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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Servings: Makes 10 cupcakes
Why Carrots are GOOD for you!!

Nutritionists have long known that yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene, which the body converts into essential vitamin A, but only recently have the full benefits of this color group of produce come to light. Orange fruits and vegetables taste bright and zesty, and they help keep us healthy in many ways throughout the year. In this recipe, carrots help make these cupcakes moist and sweet.

1/3 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp. finely grated orange zest
2 eggs
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
7 tbsp. fresh orange juice, warmed
1 tsp. baking soda

Mascarpone Icing:
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
4 oz. cold mascarpone or low-fat cream cheese

10 walnut halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C. Line 10 standard muffin cups with paper liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, maple syrup and orange zest until pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the grated carrots.

In a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. In another small bowl, stir together the orange juice and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture in two additions, alternating with the orange juice mixture in two additions until smooth. Do not overbeat or the cupcakes will be tough.

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake until the cupcakes are risen and lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a baking sheet and let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Mascarpone Icing:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest and mascarpone (or low-fat cream cheese, if using) until blended.

Frost cupcakes when cool. If desired, garnish each cupcake with a walnut half. Cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Makes 10 cupcakes.

Date: May 29, 2007


Reviewer: Lei
It's so good. Everyone in my family loves it!

Reviewer: Elaine Radu
Excellent recipe. The cupcake was moist, tasty and back for seconds was not uncommon. I used a carrot-coloured, cream cheese frosting, and garnished with a tiny carrot motif.

Reviewer: Ngee
Delicious...... really loved it


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