Carrot Cupcakes & Family Parties

Carrot Cupcakes & Family Parties

As much as I love Autumn, my relationship to Winter is a tad more ambivalent. You see I love Christmas, but apart from that I don’t do well with the shorter days, too much darkness for me. That is why I like to look back to warmer, sunnier times. Back in June, when the days where still long and the leaves still green, we threw Elliot a naming party for friends and family, with lots of delicious homemade goodies, amongst those Carrot Cupcakes.

Carrot cupcakes and family celebrating

Seeing as we live in England and all of my family is in Denmark, I really wanted to bring all the family together, Brits and Danes, and celebrate the newest addition to the clans. Neither me or J are especially religious, so a christening was quickly ruled out. A naming party seemed more in tune with what we envisioned. I wanted the party to be relaxed, like a garden party, no sitting at a long table having to hear one speech after the other. Just a get together, where our familes had a chance to get to know each other.

Family celebrating
Flying fun with Daddy

My vision was to create a Buffet inspired by the classical British Afternoon Tea. We ended up with 3 different sandwiches, fruit sticks and veggie finger foods. On the sweet side there was brownies, mini Carrot Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip cookies.

Carrot Cupcakes
A Buffet of Treats

All easily managed without needing knife and fork. I thought I’d share the recipe for the Carrot Cupcakes as they where quite the hit with big and small.

Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes

  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 dl Oil (taste Neutral – so NOT Olive Oil)
  • 200g of Sugar
  • 50g Brown Sugar
  • 1,5 tsp of Vanilla powder
  • 250g Plain White Flour
  • 2 tsp Bicarbonate Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 0,5 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 250g grated carrots
  • 100g finely chopped Walnuts

Frosting

  • 100g Butter
  • 225g Neutral Cream Cheese
  • 300g Icing Sugar
  • seeds of 1 Vanilla Pod

Preheat the oven to a 185 Degrees C Fan. Whisk together  eggs, Sugar, brown Sugar. Slowly add the oil. Add the dry ingredients, mix together. Finally add the Carrot and Walnut. Fill the mix 3/4 the way up in a cupcake baking tray. Bake for approx 20min or until surface is golden brown. While the cupcakes cool, whisk together frosting ingredients. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and Voila. If you’re feeling extra creative decorate the cupcakes with little Fondant Carrots.

If you’re feeling time deprived, but in desperate need of a homebaked treat this Caramel Hazelnut Tart is super easy, but so delicious. Enjoy the Baking!

 

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22 thoughts on “Carrot Cupcakes & Family Parties

  1. Carrot cake is one of my favourites and these look yummy Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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