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Halloween Rich Carrot and Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Halloween is around the corner.As we know all children including Mishu love Halloween -Trick and Treating.I love Halloween because I can bake and bake whole month long until Christmas.Well,I have overripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter and I also have bunch of carrot tips turn black sitting in my fridge.What should I do with both of this fruit and vegetable?.Well,maybe I should bake something from this ,right? Ingredients:

2/3 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

4 tbsp plain yogurt

4 eggs

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 cup cashew nut-chopped

8 oz carrot -grated

1 banana-peeled and mashed

2 cup all purpose flour(sieved)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp baking soda

2 tbsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tbsp salt

Frosting:

4 oz cream cheese(soften)

1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

1 1/2 lb confectioners' sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp water/milk

1 tbsp meringue powder
Method:

1:Preheat the oven to350F/180C.Prepare cupcake liner over muffin pan.Beat butter,sugar,eggs ,yogurt and vanilla extract together in a bowl until pale or well .Beat in carrot,cashew nut and banana.

2:Sift in flour ,salt,baking powder,baking soda and cinnamon powder together and gradually beat into the batter.Pour into the the prepared cupcake liner.Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes or until firm and a fine skewer inserted into the center comes our clean.

3:Removed the cupcakes from muffin pan,and let's cool down completely on cooking rack before frosting.How to make frosting:

1:In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and water or milk; beat well. Gradually add sugar,one cup at a time beating well on medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When all sugar has been mixed in, if icing is dry, add additional water or milk and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

2:Used any Star tip with pipping to decorate the icing.Then top with some Halloween sprinkle.

Yield 15 medium size cup cakes.

Note :

I adapted this recipe from "The Home Baker-Rich Carrot Cake" but changed few ingredients to suit my taste and product availability at home.For eg: walnut to cashew nut,sunflower oil to butter,omit lemon juice and lemon zest,omit oatmeal,omit extra egg yolk and reduced sugar in the cakes.I like my cupcakes version better,it's soft,moist and not too sweet carrot cupcakes!


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10 comments:

Kevin said...
October 4, 2008 at 2:45 PM

Those look nice and moist and sound really good. I like the thick layer of frosting as well. :)

noobcook said...
October 5, 2008 at 12:17 PM

your cupcakes look amazing and so adorable. When, oh when (if ever), can I bake like this? :D

Little Corner of Mine said...
October 5, 2008 at 6:42 PM

Glad you are back! And what a cute cupcakes! I never prepare anything special for Halloween. :P

Mochachocolata Rita said...
October 5, 2008 at 10:36 PM

i plan to do something with pumpkin...cliche, eh?

but i've failed so many times, i plan to succeed this time hehe

tigerfish said...
October 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

Pretty cupcakes :)

Ning said...
October 6, 2008 at 2:17 AM

Carrot cupcakes sounds healthy! and your icing looks yummy, too! (we just love cream cheese frostings!) and the halloween decor looks cute! were those ready-made?

Beachlover said...
October 6, 2008 at 3:48 AM

kevin:
Thank you:p

noobcook:
Actually baking is not really hard as long as you understand the measurement!

LCOM:
Thank you for the note at my the other blog.I screw up my feed!lol!.I think it's fun to do some halloween baking for your gals.

Rita:
I have confident in you! U will get it this time!

tigerfish:
Thnak you:))


ning:
Thank you:).yes those sprinkles are from Wilton's.U can get it in any store like Walmart or craft store.

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.