Friday, February 20, 2009

Carrot Cupcakes

40.  Here is a great Carrot Cake recipe from my favorite cookbook, 
This comes from The White Swan Inn, San Francisco, CA.
It is to be baked in a 13x9x2½ inch pan but I made cupcakes instead. 
I just decreased the baking time in half and they turned out wonderful!
I also eliminated the frosting and made my own cream cheese
frosting (recipe follows).  I always seem to change up recipes to 
my liking...just me I guess.

Four Sisters Carrot Cake
The American Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook

2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
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3 eggs
¾ cup oil
¾ cup buttermilk (or milk with a ¼ tsp of vinegar)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
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1 8-oz can crushed pineapple, drained and squeezed
2 cups grated carrots
 3½ oz of coconut
2 cups chopped nuts
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1 cup sugar
½ baking soda
½ cup buttermilk
½ cup butter
1 tsp corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift flour, 2 tsp baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs.  Add oil,  ¾ cup buttermilk, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup sugar, and 2 tsp vanilla, mixing well.  Add in the dry ingredients, blending thoroughly.  Mix in the pineapple, carrots, coconut and nuts.  Pour into a greased and floured 13x9x2½ inch pan.  Bake in a 350º oven for 55 minutes (or till center springs back to the touch).
To make frosting, using a large saucepan, mix together 1 cup sugar, ½ tsp baking soda, ½ cup buttermilk, butter, and corn syrup.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 1 tsp vanilla.  Pour over the hot cake.   Serves 16.
Lilly's Cream cheese Frosting Recipe

1 8oz pkg cream cheese at room temperature
4 Tblsp butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Blend together cream cheese and butter till smooth, slowly add sugar and vanilla and whip for 2 minutes till smooth.

"If God had intended us to follow recipes,
He wouldn't have given us grandmothers."
~ Linda Henley

1 comment:

Raggedy Girl said...

We were just discussing, last night, that cup cakes are the new hot thing. And yours are so yummy looking.

Happy Saturday to you...
from Roberta Anne


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