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Carrot Applesauce Cupcakes

Ingredients:

Carrot Applesauce Cupcake Ingredients:
2 c. all-purpose flour

3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. Rumford Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
1 c. shredded carrots
1 c. chopped nuts (pecans, walnut, hazelnuts or almonds)

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

4 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 lemon (zest and juiced)
1 to 1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar (depending on size of lemon)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.; spray large or medium muffin tins or line with paper bake cups.

In large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, Rumford Baking Powder, salt, and Clabber Girl Baking Soda. In medium bowl, beat applesauce, eggs, and oil until blended. Stir in carrots and nuts. Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients and stir just until completely moistened, no more than 25 strokes.

Fill muffin tins or paper bake cups 2/3 full. Bake until top springs back when lightly touched and thin metal or wood skewer comes out clean (about 30 minutes). Turn out and cool, top side up, on wire rack. When completely cooled, frost with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting Preparation:
In medium mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, lemon peel, lemon juice, and confectioners' sugar until smooth.

Comments:

Here's an easier, less rich version of the famous carrot cake. This recipe uses the muffin method of mixing, combining the mixed dry and liquid ingredients just until moistened. The easy mixing method makes it a great recipe for kids to assist with. If a spicy carrot cake is your favorite, just stir 1 tsp.of ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg in with the dry ingredients.


Revised 2/15