carrot cake cupcakes with orange cream cheese frosting (makes 12-16 cupcakes)
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg (freshly grated)
3/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
2 cups baby carrots (pulverized in the food processor)
preheat oven to 350 degrees. line muffin tin with paper liners.
in a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.
in a large bowl, whisk the canola oil and eggs vigorously until it resembles a loose mayonnaise. add the vanilla and brown sugar and whisk until creamy.
switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and gently stir the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just combined. don’t over mix.
gently fold in the pulverized carrots to the batter.
spoon the batter into prepared muffin tin, filling almost to the top.
cook until wooden pick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. 20 to 25 minutes.
cool pan completely on a rack before removing and frosting cupcakes.
1- 8 oz package cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 stick unsalted butter (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
zest and juice of 1 orange
using an electric mixer, blend all ingredients, starting on low and then switching to high, until frosting is creamy and void of lumps.
after frosting, store the cupcakes on a plate in the refrigerator. no need to cover or wrap if you plan to eat them the next morning. if there are any left over, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days.
even for novice cooks, just learning the nuances of thanksgiving dinner, a little planning goes a long way to helping you panic less and enjoy the day more. a glass of wine doesn’t hurt either! we’ve all burned a dish, undercooked our turkey, over-beat our potatoes, made lumpy gravy, or, if you’re like me, set our ovens on fire… but we still come back year after year and try to get it right. it’s still my favorite holiday. gobble gobble!