Sunday, December 23, 2012

Perfect birthday cupcakes

I made myself birthday cupcakes this year, and they were perfect.

Carrot cupcakes.
Crushed pineapple and five spice powder were the secret ingredients.
Creamcheese frosting
Rum raisins

Best birthday gift to myself. Ever.

Perfect carrot cupcakes

1.5 cups vegetable oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
2.5 cups flour
1 lb carrots (2 cups grated)
6 oz crushed pineapple
2 tbpsn. brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
3 tspn five spice powder
1 tspn ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda'

3 tbspn brown raisins
4 oz your favorite rum

2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp grated orange grind
1 tbspn milk

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. blend corn oil, sugar, vanilla and eggs. beat until fluffy. 
3. add crushed pineapple to wet mixture
4. in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon
5. over low heat, add carrots and brown sugar. cook over low heat for 5-7 minutes, until carrot is softened and sugar forms a light syrup
6. slowly add wet mixture to dry mixture and mix to combine.Add carrots and mix well. 
7. add to a greased cake pan and bake at 330-350 for about 1 hours until outside is browned and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
8.  Mix raisins with rum in a small bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Let sit and cool for 1 hour
9.  While cupcakes are cooling, make icing. cream together all ingredients until well blended and no clumps remain. Refrigerate for at least1 hour. 
10. After cupcakes have cooled, top with icing and rum raisins!

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