Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

Carrot Walnut Cupcakes

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup walnut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups finely grated carrots
  • ½ cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped candied ginger

For the candied carrots and walnuts:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large carrot, peeled
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 12 walnuts

For the frosting:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a medium bowl. Whisk the eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, walnut oil and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth. Whisk in the flour mixture, then fold in the grated carrots, chopped walnuts and candied ginger with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups, filling each two-thirds of the way. Bake until the tops of the cupcakes spring back when gently pressed, about 20 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes in the pan; remove to a rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, make the candied carrots and walnuts. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Peel 12 long ribbons from the carrot using a vegetable peeler. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the carrot ribbons and cook until translucent, 25 to 30 minutes. Carefully remove with tongs and arrange each ribbon in a small bundle on the baking sheet. Add the walnuts to the saucepan and simmer until glossy, 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on the baking sheet; let the candied carrots and walnuts cool. Make the frosting: Beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth. Beat in the confectioners’ sugar on low speed; increase the speed to medium high and beat until fluffy, 3 minutes Transfer to a piping bag with a large round tip; pipe onto the cupcakes. Top with the candied carrots and walnuts.

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Sultanas work great in this recipe.

 

Carrot Cupcakes With Orange Cream Cheese Icing

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups carrots, finely grated
  • 1 cup apple, finely grated
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)

 

Orange Cream Cheese Icing:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest

Method:

To Make The Cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place paper liners in two 12 cup cupcake pans. Mix the flour, salt and cinnamon together in a small bowl and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar and oil until well blended. Fold in the grated carrots, grated apples, chopped walnuts and raisins. Fill each cup 2/3 full. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

To Make The Icing: In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese together until very smooth. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar until fully mixed. Beat in the orange juice and orange zest. Ice the top of each cupcake.

Tested in the THASC kitchen. Photo by THASC.

THASC is a unique small American business producing cards and other promotional products.

www.thasc.com