Friday, September 12, 2014

Mini Carrot Apple Cupcakes

These are fun and tasty cupcakes to bake with your little ones. Clearly, my son had a great time frosting them.
for the cupcakes:
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 packed cup brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup dried currants
1 small carrot, peeled and finely grated 
for the frosting:
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
For the cupcakes: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup mini muffin tins with mini baking papers.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl to blend. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in half of the dry ingredients, then the applesauce and apple juice. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the currants and grated carrot.
Drop 1 well-rounded tablespoon of batter into each paper liner. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.
For the frosting: Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipping cream in a deep medium bowl. Beat until the frosting is thick and smooth. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour until firm.
Frost each cupcake with 1 heaped teaspoon of the frosting. 

Source: Giada
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