To celebrate 60 wonderful years Miffy has brought to children, she’s teamed up with Bliss, a charity for babies born too soon, too small, or too sick. Together they’re raising funds through charity bake sales and Miffy baking goods, so all ages can try their hand at baking.
With a carrot cake at the ready, which I’ve made gluten free, some very enthusiastic little helpers and some child-friendly instructions sent by Miffy herself, we set to work to make Miffy’s favourite treat; carrot cake.
Gluten Free Carrot Cake
What you’ll need:
250g of self-raising gluten free flour
500g of caster sugar
350ml of vegetable oil
130g of walnuts
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
350g of grated carrots
1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
Before you start
Miffy always asks Aunt Alice to help her make things, as it’s not safe for her to use the oven without someone there to make sure she’s safe. Make sure you bake with a parent to keep an eye on you – they can help you reach all the things up high, as well as handle anything toasty! Miffy likes to wear an apron when she bakes to stop spills and mess getting on her clothes – so that might be a good idea for you too.
First, Miffy starts with carrots. Miffy likes to grow her own carrots, as you probably know from Miffy’s garden! So when they’re fully grown, Miffy goes into the garden and pulls them from the ground. Then she cleans them under the tap to make sure they’re safe to eat, and then grates them on to a board. You can grow your own carrots if you like, but if you don’t have any but want to make carrot cake, then store bought grated carrots will do just as well.
Aunt Alice turns the oven to 180C so that it will be hot enough to cook everything! Make sure that your parents do this as it’s not safe for little girls and boys to use ovens!
Miffy uses margarine on some kitchen roll to coat two large cake tins so that when the cake is baked she’ll be able to get it out without too much kerfuffle.
Once this is done Miffy weighs out the flour, sugar and a pinch of the cinnamon, and then mixes them together with the oil and eggs, and stirs. Once this is all done, she adds in the carrots and
When these are all mixed together, Miffy splits the mixture between the two greased tins. Aunt Alice puts it in the oven with a timer and then takes it out for Miffy 30 minutes later.
Miffy then mixes together the butter, cream cheese and sugar until it is all lovely and smooth. She adds some vanilla extract and the walnuts, and using a butter knife, spreads the mixture on to
both of the cakes and then sandwiches them together.
Miffy asks Aunt Alice to cut a slice of carrot cake and has it with her tea…. Mmmm!
The oven is hot!
The oven is hot and Miffy doesn’t want you to get burnt hands! An adult should always be the one to use the oven.
Wear an apron
When you’re making carrot cake you should use an apron to stop spills and mess getting on to your clothes. You can buy a handy Miffy apron, if this is what you were hoping for.
How you can get involved:
To support Miffy and Bliss, why not get involved with one of the charity bake sales? From February 12-15 Bake for Bliss events will be hosted across the UK. To find your nearest event visit: www.miffybliss.com
If you don’t fancy baking, there are some seriously cute Miffy baking sets and aprons on the website, with donations made to Bliss.
Let me know how you get on if you make the carrot cake with the little ones! I was seriously impressed with how well they both followed the instructions and got stuck in!