This recipe for moist carrot cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery is made even more delicious with a topping of cool orange cream cheese icing. You can also buy little carrot cake decorations to add on top Perfect for those of us who find regular cupcakes a bit too sweet and prefer something a bit more subtle.
For the carrot cupcakes:
225g grated carrots
2 large eggs
130g caster sugar, preferably golden
120ml Mazola Corn Oil
½tsp vanilla extract
2tsp fresh orange zest
120g plain flour
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
Pinch of salt
For the orange cream cheese icing:
175g cream cheese
450g icing sugar
125g unsalted butter, at room temperature
Zest from one orange
These cupcakes will keep well in an airtight container for a few days and should be kept at room temperature. The icing must be stored in the fridge as it contains cream cheese, but will keep well. Before re-using, let it come to room temperature and then beat again.
Preheat the oven to 160ºC (fan)/180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4. Line two 12 hole muffin tins with cupcake cases or papers.
Combine the grated carrots and raisins in a large bowl using a wooden spoon and put to one side. Beat the eggs and sugar together for several mins and then carefully add the oil, vanilla extract and orange zest and beat well.
Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, and cinnamon into a separate bowl and then slowly add these ingredients to the egg and sugar mixture, beating well after each addition.
Then pour this mixture into the bowl containing the carrots and raisins and mix by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula until they are well incorporated.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcakes cases, filling each case about two-thirds of the way up the paper.
Place the trays in the oven and bake for approx 25 mins. When cooked the cupcakes will be quite dark brown in colour and feel ‘spongy’ to the touch. Allow them to cool in their tins for 10 mins or so before placing on a wire rack to cool.
For the orange cream cheese icing: Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and beat well until thoroughly combined and the icing is smooth and pale.
Once you have iced the carrot cupcakes with this icing, you can finish them off with a sprinkling of cinnamon