mini carrot cakes!

The other day, my husband and I had a meeting in downtown Portland, a few blocks from a local cupcake shop. After the meeting, we went and grabbed some cupcakes. To be honest, i didn’t really like mine. The cake fell apart, the buttercream was way too buttery and after I finished it (because no one wastes a cupcake) I felt really gross. I had a bite of my husband’s, however, and it wasn’t half bad. It was a carrot cake cupcake with a light cream cheese frosting. Since then, I’ve been craving more carrot cake, so last night, I shredded up some carrots and threw some together! I went for the minis because I thought with Easter coming up, these could be something cute to bring over to family’s house that fits in with the whole bunny theme. Grab yourself some cute mini cupcake liners, pastel sprinkles and orange gel dye for your frosting and you’ve got a seriously cute and delicious Easter goodie!

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What you need:

CAKES

  • 1 1/2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrot

FROSTING

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Line a mini cupcake tray with liners.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Pour your dry ingredients into the wet. Add carrots. Mix until combined but do not over mix!

Fill each cupcake hole 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 15-20 mins.

In the meantime, throw all of your frosting ingredients together and beat until fluffy. Add orange food coloring if you want to!

Allow cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

ENJOY!

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