I know, I know, calling a post ‘the best ever carrot cupcakes’ is a big call. I said it for The Best Ever Chocolate Mud Cake and so far everyone who has tried it has agreed so you’ll just have to make these and tell me what you think.
For my beautiful grey and yellow baby shower last year, my only job was making mini carrot cupcakes with yellow icing. Mum was very specific in her directions.
I really wanted grey and white cupcake cases to go with the yellow icing but try as I might I could not find them anywhere. I ended up ordering some from eBay which claimed to be grey but when they arrived they were more of a charcoal-black.
It was back to the drawing board where I decided to make little toppers and use white cases instead. If you’d like a copy of the file to print your own please ask.
Anyway back to the cupcakes. When my grandma heard I was tasked with carrot cupcakes she said ‘you’re making your mother’s recipe aren’t you, it’s the best?’ Now who am I to go against something like that especially coming from my grandma.
I’m not sure where mum’s recipe originated from but it is in my folder of recipes mum typed for me when I went off to Canada for 3 months nearly 10 years ago and she has been making it forever.
The base recipe is carrot but where it calls for 2 cups of grated carrot, you can substitute some crushed pineapple, coconut, mango or mashed banana or any combination. Can you guess which one I went with? Yes you’re right I added a little mashed banana.
The result is a moist but still light and fluffy little cake that will have you hiding the wrapper so you can sneak another one. It can be made up as a cake (cook it for about 40 minutes) but I think bite-sized is just perfect.
So will you give them a go and see if they live up to their name? Don’t forget the cream cheese icing though – it’s the, well, the icing on the cake!
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