185g softened butter with 3/4 cup brown sugar in a mixer until light and fluffy, and until the sugar is dissolved.
Add 5 ml Vanilla Extract or Paste and 2 eggs and mix together.
Grate 2 medium sized purple carrots, you can use normal carrots here if you wish, into the mixture. Sieve in 1 cup self raising flour and 1/2 a teaspoon EACH of cinnamon, mixed spice or ras el hanout, and also 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda and 1 cup of pecans and/or pistachios. Mix together until combined and then pour into a greased cake or loaf tin. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 170c for about 20-25 minutes until the cake is cooked, test with a skewer like they do in the movies lol!
Allow to cool. While the cake is cooling you can whip up this delicious but ridiculously easy icing!
Take 1 small tub ricotta or cream cheese and into it add 2 tablespoons icing mixture, about 2 ml vanilla paste and the juice and zest of one lime. Mix well and then dollop this onto the cake! I cut the cake into portions first and arranged them on a platter before decorating each square with a dollop of the sweetened ricotta and a gorgeous little organic rose bud (available from Mistress of Spice or at your local Indian spice shop)
Enjoy and let me know what you think!