Sunday, April 29, 2012
RECIPE: Carrot Cupcakes with Caramael Cream Cheese Frosting
So our contribution to the bbq was my anytime favorite: Carrot Cupcakes.
I used the same yummy Carrot Cake recipe but with a couple modifications and an added twist on top: Caramel.
Makes appx 22-24 cupcakes
2 - 4 carrots (enough for 2 cups grated carrots)
1/4 cup oil*
1/4 cup smashed banana (about 1 banana)*
1 3/4 cups white sugar **
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup lowfat milk mixed with 2 tsp vinegar)
* the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup of oil but I decreased that to 1/4 cup oil and added a 1/4 cup smashed bananas. And it turned out great. I still loved the consistency, it was slightly more healthy, and no one could even taste the banana.
**the original recipe calls for 2 cups sugar. I cut it back to 1 3/4 cups and it still tasted wonderful.
Line two muffin pans with cupcake liners
• Grate 2 - 4 carrots. Measure 2 cups of loosely-packed carrots (don't cram the carrots into the measuring cup) and set them aside.
• In a large bowl beat the oil, banana, sugar, eggs and vanilla together until light, about two minutes.
• In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Mix the flour mixture, buttermilk, and carrots into the oil/sugar mixture for about 2 minutes.
• Scoop approximately 1/3 of the cupcake mix into each cupcake holder
• Bake for about 18 minutes at 350 degrees, until a toothpick comes out clean.
• Let the cupcakes cool on a rack while you prepare the frosting....
CARAMEL CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
makes enough for 24 cupcakes or a layered cake
8 ounces Cream Cheese (Lite Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese...at room temperature)
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
5-6 cups powdered sugar
• Cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
• Add the powdered sugar and enough milk to make a creamy, spreadable frosting.
• Place the frosting in a piping bag or make your own by spooning frosting into a ziplock bag and cutting a small hole on the corner of the bag (do not seal the top of the ziplock bag).
• Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake.
• Then....(nothing fancy here), drizzle each cupcake with a bit of cold pre-made caramel (I used Smuckers).
• refridgerate the cupcakes till ready to eat.
They get a little messy but it sort of adds to the charm.
That's my kind of an evening.
Posted by dana at 11:04 PM