Last Thursday was my darling husband Brian’s 50th birthday !

Amanda Fowler Stampin' Up! Briana - 1

Since we leave for Madeira today for a week, Brian had decided that he wanted his birthday to be a low key affair, so a day off, a walk on the beach, a family dinner and a movie was the order of the day.


I of course had made him a card, and I have to say a HUGE thank you to the lovely Hilary who designed this card originally and shared it with us at a recent Stampin’ Up! training day.  I made the card as she designed it and then add the sparkly 50 !


Amanda Fowler Stampin' Up! Brian - 1 copy

Now there always has to be cake for birthdays, but the birthday boy had requested Key Lime Pie, so we had that for dessert.  I use a Nigella recipe, that doesn’t have Key Limes in it…….. (tricky to get in Hampshire, UK) it’s a crushed digestive biscuit base and the topping is 4 Limes, zest and juice, 300ml double cream and a 397g tin of condensed milk, whip until thick ! You then just pour it over the biscuit base and refrigerate until set.  It’s yummy.


So I still needed a cake idea, and whilst I was shopping a few weeks ago I found the cutest white chocolate carrots, so that was the cake decided.  Then I had to find a good recipe, the kids don’t really like nuts in cake, so it needed to be ‘nut free’ Carrot Cake. Going through my piles of cookery books I found this one from Lorraine Pascale. I have found it on the web, you need to scroll down the article to read it.  I did what she suggested and reduced the amounts by a 1/3rd to make a 2 tier cake.

Big Fat Carrot Cake

I also increased the icing quantities by 1/2 because we like icing !!!!!  It was and still is really moist, lovely flavour, in fact one of my favourite cakes ever.


Amanda Fowler Stampin' Up! Brian1 - 1 (1) Amanda Fowler Stampin' Up! Brian1 - 1


Do let me know if you give the recipes a try !

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