I tried out carrot cupcakes yesterday for a night at Helena's and they were so good I made them today as well for girls at work.
CARROT CUPCAKES(makes 12)
250ml flour (I've been using different combos of almond, rice and spelt flour, you could also just use plain wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
a good pinch of ground cardamom
a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
a pinch of ground ginger
200ml raw cane sugar
2 organic eggs (room temperature)
120g cream cheese
100ml powdered sugar
25g melted butter
organic almonds/hazelnuts for garnish
Mix the dry ingredients. Grate the carrots and mix them and the oil and the eggs with a spatula and add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Place paper muffin tins in a muffin tray and divide the batter into them. Bake in 175 celsius for about 10-15 minutes. Let cool complelety on wire racks. Make the frosting by mixing together cream cheese, sugar and butter until creamy. Cover completely cooled cupcakes with the frosting and sprinkle chopped almonds on top. Keep the cupcakes covered in the fridge overnight before serving; they'll taste a lot more and better the day after.
(You can also make a cake with the same recipe; just pour the dough into a lined or greased tin (diameter about 24cm) and bake for about 15-20 minutes, just until a toothpick comes out clean.)
(photo by Helena Mackey)