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Carrot Cupcakes

To try to get my family to eat more vegetables, I often "hide" nutritional foods inside sweet treats. The carrots add wonderful moistness to these cupcakes, which have a rich cream cheese frosting. Now we can have our cake and eat our vegetables, too! —Doreen Kelly, Rosyln, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • CHUNKY FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped raisins

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, allspice and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in carrots.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 325° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing form pans to wire racks.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Stir in the coconut, pecans and raisins. Frost cupcakes. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 326 calories, 18g fat (5g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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