Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Here's a recipe for carrot cake cupcakes with a little something extra: For the finishing touch, carrots are sauteed in maple syrup and then cooled to top each cupcake with color, flavor, and shine.

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Makes:
22 servings
Prep:
45 mins
Bake:
10 mins 400°F
Bake:
35 mins 350°F
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 1/3
cups vegetable oil
3
eggs, at room temperature
1
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2
cups plus 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
2
teaspoons ground cinnamon
2
teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2
teaspoons kosher salt
1
pound carrots, grated
1
cup raisins
3/4
pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2
pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1
teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1
pound confectioner's sugar, sieved
2
tablespoons unsalted butter
1
cup shaved or grated carrots
3
tablespoons good maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
  2. Beat the sugar, oil, and eggs together in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment until light yellow. Add vanilla. In another bowl, sift together 2 cups flour, the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Toss the carrots, raisins, and walnuts with 1 tablespoon flour. Add to the batter and mix well.
  4. Scoop batter into the muffin cups until each is almost full. Bake for 10 minutes, then lower the oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
  5. For frosting, mix cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment until combined. Add confectioner's sugar; mix until smooth.
  6. For the decoration, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat; add the carrots and maple syrup and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until carrots are tender. Spread them on a paper towel to cool.
  7. When cupcakes are cool, frost them generously and garnish with big pinches of sauteed carrots. Makes 22 cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts

(Carrot Cake Cupcakes)
    Per serving:
  • 532 kcal cal.,
  • 32 g fat
  • (11 g sat. fat,
  • 12 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 7 g monounsatured fat),
  • 76 mg chol.,
  • 323 mg sodium,
  • 59 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 46 g sugar,
  • 5 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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