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    Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    Crushed pineapple, pecans, and grated carrots make these cupcakes super-moist with a craveable texture. Homemade cream cheese frosting is a must for this classic!I had no plans to make another version of carrot cake this year. I’d already baked a rabbit-shaped carrot sheet cake just before Easter, so I’d already crossed it off my spring baking checklist. But then I received the most beautiful bunch of organic rainbow carrots in my produce delivery box. I subscribe to a service that ships imperfect organic fruits and vegetables, and I have yet to receive something that looks anything less than scrumptious. It’s really been nice during this time at home to have fresh vegetables. It’s the first thing we run out of, and getting a shipment every two weeks keeps us eating well.
    This will sound silly, maybe, but receiving this surprise supply of rainbow carrots really lifted my spirits! It’s the little things. I couldn’t wait to grate them up! Of course you don’t have to have rainbow carrots for these cupcakes – orange is, and will always be, the gold standard.
    There’s a whole bunch of food writers with different opinions on the proper size of grated carrot for carrot cake. I’ve never thought much about it, really. I just use the largest holes on my box grater for wide but feathery pieces of carrot. You can make them whatever size you wish, as long as they are thin enough to bake to soft consistency in the oven.
    Fill the cupcake papers about 3/4 full. The baked cupcakes won’t have a big crown on top because they are packed with all those carrots and pineapple.
    You can’t beat a classic – and there’s no better topping for carrot cake than homemade cream cheese frosting!The frosting is so lovely and soft, it’s best dolloped on top of the cupcakes using a spoon. If you create a little divot in middle of the icing, it makes a nice pocket for a sprinkle of chopped pecans (see my technique in the video!).
    These little cakes are so soft and moist with the occasional pocket of carrot and chopped pecans. It’s pretty much everything you want from classic carrot cake, and it’s not a bad way to get in a daily dose of fruits and veggies! (Wink.)Happy baking!

    Carrot Cake CupcakesYields 12-14 cupcakesCakes1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour1 cup (200g) granulated sugar1 teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon fine grain salt3/4 cup (6 oz.) vegetable oil2 eggs, lightly beaten1 cup (100g) finely grated carrot2/3 cup (130g/4.5 oz) well-drained crushed pineapple1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped pecansFrosting1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature7 tablespoons (98g) unsalted butter, room temperature3 cups (340g) confectioners’ sugar2 tablespoons milk or cream1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup (2 oz.) chopped pecansPreheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake papers.In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the oil, eggs, and grated carrot. Stir until just combined. Add the pineapple and nuts; fold together until all mix-ins are well dispersed.Fill cupcake papers 3/4 full and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until the cakes spring back when pressed in their centers (or use a toothpick tester – it should come out clean when done). Let the cakes cool in the pans 5 minutes (cakes are very moist, so they will be soft). Remove cakes to a wire rack to cool completely.For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese and butter. Add the confectioner’s’ sugar and beat to combine. Add cream as needed to thin the mixture. Beat in the vanilla extract. Whip until the frosting is smooth.Using a spoon, dollop a generous portion of frosting on top of the cupcakes and swirl a divot into the frosting with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and serve!Store cupcakes in an air-tight cupcake keeper, or cover loosely with plastic wrap.
    link Carrot Cake Cupcakes By Heather Baird Published: Saturday, April 25, 2020Saturday, April 25, 2020Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe LEGGI TUTTO

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    Silver Lining Cupcakes

    These cupcakes are brimming with rainbow confetti sprinkles and taste just like vanilla birthday cake! A pocket of sunny pineapple filling is the surprise inside.I made these cupcakes in January, and for some reason I never got around to posting them here. For one reason or another the timing just didn’t feel right. Little did I know that in the coming months, silver linings would be in high demand. I know we’ve all been looking for them after reading the frightening and grim headlines that crowd our news feeds. But I’ve learned that if you look hard enough for the silver lining on the cloudiest day, you’ll find one. You just have to look with a thankful heart.Now feels like the right time to post this reminder, and it’s always a good time for cupcakes! Does the world need yet another confetti/funfetti cupcake? Always! There are a few other recipes documented here on the blog (here’s a recipe for just 3 cupcakes!), but this one is a little different because it has a tropical, sunny surprise inside.
    White sour cream cake batter does a good job of suspending lots of sweet rainbow confetti sprinkles throughout the cupcakes. An easy and tasty pineapple cake filling can be made by using a can of crushed pineapple. You may have some leftover after filling these cupcakes, but you’ll want to save it for an ice cream sundae topping!
    I had so much fun making some very simple cloud toppers from gum paste and circle cutters of various sizes (from this set). You’ll essentially just trim large and small gum paste circles to fit together, with a light brushing of water for the adhesive. When all the circles are assembled, cut the bottoms flat and allow them to dry.
    The clouds will need to dry overnight to become rigid. When they are firm, a light brush of corn syrup over the top edges of the clouds will hold on some edible silver leaf. It’s really hard to capture how pretty the silver sparkled. The clouds glittered in the light.I found the CUTEST sprinkles, which are sold in-store at Michael’s and online (although currently OOS). They are from Sweet Tooth Fairy, and among the crunchy rainbow jimmies in the mix you’ll find cloud-shaped confetti. I am having all kinds of heart eyes for these!
    The toppers stand upright easily in a tall mound of sky blue frosting. OH, and if you’re making Silver Lining Cupcakes the perfect cupcake papers are silver foil – right?! I thought so, too.

    Confetti cupcakes are already pretty cheerful, but these are extra cheery with sunny pineapple filling and tropical flavor. Make them when you need an extra ounce of happy in your life.Well wishes to all of you!

    Silver Lining Cupcakes(Confetti Cupcakes with Pineapple Filling)Yields 126 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (85g) sour cream3 egg whites1 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt6 tablespoons milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup confetti sprinklesPreheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a cupcake pan with silver foil cupcake liners and set aside.In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add sour cream and mix until well combined. Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing until well combined after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to be sure all the ingredients are well incorporated.Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl, then combine milk and extract together in a small measuring cup. Add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add the milk mixture and mix until well blended. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that all the ingredients are well incorporated. Fold in the sprinkles.Fill the prepared pan and bake for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in the pan about 5 minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.Pineapple filling3 tablespoons cornstarch1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar1/2 teaspoon salt1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple in its own juice3 tablespoons unsalted butterIn a medium saucepan, whisk together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Stir in the crushed pineapple with juice. Cook over medium heat until the mixture bubbles, stirring constantly. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the butter. Let cool slightly then transfer to a bowl and let chill in the refrigerator. Cool completely before using.Cut a divot from the centers of each cupcake and fill with a spoonful of the cooled pineapple filling. Trim cut out pieces flat and replace on top of the filled cakes.Sky blue buttercream frosting and décors1 cup (226g) unsalted butter, softened5 cups (570g) confectioners’ sugar1 tsp vanilla extractSky blue gel food colorMilk or heavy cream, optional1 cup rainbow sprinkles (jimmies)Cloud cupcake toppers (see blog post for pictorial)Star confetti sprinkles, or fondant starsIn a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar. Begin on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.Add vanilla extract and beat again for another minute. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency. Fold in sky blue food color a little at a time until a vivid blue color is achieved. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large French decorator piping tip.Pipe swirls of frosting on top of the filled cupcakes and immediately top with rainbow sprinkles. Stand a cloud cupcake topper upright in the piped frosting. Garnish with stars. Serve cakes immediately. Refrigerate leftovers in an air-tight container. Bring cupcakes to room temperature before serving.
    link Silver Lining Cupcakes By Heather Baird Published: Thursday, April 16, 2020Thursday, April 16, 2020Silver Lining Cupcakes Recipe LEGGI TUTTO