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Approved by my boyfriend and family (even my brother, who doesn’t like carrot cake).
Makes about 28 cupcakes. Could make more if you don’t eat the batter like I do.
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil
4 cups (approx. 1 lb) carrots freshly shredded
Line cupcake pan or baking cups with paper liners. Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda; mix well.
In a large bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer until foamy; add oil in a thin stream and beat well.
Add flour mixture to egg mixture one cup at a time; mix well before adding the next one. Add carrots.
Fill the cupcake pans or cups up to two thirds. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool cucpakes in pan on cooling rack for 5-8 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan; cool completely.
These were made for my boyfriend, hence the heart-shaped sprinkles. As you can see, some of them have cream cheese frosting, but I’m not posting the recipe because I wasn’t satisfied with the taste and the consistency (I was expecting to decorate the cupcakes with roses and swirls and ruffles; so much for that). As soon as I find a better frosting recipe, I’ll be more than happy to post it, along with pictures of my ruffled cupcakes.
Music recommendation: The Postal Service
Just when I thought Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard couldn’t get any more awesome, I stumbled upon his side project, The Postal Service. For this new band, Gibbard teamed up with electronic artist Jimmy Tamborello. The result is indie electropop, softened by Gibbard’s vocals. I’m late to the party though. The Postal Service released their debut album, Give Up, in 2003, and never released a second one. This year, they’re releasing a deluxe edition of Give Up. In the lesser tracks, they just sound like a Death Cab For Cutie remix. But more often than not, The Postal Service has a charm of its own.