easy carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing

what better way to start a lazy wednesday than with a little bit of baking? and with my sous chef by my side, i whipped up these quick and easy carrot cupcakes to take along to our playdate…

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Ingredients

CUPCAKES: 2/3 cup of plain wholemeal flour; 1/3 cup of caster sugar; 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda (I may have misread the original recipe and only put 1/4 teaspoon in – no wonder they didn’t really rise); 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon; 2/3 cup roughly chopped brasil nuts; 2/3 cup roughly chopped almonds; 1/3 cup coconut oil; 1 large egg; 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2/3 cup; firmly packed grated carrot; 1/4 cup well-drained crushed pineapple (in juice).
CREAM CHEESE ICING: 60g softened cream cheese; 30g softened butter; 1 cup icing sugar; 1 tsp lemon juice.Makes 10 cupcakes.
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C if using a fan-forced oven). 2. Line or grease a 12-hole muffin tray (you will only need to use 10 holes though). 3. Sift flour, sugar, bicarbonate soda and cinnamon together in a large bowl. 4. Stir in chopped nuts and mix until well combined. 5. In a separate bowl mix together the oil, egg, vanilla extract, carrot and pineapple. 6. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well combined (it is quite a dry mixture, but don’t worry the cupcakes will still be deliciously moist). 7. Distribute the mixture evenly between 10 muffin cases. 8. Bake for 20-25 minutes. 9. Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing. 10. To make icing mix together the cream cheese, butter, icing sugar and lemon juice in an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. 11. Ice the cupcakes and enjoy!

DSC_0128  ^^our very roughly chopped nuts. i recommend leaving them quite chunky as they add a delicious textural and grown-up element to the cupcakes^^

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^^i’m not quite sure if the entire quota of nuts actually made it into the cupcakes as someone kept helping himself^^DSC_0131  ^^serious business this baking thing^^DSC_0133DSC_0135

^^the dry ingredients prior to thatcher being armed with a wooden spoon^^DSC_0138 DSC_0140 DSC_0142^^to the victor go the spoils – his favourite part of baking^^
DSC_0144^^umm, yum^^

i may have gotten distracted vacuuming the house while these were in the oven and i didn’t hear my baking alarm so they were cooked a little longer than suggested and a little crunchy around the edges, but that was not necessarily a bad thing as i love a crunchy crust on my cakes. also, the icing was a little runny so i may alter the recipe a little next time around (as well as using the recommended amount of bicarbonate soda and perhaps substituting a banana for the caster sugar).

Recipe inspired by this one from one handed cooks.

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