Healthy Halloween Desserts – Part 2: Creepy Carrot Cupcake Recipe
This recipe is from guest blogger—Courtenay Miles
Cupcakes are an easy treat to bring to the neighborhood Halloween gathering, or to school events. These carrot cake cupcakes offer a more nutritious choice than the run of the mill chocolate and vanilla versions, and they are a great way to incorporate the bundles and bundles of fresh carrots we receive in our organic produce delivery each week.
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp fine salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups peeled and shredded carrots (approx. 2 carrots)
- 1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- black and white candy sprinkles or candy corn for garnish
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of orange zest
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper cupcake liners.
- Sift together the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
- In a large mixer, combine the brown sugar, oil and eggs. until well combined. Add the carrots, applesauce and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
- Divide the batter among the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Place cream cheese in a medium mixing bowl. Gradually add butter, and continue beating until smooth and well blended.
- Sift in confectioners' sugar, and continue beating until smooth.
- Add vanilla, and stir to combine.
- Frost cupcakes when they have cooled.
Courtenay Miles enjoyed a long career in high tech public relations. Most recently, this Bay Area resident has turned her attention to her favorite finds in the San Francisco Area. In addition to sharing San Francisco’s wonderful “sights and bites”, she, her husband and three daughters are discovering new ways to prepare and appreciate each season’s produce bounty found in their weekly organic produce delivery box! Recipes, adventures and day-to-day musings can be found at sfsightsandbites.blogspot.com