Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Hey Hey and Happy Hump Day everyone! Today I wanted to bring you one of my family's favorite recipes. I've mentioned on here before that I'm from a big family. Big families=eating at home a lot! Growing up my parents were always making these huge meals for the seven kids and now there's numerous in-laws and grandkids added in. So needless to say, they are pretty darn amazing when it comes to cooking.

There are some things my parents make that no one in the world can even come close to duplicating! They make these "Everything Brownies" that have all kinds of yummy sweets in them...the recipe is literally never the same. They just throw in goodness until they are happy and they are always so delicious. They make this cheesy enchilada casserole that everyone completely devours! I mean I think I've had dreams about it it's that good. Another huge favorite when the family gets together is my Dad's (should be) famous carrot cake. Being from a big family, birthdays are done a little different. On your birthday you get to pick what is served for dinner, no matter how weird (one year I did tacos and mashed potatoes), and you get to pick your own cake (I don't like cake all that much so I do the Everything Brownies). My Dad's carrot cake is requested more than anything else.

So as I was walking through my local Meijer the other day I came across these:
 Please excuse my fluffy little photo bomber! That's my puppy Zen...he wanted to say hi.
Isn't he the cutest little pup you've ever seen?!?! I'm pretty much obsessed with him! Anyway, so when I saw these sprinkles I was instantly reminded of my Dad's carrot cake and just had to buy them. Since I'm a big fan of keeping family recipes strictly in the family, I won't be sharing my Dad's recipe with you today, but I will share my own recipe. Here is my version of the ever popular carrot cake!

I wanted to make these mini because 1: I love carrot cake and was afraid I'd eat the whole cake and 2: see number 1.
For Cupcakes:

1 Cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 Cup+ 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups grated carrots
1/2 Cup crushed pecans

For Icing:

2 Cups powdered sugar
1/4 Cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl and set aside. Line your mini muffin pan with whatever liners you want to use.

In your mixer cream together the eggs, both sugars, vegetable oil and the vanilla. Once the eggs are fully incorporated, add in the dry ingredients. Then remove the bowl from the mixer and add in the carrots with a spoon. Do the same for the pecans. This is one of those recipes where if you mix the batter too much, the cake will sink in the middle, so make sure to stop mixing as soon as all the ingredients are mixed together. Spoon into cupcake liners until about 3/4 full. Cook for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Wait until they are cooled before putting on the icing. I got 36 mini cupcakes out of this recipe.

To make the icing:
Combine all ingredients in your mixer until smooth. Put in a piping bag and top the cooled cupcakes with tons of frosting. Add the sprinkles and dive in!

Need a mixer? This is the one I red!

Don't have a mini muffin pan? This one is my favorite!

Don't forget the piping bags!

So what are your favorite family dishes? Have any fun birthday traditions? I'd love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. These look so good! Feel free to send some my way.

  2. These look so good :-) I love carrot cake!! And your puppy Zen is so cute!! I pinned this recipe and I am looking forward to trying it out!!

  3. If there are leftovers you MUST bring them Saturday!!!!

  4. Love carrot cake! The idea of mini cupcakes is perfect, otherwise I too would eat way too much. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Carrot cake (without nuts) is one of my favorites! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at the Foodie & Crafties Soiree! See you next week!

  6. I love this recipe and you take amazing pics! So glad to be your newest follower, I love your blog:)


    1. Thanks Katie! I love your site. I too am your newest follower, liker, and pin buddy! :)

  7. I love carrot cake. I will have to make these.

  8. Now this is right up my husbands tastes! I never liked carrot cake until I had to make it a bunch for his birthdays. It's now my oldests favorite type of cake too.

  9. These sound delicious! Thank you for bringing them to Family Fun Friday! See you next week!

  10. I love carrot cake!! They look good!!

  11. Oh yum! These look do good! And I have no clue how I have never heard of these sprinkles before! Now I am going to be on the lookout for them.... ;)
    Thank you so much for sharing at Marvelous Mondays this week- pinned & sharing!

  12. Yum! These sound amazing! I love carrot cake.
    Glad I Linked up with the Clever Chicks and came across your blog post :)

  13. These look wonderful! And your dog is just too cute :]

  14. Hopping over from the Frugal crafty hop. Loving this yumminess. Hugs!

  15. I just love your little puppy Zen, he is adorable! We love Carrot Cake and your Mini Carrot Cake Cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  16. Oh my! These cupcakes look delicious! I love carrot cake and know it would be a hit in my household!

    Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)

  17. Seriously, I love that they have sprinkles just for carrot cakes. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  18. These look so delicious that I had to pin them. I'm so going to do them myself when I have all the ingredients. Visiting here from the This Momma's Meandering Mondays and enjoying your blog!

  19. Oh yummy! I love carrot cake and I am crazy for cupcakes!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Tell Me About It Tuesday!

  20. This sounds so yummy and easy! Thanks for linking up at Tell Me About It Tuesday. We hope you hop over and share with us again next week.

  21. These carrot cupcakes looks great! I pinned it! Thanks for linking up at Saturday Dishes.
    Diane Roark

  22. This is to hard to be on a diet when I see these amazing recipes to make! I am so hungry your cupcakes look so so so good :))

  23. love that they are mini. perfect for my friends who have a tiny sweet tooth.

  24. OH, perfect! I love your reason for cupcakes, I'm the same way. I love the carrot "ribbons" in your photo too. :-) Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you'll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

  25. Thanks for linking these delicious little carrot cakes to What'd You Do This Weekend.
    I can't wait to try them.


  26. Featuring at Bacon Time on Friday!

  27. Wow....they are a work of art! Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. :)

  28. Zen is too cute. And so are the cupcakes! I love carrot cake. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

  29. Oh, sweet yum! This looks amazing!! Thank you for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash on Monday! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  30. Yum! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  31. I love carrot cakes and the fact that these are cupcakes are even better! Thanks for sharing it on Tasty Tuesday! I will be featuring it tomorrow on Craft Dictator (! Come over and check it out when this weeks Tasty Tuesday goes live!

  32. Elie, you are one of the features today at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party! Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  33. Again, another hit on Tell Me About It Tuesday! Yummy!


  34. My husband LOVES carrot cake... how can I not make this? He'll love it!! and so will I ;-)