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Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
CATEGORY: Dessert- Cakes
 
This carrot cake is so moist and tender.  May very well be the best carrot cake we've tried!
SERVINGS:  12 cupcakes
PREP TIME:  15 minutes
COOK TIME: 25 minutes
INGREDIENTS

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups grated carrots 
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 to 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
DIRECTIONS

Cupcakes

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners.

In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In separate bowl whisk together eggs, oil, brown sugar, grated carrots, chopped walnuts and vanilla.  Stir in flour mixture until just combined- don't over-mix.

Divide batter evenly among muffin tins and bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted into center of a cupcake comes out clean, approz 20 to 25 minutes.

Cool in pan approx 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and cool completely before frosting.

Frosting

Mix the cream cheese and butter together in a bowl. Slowly add the sifted confectioners' sugar- starting with 2 cups of sifted confectioner's sugar and adding more in increments until desired consistancy is reached (depending on climate this may be another 1 to 2 cups). Stir in the vanilla and lemon juice. Frost cupcakes.