Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Carrot Cupcakes

I know these have been done before in the blogosphere, but I just loved the idea of making mini fondant carrots.  Plus, this cupcake recipe is really moist and filled with yummy things like nuts, pinneapple and carrot.  When you make your own little fondant carrots, make sure to create realistic little indents on the carrot!







Ingredients for Cupcake
2/3 cup plain flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 walnuts, chopped
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup well-drained pieces pineapple, roughly diced
2 tbsp pinneapple juice

Method
Preheat oven to180 degrees.  Line a muffin pan with 12 cases.  Stir flour, sugar, bicarb soda, cinnamon and nuts together in a bowl until well combined.  In a separate bowl, stir toghether the oil, egg, vanilla, carrot, pinneapple and pineapple juice until well combined.  Add this wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir together well with a wooden spoon.  Divide mixture into 12 cases.  Bake for roughly 20 - 25 minutes or until cooked through.  Allow cupcakes to cool before icing.

Ingredients for Icing
250g cream cheese

1/2 cup icing sugar
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Method
Beat all ingredients together and then spread with a spoon onto the cooled cupcakes.  Now make the fondant carrots.

Ingredients for Carrots
150g white fondant
orange food dye
12 small pieces of rocket leaves

Method
Roll the white fondant out.  Add a few drops of orange food dye and knead until orange is completely spread through and dark enough.  Now cut a small piece of orange fondant to make 1 individual carrot, roughly 6cm wide square shape.  Roll this piece around in the palm of your hand.  Make a sausage shape, but squeeze the end so it is slightly sharper than the top.  Push the top down slightly with your thumb to make it slightly more 'square' shape than the pointed shape.  Now insert a skewer into the top of the carrot so you can stick 1 small rocket leaf inside (see picture below).  With your skewer lying horizontally, press it very lightly into the carrot to create realistic indent marks.  Gently place fondant carrot onto iced cupcake.  Serve.
Making the fondant carrot

45 comments:

  1. Wow, you did a beautiful job! Wishing you a happy Easter.

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  2. The carrots are so lovely done!! :) Good job...

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  3. I love the cupcake, so cute!

    Maria
    x

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  4. You are so clever. I think these little cakes with the carrots look amazing. Diane

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  5. J'adore les desserts aux carottes!!!

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  6. These are super cute Brittany!

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  7. Peu importe qu'ils aient été faits ou non, ils sont très mignons et ont l'air très bons!

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  8. Brittany, your fondant skills are amazing! What an adorable carrot. :)

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  9. Aw so cute!! The perfect way to attract Mr Easter bunny, he loves carrots and who doesn't like yummy cupcakes. Silliness aside they look great.

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  10. these are just adorable! what a perfect easter treat. and i LOVE carrot cake - yum!

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  11. your fondant skills are getting better and better! happy easter to you!

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  12. Who cares if they've been done before? :) I always love seeing others make them, and yours have turned out lovely!

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  13. I love playing with fondant too and I am thinking to make some Easter related cupcakes or cookies. We'll see, maybe tomorrow...:). The carrot looks adorable by the way :D).

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  14. I love your carrots, very cute! It did not take you long to master the fondant. You are quite the expert now:) Your cupcakes do sound delicious:)

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  15. I love the little carrots! Have a great Easter :)

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  16. I love carrot cupcakes & those fondant carrots are so adorable! Have a happy Easter!

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  17. Mmmmm! Carrot cake! My girls would just love these...especially with those cute carrots!

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  18. They look brill and I always think that the mini fondant carrots help to complete the look of a carrot cake / cupcake.

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  19. Your carrot looks really cute! You are getting very good with fondants. This is something that I must look into! Happy Easter, have a lovely Easter weekend!

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  20. Thanks Brittany for your support, it was very tempting to just duck in a bake a cake etc. but it is alot more satisfying now to bake something like the scrolls i have posted, yum yum!

    These carrots look so realistic. I agree, making your own is a must. I love the little indents on the carrot!!! Very clever!!! :)

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  21. I've not played with fondant--looks like fun. The cake recipe looks yummy. Have a great day,

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  22. Way back when I baked I made a yummy carrot cake with pineapple. It was divine as I 'm sure your precious cupcakes are. Love the carrot on top!
    V

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  23. And for the record, the cake is just something to hold the cream cheese frosting n'est-ce pas ? :)

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  24. Une carotte très appétissante. Bravo, très réussie.
    Bonnes fêtes et joyeuses Pâques.

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  25. Wow, you have a great blog! Thank you for visiting mine! Love the cupcakes, so cute, and I bet delicious!

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  26. These are adorable! Your fondant carrots are fabulous! Good carrot cake is a welcome treat here.

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  27. These look so pretty and sound lovely, Brittnay!
    I've been craving carrot cupcakes for some time now! The carrots are so cute- wonderful job!
    I hope you & your family have a very happy Easter!

    xx,
    Tammy

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  28. ils sont merveilleux et joliment présentés
    bravo et bonne soirée

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  29. These are a wonderful holiday treat. The cupcakes sound delicious and the fondant carrots take them to a whole nother level. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  30. Dear Brittany, These cupcakes are both festive for the Easter holiday and delicious. Have a wonderful blessed Easter. Catherine xo

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  31. You are very good at working with fondant...that fondant carrot looks so neat and cute atop the equally delicious looking carrot cupcake! Happy Easter to you and your loved ones Brittany:)

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  32. Good Morning Brittany,
    Your little Easter Carrot Cupcakes are just adorable and they look delicious. Thank you for sharing and Happy Easter!

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  33. Oh how I love carrot cake and the icing is even better! It is easy to convince yourself that you are eating healthy since there are vegetables and fruits involved!

    Those little carrots on top are adorable!

    Happy Easter, my friend,
    Genie

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  34. Bah! It is always a good reminder to your viewers how great classic cupcakes are. Your carrot is so beautifully decorated. Another great job on fondant!

    Happy Easter, Brittany!

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  35. Happy Easter! These are very cute! It doesn't matter if something has been done before.

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  36. I just started a blog hop and I'd love for you to come and link up one of your great recipes!!

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  37. These are just as cute as can be, and I love your use of the simple cream cheese icing. What could be better than a little carrot cupcake of your very own, beautifully decorated? It's just enough without being too much. Very nice job!

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  38. These look sooo cute I love them, Happy Easter! gloria

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  39. Oh my those little carrots are super cute! Happy Easter dear!

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  40. These little carrot cupcakes look so cute and sound just what I need to start the day with~

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  41. Easter was very sweet here too ... Those cupcakes are very tempting ...
    Helene

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  42. Love the baby carrots on your cupcakes. These must have been so delicious. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.

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