Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes | ChopChop

Description

Carrots add a natural sweetness to cake so you need less sugar. Try them with delicious maple cream cheese icing!

Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Measuring spoon
Mixer or large bowl
2 ounce scoop or tablespoon
Small bowl
Table knife
Measuring cups
Box grater
Cupcake liners
12-cup muffin tin

Ingredients

1⁄2 cup
canola oil
3⁄4 cups
sugar, honey, agave or maple syrup
2  
large eggs
1⁄2 pound
pound carrots, scrubbed and grated
1⁄2 cup
cup chopped lightly toasted pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts
1⁄2 cup
all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup
whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon
baking soda
1⁄2 teaspoon
salt

Instructions

  1. With the help of your adult, turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees.
  2. Put cupcake liners in 12 cupcake or muffin tins.
  3. Put the oil, sugar and eggs in a large bowl or in a stand mixer with paddles attached.
  4. Beat the mixture until everything is evenly blended.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Using the scoop, fill each of the prepared muffin tins 2/3 of the way to the top.
  7. With the help of your adult, put the muffin tins in the oven and bake 22–25 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned and rounded. (When they’re done, a toothpick should come out clean.)
  8. Let sit until cool (10–15 minutes). Then remove the cupcakes from the tins.

Notes

Did you know? Carrots have been used to sweeten cakes since medieval times when pure sugar was too expensive.