Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Carrot Cupcakes With Citrus Glaze

I made an exciting discovery last week. I ventured to the garden to see what was greening up. I sat down for a moment and noticed orange little caps poking through the dirt.

I had been sure that the jack rabbits and deer had dug up my remaining carrots during the winter months. But lo and behold as I started digging up came handfuls of carrots.

Now that is some kind of beautiful surprise on a March morning. Well I thought these carrots deserved some special treatment and they became carrot cupcakes Sunday evening.

My 10 year old daughter loves carrot cake. I love cupcakes. Time to find a good cupcake recipe.

I found this relatively easy recipe at Epicurious and their orange glaze promised to be edible for my lactose intolerant 6 year old. Seemed perfect. I made some minor changes to the cupcakes. ( I replaced some of the oil with applesauce).

The gals and I got busy making cupcakes. I do love cooking with my girls.

The cupcakes were moist and tasty although without their glaze they seem more like muffins. I could have gone for a little more sugar, I admit it. Still, I have eaten 3 or 4 so they are tasty. I will grate the carrots more finely next time. The recipe calls for a coarse grate and I prefer a finer grating. Original Recipe here

However, the glaze was really the amazing part of these cupcakes. Absolutely finger licking good. We changed the original recipe just a bit too. We used both lemon juice and orange juice in our frosting. It was bursting with citrus brightness.

Cupcake Recipe
  • 2 Cups of grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Icing Recipe
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 to 2 Tb lemon juice. (more if needed)
Make cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Line muffin cups with paper liners.
Grate enough carrots to measure 2 cups.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a bowl.
Whisk together oil, eggs, brown sugar, grated carrots, and vanilla in a large bowl, then stir in flour mixture until just combined.
Divide batter among muffin cups (about 3/4 full) and bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely on rack, about 1 hour.
Make icing:
Sift confectioners sugar into a bowl. Whisk in zest and 2 tablespoons orange juice and 1 TB lemon juice until smooth. If icing is too thick, add more juice, 1 teaspoon at a time. Dip top of each cupcake into icing, letting excess drip off (because that just adds to the sticky goodness) and let icing set, about 15 minutes. 

Makes 12 to 15 Cupcakes

Eat for dessert, snack or breakfast


Kim - Liv Life said...

I haven't grown carrots in years!!! I wonder if I'm too late this year in my warmer region, but I think I just might give it a try anyway!
These cupcakes look fabulous!

Rachelle said...

Kim I am starting my carrots in a week or two. but my last frost date is not until mid May.


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