Friday, July 11, 2008

The Best Way to Eat a Vegetable

The best way to eat a carrot is in cake!

Carrot (Cake) Cupcakes
3 cups all purpose flour
4 medium-large finely grated carrots
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp allspice
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/8 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix together dry ingredients- flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Toss carrots in dry mixture until they are well coated (this will keep the carrots suspended in the batter and disperse them evenly throughout the cake).

In a different bowl cream together the sugars, eggs, and ricotta cheese. Add applesauce and oil, mixing until all ingredients are smooth and combined.

Add the wet mixture to the carrot mixture and fold until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix.

Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full. Depending on the size, they will need about 20-25 minutes to cook. A toothpick inserted in the middle should come out clean.

Cream Cheese Frosting
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 stick margarine
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 box powdered sugar

Cream together cream cheese and margarine. Add in vanilla. Shift in powder sugar and beat until smooth. Refrigerate the icing for better spreading or piping.

Using a giant Texas size muffin pan, I baked 10 cupcakes.

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