My friend Lily is moving away so I had to send her off with a treat. I love mini cupcakes and I love giving mini cupcakes. So, I decided on an apple/carrot spice flavor but you can’t taste the apple so I’m calling them Carrot Spice Cupcakes. I am so impressed with this recipe, as a first try. I would only change one thing, remove the nuts. The texture of the cupcakes is so light and tender that the crunch of nuts seems not to fit in. I will definitely be making these again (sans nuts).

Mini Carrot Spice Cupcakes
~makes about 40 mini cupcakes

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup packed shredded apple
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (chop smaller than usual)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick (Pam).
2. Beat eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the oil and vanilla, until completely blended. Mix in carrots and apple.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Fold the flour mixture into the carrot mixture until even. Do not over mix. Fold in walnuts.
4. Spoon into prepared muffin pan and bake for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
5. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before un-molding. Cool completely before frosting.

These cupcakes are so good on their own. I couldn’t stop eating them. I did add a cream cheese frosting (half the recipe will frost about 30 mini cupcakes), more for the look, to give to Lily, because a cupcake just doesn’t look complete without the little frosting hat.

Bye Lily, hope to eat with you again soon!

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