Have fun with the kid's in the kitchen this half-term, with this simple to make Carrot cake cupcake recipe.
For the cupcakes
• 3 medium carrots, peeled and grated
• 100g soft light brown sugar
• 80g unsalted butter, softened
• 80g Golden syrup
• 2 medium eggs
• 150g self-raising flour
• ½tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 1tsp ground cinnamon
• Pinch of salt
For the icing
• 50g unsalted butter, softened
• 110g low-fat cream cheese
• 225g icing sugar
• 1tsp vanilla extract
I decided to challenge myself to make Carrot cake for the very first time with some expert help from my son. I am not a very confident or experienced baker, so attempting anything other than fairy cakes was going to be a challenge!
I gathered my recipe book and set out to the supermarket to purchase the ingredients and a few little extras to decorate them with. With all the ingredients laid out, It was time to start baking. Firstly, we preheated the oven to 180° C and lined a cupcake tray with 10 cupcake cases.
We combined the Golden syrup, butter and syrup in a large saucepan and melted together over a medium heat, stirring to combine. When the ingredients melted down, we removed the pan from the heat, then we stirred in the salt, self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, grated carrot, ground cinnamon and eggs. We had to mix it all together very well until we had a smooth batter.
We spooned the mixture into the cupcake cases and baked in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and smelling seriously yummy!
Whilst the cupcakes were cooling, we started to prepare the icing by combining the butter, Vanilla extract, icing sugar and cream cheese together in a large mixing bowl. We Beat using a whisk until smooth. Once the cupcakes were cool, we spread a generous amount of the cream cheese topping onto each of the cupcakes, before adding an edible carrot to the top to decorate.
These surprisingly looked great and to my surprise they tasted absolutely delicious.
What will you be baking this Easter?
*This is a guest post from the lovely Rachel at U Me and The Kids, you can visit her blog here: http://umeandthekids.com/*