Carrot Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

28 Nov

My mom absolutely adores these cupcakes. They are the perfect balance because the carrot cupcake is quite wholesome and not too sweet so the icing on top just compliments it to perfection. It is also an extremely moist cupcake and straight forward to throw together. You could leave out the walnuts and/or raisins but I would strongly recommend leaving them in as they raisins come out beautifully plump and juicy and the walnuts add an amazing texture. These would be good for any occasion, from a birthday party to a summers picnic. You could also make this into a loaf form which would be easier to transport for a picnic. Even if yo don’t like carrots, like my sister, I would recommend trying this because my sister adores them too. I hope you enjoy!

 

Carrot Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Makes about 16 cupcakes)

1 cup plain flour

1tsp baking powder

1tsp baking soda

1tsp cinnamon

1/4tsp nutmeg

1/2tsp cloves

pinch of salt

1 1/2cups carrot, coarsely grated

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup raisins

1 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

  • Preheat the oven to 175ºc/350ºf and either grease and line 2 small round cake pans or line a cupcake tin with cases.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves together and set aside.
  • In another medium bowl, stir together the carrots, walnuts and raisins.
  • In large cowl, beat the sugar and oil together until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, still beating until smooth again.
  • Stir in the flour mixture just until it disappears. Gently mix in the chunky ingredients with a large metal spoon and divide the batter among the cake tins or cupcake cases and bake in  the oven for 40-50mins for the cakes or 20-25mins for the cupcakes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the tin for 5mins mins then remove and decorate with the frosting.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

200g cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1tsp vanilla extract

2tsp cinnamon, or more to taste

2-3 cups icing sugar, depending on desired consistency

  • Beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in the vanilla and cinnamon.
  • On a low speed, beat in the icing sugar until you get the right consistency.
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