I don’t know if all daughters feel this way, but my dad is not an easy person to buy for. Given that he tends to buy everything he needs and stuff that he knows he wants, I now have to buy him things that he doesn’t yet know he would like. Not an easy task. His usual response to the question, “What do you want for your birthday” is along the lines of, “sheep dip” or something equally as ridiculous.
As a result, I have now taken to buying him toys for for birthdays, Father’s days and Christmas (with the usual socks and jocks that tend to be customary presents for a daughter to give). As long as I get him something that can go straight to the pool room, I am usually right.
However, my man-child father is now actually running out of room in his man cave (yep, he has a legitimate man cave) to put all of his toys. I kid you not. So this year for his birthday I have had to be super creative. And so what do you get a man who has too many toys on his shelves? A Hobbit sword from “The Lord of the Rings” to put on the wall of course.
To say that he likes it would be an understatement. I don’t think I have ever bought him a present that he has loved quite as much. He was actually polishing it when I walked into the man cave this morning.
To top it off, I baked him a carrot and walnut cake, which is his (and admittedly my) absolute favourite cake.
I would say that I am winning at being a daughter today.
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil (or Coconut Oil)
- 4 Large Eggs
- Pinch Himalayan Pink Sea Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Bicarb Soda
- 2 cups Wholemeal Self Raising Flour
- 2 cups finely grated Carrot (around 4 large carrots)
- 1/2 cup Walnuts, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Nutmeg
- 300g Icing sugar
- 125g Cream Cheese, cold
- 50g Unsalted Butter, room temp
- Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
- Beat sugar and oil until thick, then add 1 egg at a time and keep beating for a few more minutes.
- Add salt, bicarb soda, carrots, flour, walnuts and spices.
- Mix with wooden spoon until all combined.
- Put batter in well greased loaf pan or tin and bake for 35-45 minutes (cake) or 15-20 minutes (cupcakes), or until light golden and cake springs back when touched in the middle. Baking time might vary depending on your personal oven.
- Beat the icing sugar and butter together with an electric mixer until well mixed.
- Add the cream cheese in one go and beat until it is completely incorporated.
- Turn the mixer up to medium high. Continue beating until the frosting is light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes. Do not overbeat, as it can quickly become runny.
- Optional: Top with crushed walnuts or fresh passionfruit