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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • 30 m
  • 45 m
Diabetic Living Magazine
“Individual carrot cakes baked in cupcake liners have a smooth cream-cheese frosting.”

Ingredients

    • Nonstick cooking spray
    • 2¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
    • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
    • ¼ teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
    • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
    • ½ cup golden raisins
    • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1 cup granulated sugar (see Tips)
    • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
    • ¼ cup canola oil
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 cups coarsely shredded carrots
    • 1 to 2 oranges
    • 1 (8 ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), room temperature
    • Dash fine sea salt
    • ¼ cup powdered sugar (see Tips)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twenty-four 2½-inch muffin cups or forty-eight 1¾-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Coat bake cups with cooking spray.
  • 2 In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, allspice, and nutmeg. Add pecans and raisins; toss to coat. Make a well in center of flour mixture.
  • 3 In a medium bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar, applesauce, oil, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla. Add all at once to flour mixture; add carrots. Stir just until combined. Spoon about 2 Tablespoons batter into each prepared 2½-inch muffin cup or about 1 Tablespoon batter into each prepared 1¾-inch muffin cup.
  • 4 Bake 15 minutes for 2½-inch cups, 10 minutes for 1¾-inch cups, or until a toothpick comes out clean and sides start to pull away from pans. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans; cool completely on racks.
  • 5 Meanwhile, for frosting, remove zest and squeeze ¼ cup juice from one of the oranges. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Beat in orange zest and juice, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, and dash salt. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth.
  • 6 If desired, remove zest from remaining orange. Top cupcakes with frosting and orange zest.
  • Tips: If using granulated sugar substitute, choose Splenda(R) Sugar Blend. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 1 cup granulated sugar. Per serving with substitute: Same as below, except 170 calories, 20 grams carbohydrate (9 grams sugars).
  • We do not recommend using a sugar substitute for the powdered sugar.
  • To make ahead: Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days.
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