Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cute Carrot Cup Cakes

I love my mom. So when she told me she didn't need me to bring dessert for her Mother's Day brunch last month, of course I didn't believe her. Instead, I surprised her with one of our long-time favorite recipes, in cupcake form!

This is a fabulously moist and fluffy carrot cake - perfect for a brunch, for Easter, for Mother's Day, or for any day! These tender little cakes will melt in your mouth - especially when you top them with classic cream cheese frosting.

Classic Carrot Cake
from my mom's friend Sue

1 1/3 cups oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups finely grated carrots (3-4 large carrots)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13" pan or 3 round layer pans or line 24 cupcake tins.

Blend oil and sugar. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Sift in the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the carrots. Pour batter into your prepared pans. For 9x13" pan, bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. For layers, bake 18-25 minutes. For cupcakes, bake 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool completely on racks before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick butter
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream all ingredients together until smooth. Ice completely cooled cakes as desired.

Pictures taken by my super-cute mom with her brand new camera,
a present from dad on Mother's Day!


Deals, Steals and Heels said...

omg, nate is going to FREAK when i surprise him with these soon!!

Maryanna said...

Oooh. I want one!

Kerstin said...

How sweet of you! I LOVE carrot cake - it's my absolute favorite!

BMK said...

Great surprise! They look really good.

Anonymous said...

how many grams is it actually for the 1 box of powdered sugar? btw i was searching the recipe for carrot cake on the internet n came across ur recipe, i've tried it already,n it was DELICIOUS!!! but the thing is the frosting was too sweet because i wasnt sure about the amount of powdered sugar to be used (in grams)
Thanks! =)

Ellie said...

Hi Anonymous!

! box of powdered sugar here is equal to 1 lb. by weight, which is 16 ounces. It is roughly equivalent to 3 1/2 - 4 cups of powdered sugar.

Hope this helps!



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