After debating for a while in regards to which cupcake I should make, I decided to make carrot cupcakes since my husband likes carrot cake. I adapted this recipe from my aunt Jeanette, so I really don’t know where she got it initially. This recipe is very simple and taste so good, I reduced the sugar content of the cake so I could top it with cream cheese frosting. I was able to make 48 mini cupcakes. You can freeze the cakes without the cream cheese frosting.

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Ingredients:

Carrot Cake
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
2/3 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups shredded carrot
6 oz crushed pineapple (drained)
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese
2 tablespoon butter
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon grated orange rind

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Method:

Carrot Cake
In a large bowl blend together the salad oil and the sugars. Add the eggs one at the time beating until blended. In another bowl shift together both flours, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture, about 1/3 at the time to the oil and egg batter, beating just enough to blend. Fold the carrots and then the pineapple into the batter. Add the nuts it desired. Pour approximately 1 tablespoon into small size bake cups (1 in). Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes out on the rack, let it cool completely.

Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
In a large bowl mash the cream cheese, add the butter and mix well, until the cream is fluffy. Add the confectioner’s sugar to the cheese mixture and beat until well blended. Blend in the vanilla extract and the orange rind. The orange cream cheese frosting is ready to be used.

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Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that the first cream cheese made in US was made in New York in 1872? Cream cheese is also called Philadelphia cheese because the city was considered at the time to be the home of top quality food.

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