John Malkovich’s Granny’s Carrot Cake

John Malkovich’s Granny’s Carrot Cake


You know one of those days that is so annoying or frustrating that doing something positive – like yoga or a walk or moaning to a friend – just doesn’t cut it. The sort of day where you’ve spent an hour on the phone questioning your eye-watering utility bill only to find out that you’ve been on a ridiculously high electricity tariff for the last year (I am talking to you Scottish Power). Or you dashed out for a sandwich and the Amazon delivery guy chose that 3-minute window to arrive. Or your boiler has gone phut.

On days like this, the only thing that will guarantee a brief injection of joy is…


So, on such days, I kiss goodbye to my  Mac and head off to the cake counter at Delizique, one of my favourite Cakeries in Glasgow, where I pass a good 10 minutes staring at cakes, sometimes dribbling, trying to make a choice.

Woman in striped top eating cake
Me eating John Malkovich’s Granny’s Carrot Cake

Now, in my expert opinion (and believe me, I know my cakes), Frosted Courgette & Lemon Cake or Chilli Polenta Cake with Orange Zest are all very well but you can’t beat a generous slice of Victoria Sponge and a nice cup of tea. It’s just so lovely and predictable and smacks of The Famous Five, The 70s, Mr Kipling.

Occasionally, however, something else does tickle my fancy, like John Malkovich’s Granny’s Carrot Cake (apparently… so the legend goes…while being interviewed, John – as I like to think of him – rustled up his granny’s carrot cake, and gave the recipe to the journalist, who passed it on to her friend, who is Delizique’s chief baker).

John’s granny’s cake

Could you resist? Not just the cake, but the intoxicating sprinkle of celebrity stardust (not sprinkled on the actual cake – obvs).

During the five minutes, it took me to guzzle it, it was like being John’s friend, or his granny’s friend, or a  friend of a friend of the journalist.

The cake? It was lovely and moist and packed with calories – and I felt instantly better.


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  1. 12 April 2018 / 8:51 am

    Ha! The magic of cake! Even I love to eat a cake (or chocolates) on a crappy day. That carrot cake looks delicious though 😉

    • Jill
      12 April 2018 / 9:43 am

      Cheers Carmen. It’s such a treat. It’s been funny looking back at my first blog post ever!

  2. 12 April 2018 / 8:57 am

    Now there’s a cake I wouldn’t mind digging into. And look at the expression on your face. Priceless!

    • Jill
      12 April 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thanks ! I always smile when I am tucking in to a cake. X

  3. 12 April 2018 / 9:10 am

    The cake sounds delicious. In fact all of them sound good!

    • Jill
      12 April 2018 / 9:44 am

      I am so addicted to cakes. I try and limit to twice a week!! Thanks for popping on x

  4. 12 April 2018 / 2:17 pm

    Any cake that’s moist & packed with calories will go down well with me. I agree. There is so much happiness that can be found in a piece of cake. Also agree, that whilst fancy cakes are nice too, you can’t beat a nice traditional Victoria sponge or lemon cake. Now I’m hungry, Jill!

    • Jill
      12 April 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Oh I just love a cup of tea and a bit of Vic Sponge. Canny whack it!! x

  5. 12 April 2018 / 2:27 pm

    I have the image of John Malkovich sprinkled all over the cake now.

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