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February 20, 2016 / mintcustard

Easter carrot cake cupcakes.

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This eating better and getting healthier lark is all well and good but there are times when I really, really crave cake. A huge sticky, preferably chocolate fudge covered, cake. As I live in a house full of people who don’t really like cake (I know, I know!) cupcakes are often easier to make and also give away.

It’s surprising what sparks the imagination when making cakes. A bag of very cute Easter marshmallows from Aldi made think of carrot cakes. The addition of those chocolate carrot decorations has given me some respite from my chocolate cravings as well. This particular carrot cake recipe uses melted butter rather than vegetable oil, a flavour I prefer. I only had pecan nuts so used them rather than walnuts. Use what you have.

I wanted to add a cream cheese drizzle rather than a thick piped icing, again to keep the health factor high without losing too much flavour, if any.

Carrot cake cupcakes

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 80g unsalted butter, softened
  • 80g Golden syrup
  • 2 medium eggs, beaten
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g pecan nuts, chopped.

Topping

1 tbsp full fat cream cheese

icing sugar

  • Beat in icing sugar to the cream cheese until the icing is the consistency you want. I just wanted a drizzle so i used about 3 tbsp of icing sugar.

How to …..

  • Preheat the oven to 180c
  • Melt together the butter, sugar and golden syrup. Leave to cool a little as you grate the carrots.
  • In a large bowl combine the flour, bicarb, cinnamon, salt and nuts.
  • Stir in the cooled syrup and butter mixture.
  • Now fold in the grated carrot and add the beaten eggs.
  • Line 12 muffin tins with cup cake cases.
  • Fill the cake cases equally, I use an ice cream scoop to do this.

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  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and a skewer come out clean.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Decorate with a drizzle of icing, a bunny marshmallow and a chocolate carrot!

Enjoy with yoyr family (if they eat cake!) or these make an ideal gift for Easter or a spring bake sale.

The marshmallows came from Aldi, the chocolate  carrots are from Sainsburys. I noticed today that Sainsburys also have mini versions of these marshmallows. M&S have mini jelly carrots too.

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