Sunday baking: Carrot cake cupcakes
These are some of the best cupcakes I have ever consumed in my life. They are fluffy and just delicious. Sugar and spice really do make everything nice (along with flour, carrot, orange etc.). These may sound healthier than your other alternatives but these are definitely a treat and - in my opinion - better than our standard chocolate or vanilla cupcake. I took one into my front room for my family to have a bite of and their faces lit up the second they tasted this masterpiece. So if you’d like to indulge in these cupcakes of dream - follow the recipe below.
175g light muscovado sugar
100g wholemeal self-raising flour
100g self-raising flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp mixed spice
zest 1 orange
150ml sunflower oil
200g grated carrots
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional (I added these) - large handful of chopped walnuts
250g soft cheese
100g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases
In a large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients (both flours, bicarbonate of soda, sugar and spice). Stir together with a wooden spoon
In a cup, mix together the oil and eggs. Add this to the dry mixture along with the rest of the ingredients (carrot, orange zest, vanilla) - your mixture is now complete!
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases and pop into your preheated oven for 18-22 minutes. I baked mine for 19 minutes. Basically until you stick a skewer into the cake and it comes out clean. They will look darker than your vanilla sponge because we used wholemeal flour and because of the brown sugar and spices.
Put cakes onto a wire rack and leave until completely cool
For the icing - mix all ingredients together and pipe on. I used a sandwich bag and snipped the very end off as I couldn’t find/couldn’t be bothered to find our piping bag.
Your cupcakes are now done and are ready to be enjoyed! Disclaimer - I can not be responsible for how many you eat. I ate three throughout the day…
I hope you enjoyed this recipe - let me know if you make these! I’m loving this Sunday baking thing you know - I didn’t realise how enable baking was. My memories of baking as a child were rather hectic and stressful but probably because I’m one of five so I can’t imagine it was exactly relaxing for my mum.
See you soon,