Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Carrot Cupcakes- Easter Special

  Hope you doing good! We had a beautiful, busy and entertaining weekend.  My daughter is big on festivities. Every holiday she likes to do something special be it either game or food.  I guess it's her age where she wants to share all the fun stuff with her friends.  She is always challenging me in her cutest way to bake or make a goody or two and now I secretly look forward to these challenges.  The egg hunt was our first fun factor for Easter and we declared it a huge success.  So Easter Sunday came and I surprised her with these cute cupcakes.  Her expression on seeing them was priceless and made all the effort worthwhile.  I knew I had won another challenge.  My toddler enjoys everything that his sister does.  Its like you hear an echo.  She makes an expression or says something and shortly my son will echo it.   


See those chocolate eggs on the top? Well, my son has a fetish for those cute fellows.  He ate all the chocolate eggs from the cakes and the rest of us had to do with just the nests :-)
Ingredients:

For cupcakes:

Unsalted Butter(at room temp)- 3/4 cup
Brown Sugar- 1/4 cup
Granulated white sugar - 3/4 cup
Eggs- 2
Yogurt- 1 Tbsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
Flour- 1 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1/2 tsp
Salt- 1/8 tsp
Cinnamon powder- 1 tsp
Nutmeg powder- 1/4 tsp
Walnuts chopped (optional)- 1/2 cup
Grated carrot- 1 1/2 cup


For Creamcheese frosting:

Cream cheese- 8oz, at room temp
Butter- 1/4 cup
Confectioner's sugar- 1 cup
Pure vanilla extract- 1tsp

For the nest and eggs:

Sweetened coconut flakes
Green food coloring
M&M peanut butter flavor/any egg shaped candies




Method:

1.Preheat oven to 375 degree F.
2.Grease or line the muffin tray with paper liners.
3.Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
4.Beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
5.Add the eggs one at a time and beat to mix in.
Add the vanilla extract and the yogurt and mix well.
6.Now fold in the wet mixture into the dry mixture alternately with the grated carrots and walnut.
7.Spoon into the muffin tray until the cups are 3/4th full.
8.Bake till the toothpick inserted comes out clean.This takes about 18-20 minutes.
9.Cool completely on a wire rack before you do the frosting.
10.Beat the cream cheese and butter well, till it gets soft.
11.Add the powdered sugar and beat well to mix in.
12.Add the vanilla extract and beat in.
13.Spoon onto the top of each cupcakes.
14.Take about 1/2 cup coconut flakes in a bowl and mix the green color.
15.Spoon this colored coconut flakes onto the top of frosting and place the egg candies.
16.Serve the nest and eggs to your loved ones :-)




Notes:

1.This recipe gives you 16-18 standard size cup cakes.
2.This tastes good even without frosting

Contributor: Namitha

66 comments:

  1. Kidu..ethu kandall aranu surprised akathe..Adipoli Dears...

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  2. cakes looks perfect n delicous dear,,,decoration are great on cake

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  3. Kids will surely love this one,so attractive and yummy...Simply loved the nest and eggs...

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  4. Wow!!! Kidu!!!! thirichu varattte ..njangal angottu varundu :)

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  5. Awesome cupcakes! Very beautiful and creative!

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  6. Namitha and sunitha

    Carrot cupcake looks really good. I am also planning to post carrot cake.

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  7. Wowo wish i had them right now. Love the way you have decoraterd them. So cute and delish.

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  8. Looks fantastic....excellent pic

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  9. i love the color... and its beautifully made

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  10. artistic , cute cupcakes..

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  11. Gulmohar, the cup cakes looks super yummy and what a great picture.

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  12. Awesome cakes Namitha....well decorated.

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  13. Those are some delicious looking cupcakes and I don't blame your son. Who could resist? Wish I had one now!

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  14. Colorful, yummy and cute cupcakes!! Brilliant pics too..

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  15. extremely cute colourful and tempting cup cakes.

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  16. Very cute, i hope ur l'ill ones had fun

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  17. Appealing cupcakes my taste bud is longing for that :) You should be so proud of your daughter n glad that they are having fun time at home.

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  18. The cupcakes are adorable. My daughter is big on festivities too. She's 22. I love that about her! I loved hearing that your son ate everyone's chocolate eggs!

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  19. They are so cute - my kids would love them and so would I.

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  20. These r Akku's fav..looks yummmm

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  21. That is a cute frosting and presentation apt to Easter

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  22. Wow Namitha..They have turned out absolutely perfect and look so adorable. Yes you have won this challenge...LOL. Ur right the kids when they enjoy what you make its Priceless..and so many enjoyable memories. Also glad to know we could be twin sisters as we have so many things in common....Awesome Clicks !!!!

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  23. Looks yummy cup cakes..Nice frosting..

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  24. Looks very nice and good choice to offer kids

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  25. Cutey cuppy cakes-love d adorable nests and eggs....

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  26. Cute and gorgeous cupcakes, looks prefect!!

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  27. OOOOOOooooooooooooooh looks so so cute and wonderful colors... perfect

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  28. Love these cupcakes! As much as making a giant carrot cake scares me to no end, I would sot hesitate to make these instead! Plus the decoration is fabulous and so easy!

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  29. Cup cakes are so cute,lovely and colorful.

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  30. What a Colorful Decoration ...Kids cant resist 4 sure !!

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  31. Interesting cupcake recipe. Very nice presentation and great recipe.

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  32. that's a wonderful way of celebrating easter Namitha!!!

    your cupcakes are so cute with those fetish chocolate eggs on top, lovely!!!

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  33. Eggs in a nest. Nice photos and recipe;.

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  34. so colourful..the kids surely gonna love it......

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  35. perfect easter recipe indeed! it was so cute reading about your kids, Namitha! i loved the chocolate eggs on the top too :)

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  36. belated easter wishes to you all.. hope u had a great one.. these tiny miny cupcakes are lovely.. love the eggs on top too

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  37. the most adorable springy cupcakes ever!!!your kids sound like mine...my toddler son imitates everything his older sister does or says...

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  38. This is awesome!! Very beautiful clicks.

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  39. Namitha,

    this looks so lovely and elegant! Its a suprise for me too..what a captivating photograph! Looks like your kids had happy holidaying! Good to know!

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  40. I love the grass! I'm so doing that next time I make grassy cupcakes. For my Easter cupcakes I just used green frosting--boring!

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  41. Really wonderful.Feels like having some now. Adiploly shot.

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  42. Awesome.... Just want to gulp them from here :)

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  43. Such pretty cupcakes!!! Please visit my blog and collect your award.

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  44. Fantastic ,colorful and too tempting! I know u would have got bored of hearing that your pics are lovely .But, yes fantastic pics. Keep rocking!!

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  45. Nice post 'm so doing that next time I make grassy cupcakes. For my Easter cupcakes I just used green frosting boring

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  46. Sooo perfect and delicious..

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  47. Awesome clicks and love the decoration

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  48. wow..they are so cute....i am sure ur kids had a fab time with them

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  49. what sweet cute and absolutely delicious loking cup cakes.Beautifully decorated.

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  50. These are lovely to look at and I'm sure delicious to taste. I love the festive spring colors you've used in your decorations. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  51. Your little ones sound too sweet :)...very pretty cupcakes Namitha...the icing looks so lovely...I am sure your kids must have had a good time this Easter :)

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  52. What pretty cupcakes! I bet they were scrumptious treats to eat with the cream cheese frosting. So funny - about your son!

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  53. glsd u had a great time with kids and yeah can imagine the excitment when the kids appreciate and enjoy the preparation :)
    Love the presentaion idea :) beautiful click as always and interesting to add carrots in cupcake,
    keep them coming
    TC

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  54. these cakes look so so gud..loved d idea of colored coconut flakes..decoration makes them look so inviting..

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  55. Looks beautiful and delicious. Carrot cake is always my favourite. I don't mind to have a few :D Thanks for sharing. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

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