September 17, 2006

Carrot Cupcakes

Got a hangover? Indulge in some retail grocery therapy and bake cupcakes! That's what I did on Saturday.

I went to a birthday party at Kublai's last Friday night straight after a 9pm meeting at work. I had a long day and was really looking forward to unwinding with a couple of drinks. Well, it wasn't just a "couple" of drinks for me, but three. Three Cubaba Libres (no, that isn't a typo - that's Kublai's take on a double rum & coke served in massive glasses) and a few sips of the deadly Double Side of Khan (an even deadlier concoction served in fish-bowl sized glasses which is their signature drink. What's in it? More like, what's not in it!). Anyway, I had a blast! Eventually, I had to drag my butt home at 3 am.

I didn't have a massive headache or anything the next day, but I felt spent and my tummy was queasy. That night just drained my energy somehow and I didn't feel like doing anything or going anywhere. I just wanted to veg out in my room and curl up with a book. Which I did the entire morning and the early part of the afternoon. Then I got restless and drove to the grocery for some retail therapy. I bought some Japanese sweet corn and carrots for the cupcakes I wanted to bring to the afternoon barbecue my sister had planned on Sunday.

Late-night baking on the weekends seems to be the norm for me lately. Baking at this time is a little easierI guess because there are less people milling around the kitchen. Rusty is also calmer towards the end of the day so he's less likely to try and steal anything from the kitchen counter or worse gnaw at my feet under the table like they're his personal chew toys.

Carrot Cupcakes
adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book (12th ed)

4 beaten eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional but of course I included it)
1/2 tsp baking soda
3 cups finely shredded carrots, lightly packed
3/4 cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350 deg.

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. Then in a medium bowl combine the eggs, carrots, and oil. The carrots need to be finely shredded so they don't sink to the bottom of the pan during baking.

Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir well.

Line your muffin pans with cupcake liners (or grease the pans if not using liners) and pour the batter in. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near centers come out clean. Cool the cupcakes on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. When cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and store in the refrigerator until it's served. This recipe yields 19 cupcakes.

For the cream cheese frosting:

1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter softened
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups sifted powdered sugar

Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating well. Add more powdered sugar until you reach your desired spreading consistency.

This cream cheese frosting recipe makes 4 cups because it was originally intended to frost an entire cake. So it would be a good idea to scale it down as you won't need this much for all the cupcakes. But if like me, you're a sucker for cream cheese frosting go ahead and make the entire recipe. You can always store the leftover and use it on that banana bread you plan to make soon. :)


Mila Tan said...

Look at that icing! Next time you get your late night baking urges, call us up for guinea pig tasting!

Garrett said...

I was just thinking about making carrot cupcakes! I was thinking of making a sort of ginger flavored buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Yum yum! Wonderful pics btw!

christine said...

Mila, that's not a bad idea. Maybe we can have a bakefest one night. :)

Garrett, ginger flavored buttercream frosting? That sounds so good! I don't think I've ever had anything with that on top. Thanks! :)

Garrett said...

I got your note, but your college bound niece check out the dining guide I have on my blog.
The top 3 places to eat in Davis are:
Thai Nakkorn
Mishka's Coffee

Ironically, I have yet to review any of them...

Katrina said...

That was the first thing I noticed too -- the smooth, shiny frosting melting down the side of the cupcake! I could just lick it off the screen!

rowena said...

Yay! I finally got to take a peek at Rusty and he sure IS a handsome dog! What a sweetie.

Carrot cupcakes sound like a good way to start the work week, just look at that icing...YUM!

Senor Enrique said...

These great pictures are just making me want to take a bite right off my display panel :)

christine said...

Duh! Garrett, sorry. I forgot about that section in your blog. Thanks for the reco, I'll send these to her as well as the link to your blog. :)

Katrain & Eric, I've tried that. The dental expenses aren't worth it, and neither is the cost to repair the screen. :)

Rowena, he is really such a sweetie and such a character! I love him to bits! :)

elna said...

Looks so yummy! Will try your recipe sometime. Btw, the ratatouille came out really good. Thanks!

Garrett said...

Ooh, I finally got you on my blogroll! Sorry for my laziness.

christine said...

Yay Elna! I'm so glad you liked it. :)

Garrett,thanks! I'm guilty of the same laziness, not to worry. Prior to today, I hadn't updated my blogroll in ages.

Ginny said...

Hey sis, the cupcakes were heaven. We want more! Please make again and make extra frosting and put it in a tub for us to eat with a spoon. hehe. It's got to be the best frosting yet that i've tried.

christine said...

Thanks Gins! It was my first time to try this recipe and I loved it too. I have to make some more because Rina wants to try and Jerrie tried it and wants more. So I'll make a batch for you with extra frosting. :)

Lori said...

That cream cheese swirl -- beeyootiful, Nens!

christine said...

Thanks Lori! I'm quite happy with how that photo came out. And that frosting is as good as it looks! :)