To me, carrot cake is a fall & winter cake, not quite Christmas, but definitely spiced just the right amount. The carrots make these fluffy carrot cake cupcakes very moist and the hint of cinnamon goes so well with it. Add a smooth cream cheese frosting and we're in heaven.
When I put one of these in my mouth it was like eating a spiced cloud with cream cheese. Really, so incredibly fluffy! It's actually a cake recipe, but I wanted petite easy-to-transport cupcakes instead. So if you want to make a cake out of it, you can, using a 20x30cm pan (12x8in) and baking it 5-7 minutes longer.
Fluffy Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
You know I talk about eggedosis a lot (here and here). I will again, until everyone know what eggedosis is. It is whipped sugar and eggs until white and fluffy. Do that, it will take some time, but eventually it will turn white. It takes around 10 minutes with a handheld mixer (1).
Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and vanilla bean sugar. Alternate pouring the flour mixture and pouring the oil into the eggedosis - egg mixture (2-4). Be careful! You do not want to beat the air out of the eggedosis. It should remain airy. Very important in order to get the light as air carrot cake cupcakes.
Continue with the careful hand, stir in the shredded carrots (5-7). Do not taste the cake batter, because that tastes like crap. But when it's baked, it is heaven in a carrot cake cupcake.
Pour the batter into muffin tins. I like my cupcakes small, but you could use the normal (large) sized cupcake tins too. You might have to bake them for a little longer (toothpick trick - take a toothpick into the cupcake when you think it's done, and it is if the toothpick comes out clean). I bake them on 175C (350F) in the middle of the oven for around 17-20 minutes.
Taste one (who can resist?) and let the rest cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Frosting
Meanwhile, let's get to the super easy cream cheese frosting. I'm not always dead sure on my measurements on this, because I taste along the way and add a little bit of this and a little bit of that.
However, as a start I would suggest taking 250 gr of cream cheese, 250 gr of powdered sugar and 2 teaspoon vanilla bean sugar as a base. Mix with a handheld mixer until smooth. Try not to mix more than necessary. If it's too sweet, add in more cream cheese, not sweet enough, more powdered sugar, and so on. You can even add cardamom, cinnamon and the like to really oomph up the spice factor.
Begin in the middle of the cupcake and in a circular motion work your way to the outer part of the carrot cake cupcake. It's so simple, yet makes for a rather pretty cupcake and that without 3 times as much frosting as you actually want to eat.
Other delicious sweet treats:
- Banana Chocolate Muffins
- Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Irish Baileys Frosting
- Healthy Spiced Pumpkin Soufflé with Maple Pecans and Cream Cheese
- Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Pumpkin White Chocolate Muffins
- Chocolate Orange Cake
- Coconut cupcakes with chocolate orange buttercream
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