Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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So for Father’s day I decided to make my dad Carrot Cake Cupcakes since Carrot Cake is one of his favorites.  These cupcakes came out amazing and I think they are my best cupcakes to date!  I got the original recipe here, however I altered it slightly because I don’t use as much sugar as a lot of recipes call for.  I usually use about half the sugar.  Since I was in such a rush to make these with the blogger meetup being on Saturday, I couldn’t take pictures of me making these, but I promise you I did follow the below recipe and made them myself.  Also they even taste good without icing.
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups of sugar (I used 1)
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

For the frosting:
  • ¾ pound cream cheese at room temperature
  • ½ pound unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound confectioner’s sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
    I usually wait to do this because my oven heats up really quickly.
  2. Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla in a bowl of an electric mixer.  Add the eggs 1 at a time.  In another bowl, add the flour cinnamon,
    baking soda, and salt.  With the mixer on
    low speed, add ½ of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Add the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts
    to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter.  Mix until just combined.
  3. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.  Scoop the batter ¾ full.  Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.  The recipe calls to reduce the oven
    temperature to 350 and bake for another 35 minutes but I don’t like dry
    cupcakes so I left it as is.  A few of them were still a little raw so those were put back in for a few minutes later on but the rest of them came out just fine.
  4. For the frosting add the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla
    in a bowl then later add the sugar and beat until smooth.

   

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