Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carrot and Orange Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The summery climate is slowly starting here in Australia; whilst across the other side of the world you are saying your goodbyes to autumn.  So, in honour of both these seasons I turned to my carrot and orange cupcakes.  I really believe they are perfect for either season; there's that hint of summery orange tempered with that typical autumn combination of carrot, nuts and warm spices.  The cupcakes themselves are delicious and satisfying.  I love how fluffy they are, I love the spices, oh and I also love that contrasting texture when you crunch into a walnut.  Makes 16

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 generous tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
80g walnuts, chopped
2 eggs
3/4 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cup grated carrot (ie. 2 lge carrots)
2 1/2 tbsp fresh orange juice
1 tsp lemon zest

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting
250g lite cream cheese
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 - 1 1/2 tbsp fresh orange juice (or lemon juice)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
+ little decorative umbrellas

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan-forced) and line enough patty cases for 16.  In a bowl, place the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and nuts.  Mix until combined well.  In a seperate bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar until pale and creamy.  Pour in the oil and mix until well combined.  Add carrots, orange juice and lemon zest. Mix to combine.  Pour wet ingredients into dry; mix together until just combined; avoid overmixing.  Pour into cases and bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool before topping with cream cheese frosting.  To make frosting, beat cream cheese with electric mixer until spreadable consistency.  Add in all of the icing sugar.  Allow to combine slightly, and then add the orange juice (or lemon juice, whatever you prefer).  Spread onto cool cakes and top them with little spoonfuls of shredded coconut.  Insert umbrella into cupcakes for decorative flare. Serve.

29 comments:

  1. It's summer there? Ha no fair! It's really really cold and snowy where I live. Cute cupcakes! I love the umbrella and coconut on top.

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  2. Oh My these look delicious! I am on weight watchers at the moment after my trip but would dive into these in a heart beat....xmmmm

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  3. sounds delicious! both are my fave combo!

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  4. What a lovely combination - orange would be a beautiful addition to carrot cake. Love your presentation too!

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  5. Your cupcakes looks beautiful and cute with the umbrella! Love the flavour of orange!

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  6. It has been fun to browse through your blog so far Brittany. My own daughter is in university to become a dietician.

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  7. They look lovely! And so lovely that they're cross-continental. May I ask where abouts you live in Australia?

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  8. Han de estar muy ricos...la combinación naranja-zanahoria...muy rica.
    Y el glaseado delicioso.
    muchos besos

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  9. These are really lovely! I'll wager they taste as good as they look. I love to visit here. You always have something delicious to share with us. I hope you have had a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  10. I haven't made carrot "anything" recently. This recipe looks just right with the walnuts, in it, and I have to add it to my baking list. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Debo confesar que anteriormente intente hacer una receta parecida a esta, y no se si por mi horno funcionaba no muy bien o que fue, pero salieron muy mal. Pero las que tu hiciste se ven super buenas! :D Me han encantado, y volvere a intentarlas hacer con tu receta :D
    Saludossssss

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  12. Mon dieu!
    Ce n'est pas vrai? Il est très magnifique.
    Pourrais-je demander quelque chose?!
    Oui.. :D D'acccord. Est-ce que tu parles français ou anglais, en principe?
    Si tu écris français toujours, je n'aurai rien contre.
    Mais, s'il te plaît, quand je fais une boulette, me dis.. (?)
    Parce que j'aime la France, et je voudrais pouvoir parler français bien. Ce serais mon rêve.
    Beaucoup de bisous,

    xx, Jana du petit fournil de paris

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  13. ooh these look so cute! Carrot and orange is definitely a winning combination :)

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  14. Mmm, what an interesting combination! I've paired cream cheese with a lot of flavors, but never orange. I'll have to try it!

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  15. I've never tried carrot and orange together before but now I'm thinking about it, it seems a very good combo of flavours! Thanks for the recipe ;0)

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  16. Just visiting via One Perfect Bite. Keep that French up you are at the right age to learn and become fluent. My nephew who lives in Sydney is taking French now at Uni after spending his gap year in France. He is speaking extremly well. We partly moved to France in 2006 and hopefully next year we will make it permanent when my husband retires. My husband learnt at school, and his French is fairly good even with a lapse of several years. I only started learning when in my 60's and I am finding it very difficult, never the less I have many French friends and somehow we manage to understand each other. It is a wonderful country and I am so looking forward to making it my permanent home. Best of luck in your studies.

    Love those cupcakes. Diane

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  17. Great combo and looks yummy, love the frosting too...

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  18. I love carrot cake, and cream cheese icing too! You are right about saying goodbye to fall--we had freezing rain yesterday, so I need a whole different type of umbrella...and a hat too! Congratulations on your graduation--looking forward to lots more delicious recipes like this.
    :)

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  19. I have been craving carrot cake lately and these make it even more special. You have made these so enchanting. I love the cream cheese frosting and orange. Yum.

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  20. Those umbrellas are so adorable and with the carrot and orange, I can consider this a healthy treat right? ;p

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  21. mmm!! that frosting looks finger lickin good!
    xx
    Dianne

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  22. How incredibly thoughtful of you to think about your foodies across the continants. Yes, it's true...I too think of that when I choose my selections for postings. Unfortunately and understandably...doesn't always work out that way...sigh.

    Brittany...I've got those little parasols too and now you've inspired me to use them even though our winter is approaching.

    Yum on the carrot and orange combo;o))

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

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  23. Oh, étonnants, des petits cupcakes à la carotte ! Ils sont toujours trés beaux...
    I love cupcakes ! So cute...

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  24. Those look great! Wonderful flavors. I wish it was summer here too. These cupcakes are perfect for the summer and anytime:)

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  25. Che carine queste cupcakes Cara,complimenti mi piacciono un sacco!!! ;-)
    Un kiss:-*

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  26. ils sont beaux et très parfumés ces cupcakes
    un vrai régal pour les papilles et les pupilles
    bonne soirée

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  27. Ils superbes ma belle Brittany! Je suis un peu en retard car je suis plutôt occupée ces temps-ci avec un de mes gamins qui se fait opérer bientôt mais comme tu vois, je suis ton blog avec assiduité. Je me sauve donc avec cette belle recette. À bientôt, ton amie Caroline B. xxx

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  28. It is 22F here today...winter has definitely set in, but seeing the pretty umbrella on your cupcake makes it feel just a tiny bit better. I love cream cheese frosting, especially when it's spiked with citrus. Yum!

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  29. I'm so glad you found my blog. Sorry it's taken me forever to come visit yours. Feel like reading your 'about' was reading about myself. I studied biochemistry for 1 1/2 years on my way to become a clinical dietitian (ended up changing paths). I also have an almost obsessive fascination with France. Hope to retire there one day. Fingers crossed.

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