Recipe for Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Indulge in a spot of Easter baking with the children with these carrot cake cupcakes from Pixie Hall Cakes

Easter Cupckaes

There were lots of possibilities for this month’s recipe. With mothers’ day and St Patrick’s Day close together we could have had something pretty and flowery or something with Guinness or Baileys or lots of green. As you can see, I didn’t go for any of that (maybe next year!) and so, with Easter just around the corner, I thought I’d give you this great recipe for carrot cake cupcakes.

Carrot cake reminds me of Easter, spring and of my dad. It’s his favourite. I don’t actually make it very often (I’m a terrible daughter) so I made sure he got some of these when I’d made them. They have his seal of approval.

These are perfect to make with the kids. The cake recipe is slightly unusual (in the UK at least) in that it uses measuring cups rather than weight measures. I use cup measures all the time and would recommend purchasing a set if you intend to gather recipes from the internet. The vast majority of American recipes will use cups to measure the ingredients and there’s no easy way to convert from volume to weight measures. Aldiss has some gorgeous bright measuring cups.

The cupcakes are easy to make, the cream cheese topping is delicious and they are super easy to decorate. I used chocolate bunnies on mine but feel free to use whatever sweeties you like to make these beautiful.

Ingredients:

For the cakes

2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup plain yoghurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups coarsely grated carrots (2 to 3 medium carrots)

 

For the frosting (from BBC Food)

150g softened butter

45g caster sugar

300g cream cheese (room temperature)

1/2 tsp vanilla

 

To decorate

Sprinkles

Chocolate bunnies

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 12-hole muffin pan with paper cases. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, oil, sugars, yoghurt and vanilla together until smooth and well combined.

In another bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Fold this gently into the egg mixture until just combined.

Add in the carrots and stir through carefully until evenly combined.

Divide the cake mixture evenly between the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden, risen and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and free from crumbs.

Allow the cupcakes to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

To make the frosting, cream the sugar, vanilla and butter together until light and fluffy. You can do this by hand or with an electric beater/mixer. Beat in the cream cheese until smooth.

Spread the icing onto the cupcakes using a butter knife or palette knife. Pour your sprinkles into a shallow dish and the roll the edges of the frosted cupcakes into them to stick to the edges. Top with a chocolate bunny or other festive decoration.

 

Linds Bestwicke runs Pixie Hall Cakes in Fakenham and can be found selling her delicious baking at Fakenham Farmers’ Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.

Photographs by Keith Osborn Photography

 

Get juicing with Mal Harradine

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Mal Harradine

Juicing is a tasty and easy way to get your five a day,

says TV presenter and food writer Mal Harradine.

 

The days of twisting half an orange on a plastic juicer and being rewarded with a thimble full of juice for all your efforts have thankfully long gone.

The new generation of electric juicers whizz up delicious concoctions in seconds with little mess – and the machines are easy to clean.

Tower Vitablend in Cream

With more and more emphasis being placed on healthy eating, juicing is an easy way to help you get your five a day, plus, you know exactly what is going in – just pure, fresh ingredients and only natural sugars.

There are many juicers available, so the key is to decide on your budget and what you need from your machine before you go shopping.

Mal’s Tips

1.  Encourage children to make their own concoctions and they will soon be eating fruit and vegetables they might not touch otherwise.

2.  Leave the skins on your fruit and veggies where you can, as this is where many of the important nutrients are contained.

3.  Experiment with different combinations and find your favourites – you will be amazed at what tastes good.

Iced carrot & apple juice

For a refreshing drink packed full of vitamins and goodness, pour the juice over ice cubes or put in the juice and take to school, work or the gym so it’s still chilled when you are ready to drink!

3 carrots, washed

2 apples

1 orange, peeled

Ice cubes