POLDER Collection April 10 2017

Polder is a Parisian brand created by two sister of Dutch origin, who in 2007 also added a childrenswear line to their collection. Previously know as April Showers, Polder Girl is just as clean and sophisticated as as the adult line, with great focus being placed on craftsmanship, rich colours and unusual prints and materials.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Polder Collection, in store and online here.


AIGLE Boots April 05 2017

Aigle revolutionized the world of footwear by using rubber as its core material for boot manufacturing. Aigle continues to foster a unique expertise, protecting mankind from the elements and conbining authenticity, style and practicality.

The Aigle Lolly Pop Kid's Rain Boots in Fern are made from sturdy rubber with a non-slip sole, these boots feature a breathable textile inner, embossed logo on the shaft and contrast stripes to the top.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Aigle Collection, in store and online here.


Lennebelle Petites is a jewellery collection from The Netherlands that celebrates the love and special connection between a mother and her children. All the pieces are made with certified sterling silver and gold, genuine semi-precious stones.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Lennebelle Petites Collection, in store and online here.


BINGE KNITTING March 31 2017


Binge Knitting is a handmade accessories label committed to empowering women through artisanal craft and spreading the Slow Fashion movement. They employ women from low-iconcome communities in Mexico to create bags and accessories by hand with high-quality yarn made from textile waste from the garment industry. Their collections are designed around current trends, but always with the aim of transcending seasons.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Binge Knitting Collection, in store and online here.




Salt Water Sandals invite you to wade into the ocean and see how they dry quickly and spring back into shape, ready for your next adventure. The sole is moulded from urethane and finished with a leather insole providing firm support. The Salt Water's unique double adhesion process ensures the leather straps never detach from the sole of the sandal.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Salt Water Sandals Collection, in store and online here.


MORLEY Spring 2017 Collection March 27 2017

Morley is a Belgian children's brand with an avant garde style. Exquisite details and luxury fabrics meet stone washed looks and sports influences to create timeless and playful collections. 

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Morley Collection, in store and online here.

MINI RODINI Spring 2017 Collection March 25 2017

Mini Rodini is a Swedish organic children’s wear brand with a vision to making products for kids with a priority to design as well as environmental and ethical aspects to their production  The brand is a tribute to all children, their imagination and sense that everything is possible. The Mini Rodini collections take children seriously with a playfulness that matches your child's own personality and mood.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Mini Rodini, in store and online here.




FINGER IN THE NOSE Spring 2017 Collection March 24 2017

Finger in the Nose is a French company specializing in timeless, long lasting designs of everyday pieces. Finger in the Nose has reinvented the classics and essential pieces for your child's wardrobe with a bold attitude.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Finger in the Nose Spring Collection, in store and online here.



Materials + Process is a design studio based out of San Francisco founded by industrial designer Christine Marcelino.  Finding inspiration and grace in creating elegant and simple designs.

The Material + Process Tahlia clutch in natural is a vegetable tanned leather purse.  Designed with a silk wrapped natural horsehair tassle and brass hardware. 

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Materials + Process, in store and online here.

MAISON MANGOSTAN Collection March 22 2017

Maison Mangostan is a Spanish footwear brand for kids born from the initial idea of creating a kidswear label with a sense of endless possibility, influenced by art, music and a rich ethnical heritage.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Maison Mangostan, in store and online here.

PETIT BATEAU Collection March 20 2017

Petit Bateau is one of France's most iconic children's clothing brand. Petit Bateau has grown beyond its tradition of knickers and underwear by creating a playful, joyful universe which speaks to all generations from 0-924 months. 

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Petit Bateau, in store and online here.

PIROUETTE BLOG featuring Advice from a Caterpillar March 17 2017

Pirouette Advice from a Caterpillar Toronto

Piroutte Blog celebrates the wonderful world of children. Click HERE to see their feature on Advice from a Caterpillar. 


BOBO CHOSES Vintage Bathing Costume Wavy March 15 2017

Bobo Choses Vintage Bathing Costume in Wavy print is a cute one piece swimsuit with a high neckline, crossover adjustable straps and UV Protection Factor.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Bobo Choses Spring 2017 Collection, in store and online here.

THE GOODS Best Decor For Kids Features Advice From A Caterpillar March 15 2017


The CBC show THE GOODS features - Advice From A Caterpillar's cool, wall-mounted change table fits invisibly on a wall and is discrete, making it ideal for small spaces. Constructed out of sheet metal, this versatile product can hold up to 110 pounds, meaning you can even move it down and use it as a desk!

Watch the full episode on the CBC here

AKID Spring Collection March 08 2017


AKID is a Los Angeles based company with a carefully crafted children collection of shoes that focus on style, comfort and wearability.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our AKKID Collection, in store and online here.

BACABUCHE Spring Collection March 06 2017

Bacabuche embodies contemporary trends in a modern baby's wardrobe using a mix of natural and organic textiles for the baby's comfort and well-being. A collection designed to create an easy dressing experience for mom and baby. Simple. Modern. Playful.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Bacabuche Spring 2017 Collection, in store and online here.



MOUMOUT Spring Collection March 03 2017

Moutmout is a French homewear brand for children going from 0 to 6 years old with multifunctionnal products and 100% very soft cotton. Moumout is a happy family that loves their children and yours.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Moumout Collection, in store and online here.


MAKIÉ Spring Collection March 01 2017

Makié is a brand from New York that is inspired by the Japanese roots of the designer, Makié Yahagi. Makié designs are minimalist and delicate, made with exquisite fabrics that meet the need for elegance and practicality.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of Makie 2017 Spring Collection, in store and online here.

1 + IN THE FAMILY Spring 2017 Collection February 27 2017

1+ in the Family is a Spanish clothing brand with simple beautiful cuts and comfortable fabrics. A minimalist design with pieces that are driven by practicality and comfortability. 

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of 1+ in the Family 2017 Spring Collection, in store and online here.

7115 by SZEKI Spring Collection February 24 2017

7115 SZEKI is inspired by the fluid and fast-paced nature of New York City, designer Szeki Chan focuses her spring collection on the idea of movement.Playing with different textures, clean lines and innovative proportions, this season showcases the many ways clothes can move with you throughout the day. In experimenting with shapes and textures, Szeki aims to ignite all senses and encourage you to explore the notion that movement is everywhere in life.

This season sees soft, breathable fabrics – linen, cotton and rayon – in muted, neutral tones that create versatile pieces which can be effortlessly blended into your existing wardrobe, and worn all summer long.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of 7115 SZEKI, in store and online here.


BONTON Spring Collection x PRIMAVERA SOUND February 22 2017

Spring is on its way. Early mornings and late afternoons will soon be filled with songs. Buds, flowers, and sweet smells will soon fill the air. Fresh rain and misty mornings will soon greet you. 

Bonton is a French line dedicated to children, where basics go hand in hand with a timeless spirit, spiced with colours and fun-filled ideas.

This season, Bonton is inspired by the beautiful colours and sounds of spring. Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of Bonton's 2017 Spring Collection, in store and online here.  

LOOPY MANGO February 15 2017

Loopy Mango is a Knitwear company based out of New York. The soft and warm yarn used is called Big Loop. It is a 2-inch thick yarn hand crafted by local artisans and made with 100% merino wool from Key Largo, Florida. Every ball of yarn is hand crafted by local artisans. It is the most beautiful yarn in the world.

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Loopy Mango, in store and online here.


SONS + DAUGHTERS Glasses February 13 2017


Sons + Daughters Eyewear has become synonymous with classic style, forward-thinking design and premium quality children’s eyewear. They utilize the finest hand-made materials and highest grade lenses to provide crystal clear, 100% UV protection sunglasses for kids. 

The brand is inspired by the unbridled spirit, passion and unlimited potential of our youngest and finest minds.  

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of our Sons + Daughters Eyewear, in store and online here. -0-0-  

STELLA MCCARTNEY Spring Collection February 02 2017

Stella McCartney's Spring Collection is bursting with bold new prints and rainbow shades, the new collection awakens the adventurer in all of us!

Visit us at Advice from a Caterpillar in Toronto to see our selection of Stella Mc Cartney's 2017 Spring Collection, in store and online here.

Stella McCartney Spring 2017 Collection February 02 2017

"Youth is the spirit of adventure and awakening. It is a time of physical emerging when the body attains the vigor and good health that may ignore the caution of temperance. Youth is a period of timelessness when the horizons of age seem too distant to be noticed." -  Ezra Taft Benson

Simple Bath Time Ritual January 26 2017

Sometimes the beauty routine can feel very overwhelming; innumerable marketing campaigns clamouring for our attention from every billboard, magazine and online ad. It can all get a bit much. Surely there is a simple way to stay happy, healthy and radiant? Now we can't minimise the value of a good sleep routine, regular, fun exercise and plenty of veggies in our diets, but in the realm of beauty we have a couple of humble suggestions. Today we want to share with you some of our favourite pieces that help to simplify the bath time routine, not make it more complicated than it has to be.

At the moment we're loving the charcoal infused line from Morihata. Made in Japan, the special ingredient in these products is the binchotan charcoal, created by quickly cooling oak branches after they have burned for several days. This unique process creates one of the highest quality charcoals for absorbing and removing toxins from water, the air and even the skin.

1. WASH // Binchotan Facial Puff

The amazing thing about this facial puff is how easy it is to use: simply wet the puff with warm water and lightly massage into the skin. You can use this with whatever facial soap or cleanser you have at home, but if you want to keep things even more simple you can use it on its own and it is just as effective. It is even perfectly gently on sensitive skin. The puff is a sponge made from the Konjac root that is infused with the micro-fine binchotan charcoal powder, so it has all the antibacterial, toxic-removing qualities you need in a good facial routine. 

2. BRUSH // Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush in Black or White

This simple little toothbrush is actually a powerful oral hygiene tool; the binchotan charcoal infused into the bristles helps to fight bad breath and prevent plaque - and even helps the bristles clean themselves when you're finished brushing! We love the extra layer of cleaning power this brush gives us without having to add an extra brush/rinse/gargle element to the process. Simple, sleek and clean this little brush is a big hit at home with the Advice team!

3. DRY // Kontex Nuno Bath Towel

This towel is deceptive. Light and fine, it looks like it won't do what a towel does best - absorb water - but it absolutely does. Quick drying, and taking up half the storage space of the average North American towel, this handwoven Japanese towel is a beautiful addition to any bath time. It feels so plush against the skin and is an absolute joy to use. And if you need a light extra layer one day, you can wear it out as a scarf too!

Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend - Kathrine Switzer January 24 2017

“I knew if I quit, nobody would ever believe that women had the capability to run 26-plus miles. If I quit, everybody would say it was a publicity stunt. If I quit, it would set women’s sports back, way back, instead of forward.”

- Kathrine Switzer

 The Bobo Choses Sweatshirt B.C. Team Blue

Katherine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, in 1967, in an age where marathons were reserved purely for men because women were supposedly ‘too fragile’. Switzer began the race with only a desire to run her first marathon, but as she ran she knew it had become more significant. After being physically assaulted by a race official and hounded by the press, the race became a way to prove that women were capable and deserving of the right to run. She didn’t quit. Five years later the rules were changed and women were freely allowed to compete.

Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend - John McEnroe January 23 2017

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what's best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you're banging your head against a brick wall all the time.”

- John McEnroe

 John McEnroe is often considered to be one of the best tennis players of all time. Across the course of his career he has won seven Grand Slam singles titles as well as 77 overall singles tour titles, and in 1984 he played 85 tennis matches and only lost three, which is a record that still hasn’t been broken today. He was a very passionate player (some would say a little too passionate!) but was committed to playing the best tennis he could, developing superb volleys and the ability to anticipate what his opponent would do next. Even now, at the age of 57, he hasn’t given up playing the game, and continues to compete for senior titles all around the world.


Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend - Dick Fosbury January 22 2017

“When you reach that elite level, 90% is mental and 10% is physical. You are competing against yourself, not the other athlete.”

- Dick Fosbury

Dick Fosbury was a high jumping champion who not only won a gold medal at the 1968 Olympics, but also revolutionised the high jump event. Previously, the traditional technique was to jump over the bar facing down – but Fosbury helped to pioneer a more streamlined approach, jumping over the bar backwards. Even though he came up against ridicule and scepticism, sometimes even from his coach, his results revealed that it was worth it all. Because he persevered he is now considered one of the most significant track and field athletes of all time.

Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend - 1988 Jamaica Bobsled Team January 21 2017

“We're walking down the stretch feeling rather dejected and one guy reached over and shook my hand. So I shook his hand and after that I had to shake every other hand. Everybody wanted to shake my hand. People started to wave, and cheer, and say 'we love you'. It made us feel a little better.” 

- Devon Harris, team captain

The Bobo Choses Baby Jamaica T-shirt

The 1988 bobsled team were the first from Jamaica to ever compete in the sport, and as a tropical nation competing in a winter sport they were considered significant underdogs. None of them had trained to be athletes, but were recruited from places like the Jamaican army. Using equipment borrowed from other countries, and persevering through injury, the team proudly competed but unfortunately failed to finish when their bobsled crashed. Things don’t always work out first time, but this team showed that sometimes that’s what being a pioneer is all about. Just six years later, at the 1994 Winter Olympics, the team stunned critics by placing 14th above experienced champions; the USA, Russia and France.


Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend - Gino Bartali January 20 2017

“Good is something you do, not something you talk about. Some medals are pinned to you soul, not your jacket.” 

- Gino Bartali


The Bobo Choses Knit Cardigan 'The Cyclist'

Gino Bartali was a champion road cyclist before the Second World War, who had won the Tour de France in 1938 and the Giro d’Italia – twice. But he never let the fame go to his head. In fact, he used it to help Italian Jews who were being persecuted by the Nazis. Pretending that he was simply on a training exercise, he would smuggle documents in his tyres past the German army and find out important information about raids on Jewish safe houses. Even when he was questioned and was in danger for his life, Bartali kept going, saying “I do what I feel in my heart”.

Behind the Scenes of Bobo Choses: A Legend January 19 2017

Here at Advice, we're loving the new Bobo Choses SS17 collection, not just because it looks and feels amazing, but because behind the designs are stories of some incredibly inspirational people. We love that Bobo Choses has been telling their stories, and we wanted to give you more of a peak into the heroes behind the 'A Legend' collection. Not many of us will win gold medals at the Olympics, but what all these people have in common is a determination to push themselves and not give up, even in the face of great challenge and adversity. Whatever you and your kids are facing in your life right now, we hope these stories challenge and encourage you to keep fighting - and play along the way. Because sometimes you win and sometimes you learn!
Stay tuned on the blog to see a new story every day this week!

BOBO CHOSES - A LEGEND - SPRING 2017 January 19 2017

A LEGEND. Spring Summer 2017 collection by Bobo Choses from BOBO CHOSES on Vimeo.

Bobo Choses: A Legend January 18 2017

"In the huge sky of sports there are big stars, strong stars, fast stars, so dazzled by their light they can't see each other. But among the many stars there are a few that shine with a modest, special light of their own; caring stars, brave stars, frightened stars, and tenacious stars. It is time they become legends..."

The Bobo Choses SS17 collection is inspired by sporting legends who weren't afraid to be different, challenge themselves and overcome their limitations. Famous champions and quiet fighters alike are recognised as brave icons in this collection, encouraging the children who wear these clothes to never give up playing and learning.

To shop the full collection, click here

Advice from a Caterpillar - Gone Surfing! January 17 2017

Who's For Hibernating? December 24 2016

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers? Restless Kids? Sorted! December 22 2016

"I'd say I'm about one cookie away from being happy..."
- Snoopy

Christmas is just days away, and if you're still in need of some extra little pieces for stockings then we have plenty of options for you in the shop. And if you're in the camp of organised people who have finished their shopping, maybe your challenge of the moment is how to keep the kids busy while they're at home for the holidays... Look no further, we have a fun baking idea that kids - and kids at heart - will love.
This recipe is really simple to make, and perfect to help keep little helpers entertained with a fun festive activity in the lead up to Christmas. These cookies can hang on the Christmas tree for a cute (and edible) ornament, or you could even make a festive cookie garland to hang in the house for a party! You can always make them without the holes for hanging and enjoy them as simple cookies too. They've been going down a storm in our shop - drop by and we may have one for you too!
2/3 cup butter (at room temperature) 
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk
2 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 cup chocolate chips 
Extra Equipment
A toothpick
A sewing needle
Sewing thread or fine ribbon
1. Preheat your oven to 160˚C/320˚F.
2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg yolk, honey and milk and stir until fully combined.
4. Sift in all the dry ingredients thoroughly until the dough form when you press it together. If the mixture feels too dry, gradually add some extra drops of milk to help it combine.
5. Knead very lightly, then, using half of the dough at a time, roll out onto a floured surface to a thickness of 3mm / 1/8inch. Now, cut out your cookie shapes, and make a hole in each one for the thread using a toothpick. The hole will shrink as the cookie expands a little in the oven, so make the hole a little bigger than you would expect.
6. Place cookies onto a baking sheet and bake in batches for 10 minutes, checking progress and turning the baking sheet halfway through to ensure even cooking. 
7. Cool the cookies completely on a rack, then melt your chocolate. You can either give it a quick zap in the microwave, or in a heatproof bowl over some boiling water. 
8. Now you have a few options of how to add the chocolate: dip, spread or freestyle! To dip the cookies, hold them carefully on the narrow sides, dip them in the chocolate and wipe the excess off onto the side of the bowl. To spread, use a teaspoon or the back of a knife to cover the reverse side, using a small bit of melted chocolate at a time. To freestyle... see where the creative flow takes you; add eyes, clothes, letters, patterns, whatever you (or the kids) like! 
9. Leave the chocolate to set (you can speed this along by using the fridge or freezer, but you want to make sure the chocolate isn't rock hard for the next stage).
10. The final stage is to add some thread so your cookies are ready to hang! First, give your sewing needle a quick wash, then thread it up directly to the spool and use  it to guide the thread through the holes you created earlier.* Once the needle is through, trim the thread to the right length and tie a knot. (If your holes are really big then you may be able to manage simply pushing your ribbon or thread through with your fingers.) 
11. Continue until all the cookies are threaded, and get ready to decorate the house - if they haven't all been eaten yet!
* The needle should pierce the chocolate layer quite easily, but if not, try using the point of a sharp knife to make the first hole.


White Christmas December 22 2016

Astier De Villatte

Happy Holidays From Advice To You! December 21 2016

Have Yourself A Bonpoint Christmas! December 19 2016

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Where Will You Escape To? December 19 2016

"Is this not the true romantic feeling; not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you."
- Thomas Wolfe


Imagination Is Just The Beginning... December 16 2016

"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
- Albert Einstein 

It is more blessed to give than to receive December 15 2016


Image from Italian Decorator Alessandra Branca.

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

The holidays symbolically represent the season of giving. The good news is that a new study suggests that social support to others may even benefit the giver more then the receiver.

According to the study from the journal of Psychosomatic Medicine, participants were divided into two groups, one group was asked to give and the other to receive. Both self-reported receiving and giving social support were associated with reduced vulnerability for negative psychological outcomes.

However, when the researchers conducted a series of MRI neuroimaging tests to explore the neural mechanisms of how specific brain areas were affected by giving versus receiving social support, they found that giving ultimately had greater brain benefits than receiving.

The power of giving reduces stress and activates the reward related part of your brain and the zone that gives you pleasure.

So when you are running around this holiday season and life seems to get a little overwhelming, know that you can always recharge with a little giving to the loved ones around you. It will be our little secret that you are getting the better part of that exchange.  

Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine http://bit.ly/2gDBRN9

Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. December 14 2016

Discover our Omy Colouring Collectionn here.  

The Experience Of Drawing December 12 2016

"Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality." - Edgar Degas

1.  Paper Works Sketchpad $18  2.  Chalkables $8.50  3. Omy Giant Colouring Poster $18  4. Watercolour Pencil Set $21  5. Macaron Erasers $8.5  6. Watercolour Paints $12 



Presenting Mr Bear... And How to Make Him! December 08 2016

"Nearly eleven o'clock," said Pooh happily. "You're just in time for a little smackerel of something."
- Wise words from our favourite hungry bear, Winnie the Pooh
A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake


Baking is one of those things that can be very nostalgic, especially at this time of year. Who doesn’t have a memory of those seasonal smells wafting from the kitchen, delightful promises of mom’s famous cookies or grandma’s Christmas pudding. Baking is best when it’s made with loved ones and shared, and if they’re thousands of miles away (as my family are) then it brings me a little piece of home when I can’t be with them.

Not to mention that now the days are shorter and colder and wetter (is the snow ever coming?!!), the thought of spending an evening inside with my warm oven creating something delicious is very tempting indeed. And if the finished product is adorably cute too? Sign me up!

This season we have some fun baking moulds and cutters in the shop, and I have the privilege of showing off our adorable teddy bear to you! Below you can find my family’s recipe for carrot cake (the one and only recipe worth baking, trust me – not that I’m biased at all…) but Mr Bear doesn’t always have to be a cake. Why not mix some goodies like chocolate chips, candied ginger and almond pieces into some softened vanilla ice cream, then pour it all into Mr Bear lined with some plastic wrap? Freeze, turn out and voila! Ice cream cake! Or how about Mr Bear Jell-o? He’s a very versatile young sir.

If that doesn’t persuade you, well – just look at that face. How can you resist? You can find Mr Bear online (here) or in our bricks and mortar shop in Rosedale, Toronto. 

We'd love to see what you're baking this holiday season, especially if you have a go at our favourite little bear! Share your creations on Instagram @advicefromacaterpillar_
A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake
2 cups flour (I used whole wheat) + some for dusting the tin
2 cups sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 ½ tsp baking soda
4 eggs
1 ½ cups vegetable oil
3 cups grated carrot (approx. 4 small/medium carrots)
Optional: 1 cup walnuts/pecans/sultanas 
Cream Cheese Frosting
½ cup cream cheese, cold
¼ stick of butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla


1. Preheat your oven to 180˚C/360˚F.

2. Grease and flour your tin. This is REALLY IMPORTANT because Mr Bear is an unusual shape with lots of nooks and crannies. Use a pastry brush or piece of kitchen paper to cover every inch of the tin with oil, then put a small spoonful of flour into a sieve and dust the whole tin with a thin layer of flour.

3. Sift the flour into a large bowl and add all the dry ingredients. Give it a good mix.

4. Beat together the eggs and oil in a separate bowl until well combined, then stir into the dry mixture.

5. Add the grated carrot (and nuts/fruit if you’re using) and mix well.

6. Pour a shallow layer of cake batter into Mr Bear and give the tin a gentle tap against your countertop. This helps prevent any air bubbles from ruining his cute face! Then continue to pour the mixture into the tin, leaving at least ½ inch clearance at the top to make sure the mixture doesn’t spill out when cooking.*

7. Bake for 40 minutes – 1 hour, until the cake is springy to the touch and a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.* Leave to cool completely.

8. While the cake is cooling, prepare your cream cheese frosting. Whip the cream cheese with a hand mixer (or good old elbow grease!) until it is smooth, then gradually add the butter until you have a smooth, light mixture. Whip as much as possible at this point – not when the sugar is added.

9. When you add the sugar and vanilla you want to stir the mixture as little as possible, or your frosting will go very runny. Sift all the sugar into the bowl with the vanilla, and use a metal spoon to gently fold it all together.

10. Pop your frosting into the fridge until your cake is ready to decorate.

11. When the cake is completely cool (no shortcuts here - it needs to be cold), run a plastic spatula around the edges, gently easing the cake away from the sides of the tin. Then flip it over onto a plate or chopping board and give the tin some firm taps until Mr Bear emerges. Be patient, and don’t rush! It may take a few goes.***

12. Now let your creativity run wild and give your bear some personality! Use the frosting to add features and clothing, and add the final touches with chocolate drops or some dried fruit.  


*It’s always wise to put a baking tray underneath the tin while it’s in the oven – just in case!

**Check the cake before the end of cooking time – you may need to reduce the temperature slightly if it is cooking too fast on the outside.

***If you’re still having trouble removing your cake from the tin after a few rounds of spatula and tapping, try this technique here (and don’t panic!)

A Family Recipe - Carrot Cake

Drive December 05 2016

"You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious."
- Caractacus Potts, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang