Carrot cake is typically dense and flooded with fall flavors (allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg). These lemony carrot cupcakes are made for spring’s sunshine. They’re lighter than their fall counterparts and spiced with tangy crystallized ginger and honey. In keeping with carrot cake tradition, however, the spring carrot cupcakes are frosted with cream cheese frosting – this time with a splash of honey.
Yield: 14 Spring Carrot Cupcakes
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup honey
½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
¼ cup lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped carrots
¼ cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup honey
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
Mix in honey and butter until fully combined.
Mix in eggs one at a time.
Mix in lemon juice.
Fold in carrots.
Fold in crystallized ginger.
Fill cupcake liners ¾ full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
Mix in powdered sugar a little bit at a time.
Mix in honey.
Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.
Stefani Pollack is the author of the popular cupcake blog, Cupcake Project. While she loves simple chocolate cupcakes, Stefani prefers creative cupcakes inspired by her favorite flavor combinations. She encourages her readers to branch out and experiment in the kitchen. Why cupcakes? They bring out the kid in us! Visit Stefani at www.cupcakeproject.com.
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