Mangia: Carrot and Sambuca Cake.

Do you remember those moments in 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' where the Dad likes to point out that the Greeks invented everything? Well, when it comes to food, Grandad liked to point out on the daily how the Italians do it best and can make it better. He would shrug in the cutest way and say 'What can I do?' like he didn't make the rules, like it was just simply a fact that nothing quite compares to Italian food.

We can't say we disagree with him, but then again we may be slightly biased too.

While we are aware that the Italians didn't quite invent everything that is delicious, what we like to do is put an Italian twist on most things we bake and therefore rendering it Italian. In most cases it involves alcohol.

Take this simple carrot cake recipe that we got from a friends Mom. We've tweaked it a bit over the years (hers included a few more ingredients and no alcohol)...we've thrown in Sambuca and what do you is Italian and it is bellissima.

Sambuca Carrot Cake. 

Makes two loaves.


3 cups of self raising flour
1 1/2 cups of golden sugar
1/2 cup of dark brown sugar
2 tsp of baking soda
2 cups of grated carrots
1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil
3 eggs beaten
1 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of Sambuca (Ok, so it was probably a few splashes more than 1/2 a cup.)

What to do:

Mix all of your dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl until combined.

Add your wet ingredients and mix well.

Pour the batter in to your two loaf tins.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 175 degrees for 50 mins with tin foil covering the top. After 50 mins, take off the tin foil and allow the cake to bake until golden.

We love making cream cheese frosting for carrot cake and spreading a thin layer on top, however our Mum had custard and we fancied changing it up a bit. Why not try a slice with warm custard yourself, e buona.

Buon Appetio!



  1. Not a massive fan of sambuca, but I know my Mum would adore this as she's likes the drink! Will have to pass this along to her and see if she'll try it out :) Tania Michele xx

  2. Aww we hope she likes it Tania. It gives the cake a subtle liquorice taste which is really yummy! :) xx