CARROT CAKE MUFFINS WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
 
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1⅓ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots (less than 1 pound)
For the frosting
  • ¾ pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ½ pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
carrot decoration
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated or shaved carrots
  • 3 tablespoons good maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  3. Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
  4. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add ½ of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  6. Add the grated carrots to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter.
  7. Mix until just combined.
  8. Line muffin pans with paper liners.
  9. Scoop the batter into 22 muffin cups until each is ¾ full.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and cook for a further 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool on a rack.
  12. When the cupcakes are cool, frost them generously and serve.
Frosting
  1. Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until smooth.
For carrot decoration:
  1. Melt butter in pan.
  2. Add carrots and syrup for a few mins.
  3. Place a small bunch on top of cupcakes!
Recipe by Hugs and Cookies XOXO at https://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/carrot-cake-muffins-with-cream-cheese-frosting/