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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

April 22, 2012

April is full of birthdays in my office so I am a busy little bee baking. I made some carrot cake cupcakes for the first time and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I did not eat these and actually have never tasted carrot cake oddly enough. I figure why add one more dessert I might crave to the list if I don’t have to. 🙂

I was searching online for a recipe and then my Aunt Edna came to the rescue by sending me hers. I changed the recipe slightly by adding a little nutmeg and ground ginger.

Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 cups oil (canola or vegetable)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about equal to a 1lb bag)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350. Grease cake pans or line cupcake pans with paper liners.
  • Stir together dry ingredients. Mix in oil and eggs until incorporated.
  • Stir in carrots. Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bake cupcakes for about 14 minutes. My aunt said she does 3 layers for about 35 minutes each.

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (my go-to frosting)

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 1 160z/1lb box powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 t vanilla (I use a little extract and a little vanilla bean paste to get the bean specks)

Directions:

  • In large bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese.
  • Mix in powdered sugar and vanilla.
  • Beat on high speed for a few minutes until light and fluffy.
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