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Recipe: Cream cheese frosted carrot cupcakes

Makes 18

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    These delicious cupcakes are popular in my adult and child classes. For children, I substitute the walnuts for the same quantity of sultanas. Custard powder might seem a strange ingredient to use in icing, but I find it gives a hint of vanilla without being overpowering, which can be the case with vanilla extract. I also love custard.
    Makes 18

    Ingredients

    ● 225g self-raising flour
    ● 1 tsp baking powder
    ● 1½ tsp ground cinnamon
    ● ½ ground ginger
    ● ¼ tsp salt
    ● 180g grated carrot
    ● 4 medium eggs
    ● 1 tsp vanilla extract
    ● 50g light brown sugar
    ● 180g golden caster sugar
    ● 250ml vegetable oil
    ● 50g walnuts, chopped

    For the cream cheese frosting
    ● 300g cream cheese
    ● 100g butter, soft
    ● 200g icing sugar
    ● 1 dsp custard powder
    ● 1 tbsp milk

    For the decoration
    ● White fondant icing
    ● Green and orange food colouring
    ● 25g walnuts

    Method

    ● Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cups.
    ● Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and spices in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, add the oil, vanilla extract and grated carrots
    ● Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture. Mix well but do not over beat
    ● Add the nuts.
    ● Pour the batter into the prepared muffin cups.
    ● Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until just firm to the touch
    ● Remove from the oven, wait five minutes then cool on a wire rack
    ● For the icing, dissolve the custard powder in the milk, then beat with the butter and cheese in a large bowl using a hand held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on a medium speed until smooth - about two minutes.
    ● Stop, scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula, and with the mixer on a low speed, gradually add the icing sugar for about 1-2 minutes until light, fluffy and creamy.
    ● When the cakes are cool spread the frosting on with a knife.
    ● Make your carrot or vegetable decorations.
    ● Enjoy.

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