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Winter carrot cupcakes
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Winter carrot cupcakes

By itaglish (GoodFood Community)
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
  • Easy
  • Makes Pieces
Moist and spongy, with the linseed adding a delicious little crunch. Cream cheese frosting is carrot cake's perfect companion, rounding off the spicy flavours with a smooth vanilla finish.


  • The cupcakes
  • 1.25 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.25 cups ground nut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp Sicilian orange extract
  • 1.25 cups oat and linseed flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 150 g grated carrots
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • The frosting
  • 1.5 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp light cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • STEP 1
    Heat the oven to 170 oC.
  • STEP 2
    Place the sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla and orange extracts into a large mixing bowl. Beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Slowly sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, all the spices and the salt into the mixture. Mix until you reach a silky texture.
  • STEP 3
    Carefully stir in the grated carrots, orange and lemon zests, milk and redcurrant jelly until all the ingredients are fully mixed in.
  • STEP 4
    Gently spoon the mixture into mini cupcake moulds, and place in the oven to bake for 12-15 minutes until gold and spongy.
  • STEP 5
    Remove for the oven and let cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then turn the cupcakes out onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  • STEP 6
    For the frosting
  • STEP 7
    Beat the butter and cream cheese in a bowl until well incorporated. Slowly sift in the icing sugar. Beat thoroughly until you reach a firm consistency - the frosting should be light and fluffy. Cover and chill in the fridge until required.
  • STEP 8
    Gently spoon a thin layer of frosting onto the cupcake, smoothing with the back of a spoon. Decorate to your liking.
  • STEP 9
    Top tip: Squeeze any excess liquid out of the grated carrots, or your cupcake mixture will be too runny!

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