In any case, I stayed home from work today to keep an eye on Mayer - I was stressing myself out so I decided to bake/cook to calm my nerves. I've been meaning to try this simple cupcake recipe and I already had all the ingredients in my apartment so it perfect.
I made a few adjustments to this recipe - I added a little extra ginger (about 1/2 teaspoon) and a tad bit less sugar (about 1/4 cup) to the frosting. I also added walnuts to the carrot cake batter - I love the extra crunch and nuttiness (PS I hate the word "nutty"). I would probably add some nutmeg in the future as well.
In any case, here are some pics of the results - they are actually really pretty and you can decorate them however you want. I kept mine simple:
I gotta hand it to Epicurious - this is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Here is the recipe.. .enjoy!
Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Cream Cheese Icing
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups finely grated peeled carrots
- 1/4 cup drained canned crushed pineapple in juice
- 2 3-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line twelve 1/3-cup muffin cups with paper liners. Sift first 5 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl until well blended. Add dry ingredients to egg mixture in 2 additions, beating until well blended after each addition. Mix in carrots and pineapple. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full.
Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Turn cupcakes out onto racks and cool completely. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; store at room temperature.)
Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar and ginger; beat until fluffy and smooth. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature, then beat until fluffy before using.)
Spread top of each cupcake with scant 3 tablespoons Ginger-Cream Cheese Icing.