Carrot Cup Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting :)

Carrot Cake Cup cakes with Cream cheese frosting 2

I found this recipe on Annie’s Eat’s! The Icing recipe is from Confections of a Foodie Bride who is also an amazing baker/cook.

I love these cup cakes they are delicious. The cream cheese frosting is everything I would have hoped for in a frosting! For once my frosting has turned out the way I want it fluffy not glaze like. I did have a snafu with my blender. You will need a food processor unless you want to go through the stress of using a blender with a chopping blade like mine which does nothing…. in the end my wonderful husband and I cut up baby carrots by hand. I also ran out of powdered sugar and subed graduated sugar instead. Since I dont have cloves and Brian does not use cloves in his Carrot Cakes I did not see the point in buying it and putting it in. Other than all of those issues everything else went smoothly. The best part I ended up with 33 amazing cupcakes.

Overall this is the best Carrot Cup cake I have ever had! The frosting is one that I know I will use again. Thank you to Annie’s Eat’s and the Foodie Bride for the wonderful recipes!

Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes

Yield: about 20-22 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
2½ cups (12.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1¼ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. grated nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
½ tsp. salt
1 lb. (6-7 medium) carrots, peeled
1½ cups (10.5 oz) granulated sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
4 large eggs
1½ cups canola, safflower or vegetable oil

For the frosting:
12 oz. cream cheese (not softened)
7½ tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
3¾ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted

Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line two cupcake pans with paper liners.  In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt; whisk together and set aside.

In a food processor fitted with a shredding disk, shred the carrots (you should have about 3 cups).  Add the carrots to the bowl with the dry ingredients and set aside.  Wipe out the bowl of the food processor and fit with the metal blade.  Process the sugars and eggs until frothy and thoroughly combined, about 20 seconds.  With the machine running, add the oil in a steady stream through the feed tube.  Continue to process until the mixture is light in color and well emulsified, about 20 more seconds.  Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl.  Stir in the carrots and dry ingredients until incorporated and no streaks of flour remain.

Scoop evenly into the prepared cupcake liners.  Bake for about 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Let cool in the pan at least 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat the cream cheese and butter on medium-high speed until well combined and smooth, about 2-3 minutes.  Mix in the vanilla extract.  Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until totally incorporated, increase the speed and then beat until smooth.  Frost cooled cupcakes as desired.

Source: cupcakes adapted from Baking Illustrated, frosting adapted from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Carrot Cake Cup cakes with Cream cheese frosting 1

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