Have The Cake August Challenge: Carrot Cake

I'm playing a little bit of catch up since I've just joined and am starting with the August challenge, which is Carrot cake.

While looking at foodnetwork.com for recipes for another challenge that I am participating in, I found this recipe by Ina Garten, whom I generally trust for recipes.  The recipe is for her Carrot Cake Cupcakes.

First I grated the carrots and chopped the walnuts:

Then in a bowl mix together sugar, oil and vanilla.  I used half oil and half applesauce because a cup and a half of oil seemed excessively bad for me.  Then mix in eggs, one at a time until you get this soup:

Then sift in flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Mix well to incorporate.

Then add in the carrots, walnuts and raisins:


Line muffin pan with liners then fill them about 3/4 full.  I filled mine a little more because I like them to overflow a bit..I'm glad now that I did.

The directions say to bake these at 400 degrees for 10 minutes then to reduce heat to 350 and bake for 35 minutes.  I did the first part, but they smelled done so I checked 10 minutes into the 35 minute bake and they were done!  So I checked the comments to the recipe and they pretty much all warn that the timing is wrong.  I baked the second batch at 375 for 20 minutes and they came out perfect.

For the frosting, beat 12 oz of cream cheese, 2 sticks of butter (1/2 lb) and 1 tsp of vanilla.  Since my mixers sparked, smoked, then died I did this by hand.  It's a great upper body toner!

Then mix in the confectioner's sugar:

Mix until light and fluffy.  Keep tasting the whisk or beater to make sure it's good as you go because  you just never know ;-)


  These were entirely TOO delicious and not effected at all by a switch from oil to applesauce.

Recipe is at: Ina Garten Carrot Cake Cupcakes.  Next up this week:  September Challenge: Sachertorte...


darnold23 said...

Mister Linky is up and ready for this week's Crock Pot Wednesday. Thanks so much for participating last week. I hope to see you again this week. We were in Italy this past spring. Hopefully, we will be able to return soon. Love it! Thanks a bunch. Debbie.

Jen said...

Wow, YUM, cupcakes and raisins??!!

nice :)

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