Pochacco Carrot Patch Cake

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February 29th marks Pochacco’s birthday, so it’s time to join this fun-loving pup and his pals at the carrot patch for a delicious celebration! Choppy, Guri, Piyo & Mogumogu are hard at work harvesting the carrots that go into this spicy-sweet cake. Inspired by Pochacco’s love of nature, cookie crumb dirt, grassy matcha frosting and marzipan carrots make this cake delightfully farm fresh! Enjoy a slice and you’ll understand why carrots are Pochacco’s favorite vegetable!

Bonnie Eng is a content creator & recipe developer based out of Southern California. She has a passion for cooking, baking, crafting and all things tea. To see more of her work, please visit her Instagram or blog.


Pochacco Carrot Patch Cake (Makes 1 cake.)

Ingredients:

{Cake}

1 ¼ cup vegetable oil

¾ brown sugar

¾ white sugar

4 eggs

½ cup applesauce

2 tsp vanilla

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 ½ tsp baking soda

1 Tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

3 cups carrot, grated

{Frosting}

1 lb. cream cheese, at room temperature

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

8 cups powdered sugar, sifted

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

1 Tbsp matcha, sifted

½ cup cocoa powder, sifted

{Decoration}

1 cup speculoos cookie crumbs

¼ cup each red, white, gray, tan, yellow, & brown dipping chocolate, melted

½ cup frosting, tinted black

1 graham cracker

½ cup orange dipping chocolate, melted

2- 7 oz. tubes of marzipan, tinted orange

½ cup green dipping chocolate, melted

¼ cup mini chocolate candies

¼ cup regular-sized chocolate candies (optional, for larger carrots)

1 tsp cocoa powder

Tools:

2-8” round cake pans, greased

toothpicks

cooling rack

stand or hand mixer

plastic wrap

8” cake round

piping bag, fitted with #233 grass tip

your favorite Pochacco image, printed 6” tall

your favorite Choppy (tan mouse) image, printed 3” tall

your favorite Guri (grey bunny) image, printed 4” tall

your favorite Piyo (yellow chick) image, printed 2” tall

your favorite Mogumogu (brown mole) image, printed 2” tall

lollipop sticks

parchment paper 

piping bag, fitted with #3 tip

popsicle sticks

paring knife, greased


{Pennant Banner-optional}

1 sheet orange craft paper

1 sheet blue craft paper

12” kitchen twine

2 wooden chopsticks 

scissors

tape 


Directions;

1. Make the Carrot Cake. Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat the oil, sugars, eggs, applesauce, & vanilla together. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, & salt together. Use a rubber spatula to gently mix the wet ingredients into the dry, then fold in the carrots. Pour the batter evenly between the 2 cake pans, then bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick just comes out clean. After the cakes have cooled a bit, flip them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

2. Make the Frosting. In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream the cream cheese and butter together. Gradually add the powdered sugar and then the vanilla and salt until the frosting is evenly mixed. Scoop out ⅓ of the frosting into another bowl, then mix in the matcha. Mix the cocoa powder into the remaining ⅔ of the frosting. Cover the frostings with plastic wrap and set aside. 

3. Frost the Cake. Place one of the cakes on a cake round, then frost it with the cocoa cream cheese frosting into a double layer cake. Coat the sides of the cake with cookie crumbs. Spoon the matcha icing into a piping bag fitted with a #233 grass tip. Pipe grass onto the top surface of the cake. Place the cake into the fridge to chill.

4. Make the Characters. Place a sheet of parchment paper over the printouts of Pochacco and his friends. Use colored melted chocolate to “draw” the form of the characters. Allow to set. 

5. Make the Sign, Outline & Draw. To create the sign, dip a graham cracker into orange melted chocolate, then place on parchment paper and allow to set. Spoon the black frosting into the piping bag fitted with a #3 tip. Use the frosting to outline the character’s silhouettes and to draw their features. Outline and write “Carrot Patch” on the sign.

6. Make Character “Lollipops.” Using a dab of melted chocolate, attach a popsicle stick to the back of each character and the sign. These will be inserted down into the cake so that the characters & sign can stand upright. To “perch” Piyo atop the sign, the Piyo popsicle stick can be attached to the back of the sign using a dab of melted chocolate. 


7. Make the Carrots. To create carrot leaves, place a dab of green melted chocolate on a sheet of parchment paper. Stick 5 mini chocolate candies on the dab of chocolate, then allow to set. After it has set, dip the cluster of chocolate candies into green melted chocolate, then shake off any excess and allow to set. To create a carrot, shape 1 tsp of the marzipan into a teardrop-like shape. For a “freshly picked”  look, use a greased knife dipped into cocoa powder to impress lines onto the surface of the carrot. Attach the stem to the carrot using a dab of green melted chocolate. For larger carrots, use this same technique with regular-sized chocolate candies and more marzipan. 

8. Create a Banner (Optional). Fold each of the craft paper sheets in half. At the folded seam, cut little triangles out. Alternating the colors, use tape to wrap the cut outs around and along a string of kitchen twine. Tie each of the loose ends of twine to a chopstick, then cut off any excess twine. 

9. Decorate the Cake. Insert the character “lollipops” down into the cake. Place the carrots atop the cake and around the characters. The carrots can also be attached against the sides of the cake using any leftover frosting. If using, insert the chopstick banner into the cake for a festive look. Enjoy!

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