Monday, February 7, 2011

Carrot Cake Cupcakes




2 CUPS WHOLE-WHEAT PASTRY FLOUR
1 CUP ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
2 TEASPOONS BAKING SODA
1 1∕2 TEASPOONS GROUND CINNAMON
1 TEASPOON GROUND GINGER
1∕2 TEASPOON GROUND NUTMEG
1∕2 TEASPOON KOSHER SALT
1 CUP LIGHTLY PACKED BROWN SUGAR
1∕4 CUP CANOLA OIL
2 EXTRA LARGE EGGS
1∕2 CUP PLAIN YOGURT
1 POUND CARROTS, GRATED (ABOUT 4 CUPS)
1∕3 CUP GOLDEN RAISINS

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar and oil for about 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the yogurt, carrots, and raisins. Mix in the flour mixture until just combined.
Using a 3-ounce ice-cream scoop or a 1/3 cup measure, spoon batter into paperlined muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely on a wire rack.

I found the recipe for the cupcake part from Katie Lee.

For the frosing:

1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
8 oz of Philly cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 With an electric mixer, mix the butter and cream cheese together, about 3 minutes on medium speed until very smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure even mixing.
2 Add the vanilla extract and mix. Slowly add the powdered sugar. Keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness.
3 Either spread on with a blunt knife or spatula, or spoon into a piping bag to decorate your cake or cupcake.

Walnuts to sprinkle on top.



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This is the first time I ever made cupcakes from scratch!
I am not a big sweets eater, so I figured I would try to do a healthy version of a cupcake.


These are my cupcakes straight out of the oven.
I forgot to let my cream cheese and butter sit out at room temperature, so these sat for a while before I was able to put the frosting on.   Make a mental note if you're going to make these to set this stuff out ahead of time before making these!  Now I know! lol



My little carrot cake secret...




I love carrot juice and drink it all the time.
Since I got my Jack Lalanne juicer for Christmas, I've experimented with a lot of different drinks.
This one is just pure carrot juice and nothing added. It takes 5 large carrots to make one glass or if you can't find large carrots, you can get a bag of the regular carrots, stores should have them for about .99 cents a bag. You can juice the whole bag, which is roughly between 8 to 10 smaller thin carrots.

Anyway, here is what the pulp looks like that is left over from the juice.



Then you can store it away in a baggie in the freezer until you need it. 
Which is where my secret comes in, I made my carrot cupcakes with the leftover pulp I froze from my carrot juice.



Amazing something like that can turn into something so delicious and  yummy like this!


I know my blog looks like it's turned into a recipe blog instead of house decor blog. Sorry about that! I'm just not really working on any projects right now.  Hopefully I will get my kitchen painted soon.



11 comments:

Amy Lagerquist said...

These look divine! Thanks for posting the recipe!

Martha K said...

I am just happy hearing from you again. I miss you and hope you will find "anything" to blog about.

Tricia said...

They sound delicious and look SO pretty.

Nicole said...

Those look yummy! I have a carrot cake recipe that I use and I cut out most of the oil and use all natural apple sauce. I like your recipe though! Looks healthy and yummy!

Louise-Arden said...

WOW!!! :D You did such an AWESOME job!! I have to try these!! And the photos came out wonderful too. High Five!!!!

Jill said...

You are so clever! They look delish!!

Gayle said...

YUM! Don't apologize about the blog content. As a fellow blogger, there are times you have to have fillers. Food is fabulous!

Paige said...

YUM! I am so making these this week!

Genie said...

These look SO YUMMY!

ihearteggs said...

These look delicious!

TEM325 said...

OMG, those look divine!!!!!! I want one!!!

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