Monday, March 19, 2012

Carrot Cupcakes and a Purple Velvet Birthday

Well, friends, I survived the weekend! How sad is it that I'm glad it's Monday so that I get a break from my weekend? It was fun but oh so very busy and today is the first of many celebrations this week! First, it's the birthday of one of the ladies I work with (who also happens to be my pastor's wife and mother of my friend Michal from previous posts). For her, I made carrot cupcakes - her favorite cake flavor. Let me tell you, finding the perfect carrot cake recipe has always been a struggle for me. There are so many different versions out there and so many people who say they have the best one! It's actually quite frustrating and someday when I have the time I think I'd like to get a bunch of different recipes and make them all and decide for myself what the best recipe is! Anyway, for these cupcakes, I turned to my new favorite website for wasting time, Pinterest. I found one that sounded pretty good and am pleased with the outcome. I don't know if I'd say it's the best I've ever had but it's tasty and moist - my two requirements for a good cake - and they were well received. I dipped the cupcakes in ganache, iced them in that fabulous whipped cream cheese icing from the Green Velvet post, and topped them with chopped walnuts. Yummy!

Carrot Cupcakes: (adapted from here)

2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 cups chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans.  In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, carrots and walnuts. Bake in prepared liners until toothpick comes out clean. 

Cute little cupcakes!

Today we also celebrated Michal's birthday. Tomorrow is her actual birthday but she has the day off so we're killing two birds with one stone but, well, two different cakes. :) Her favorite is my red velvet cake and she loves the color purple. So, of course, for her it's a purple velvet cake filled with cream cheese icing (see link above) and iced with white chocolate buttercream - such a delicios combination! (Since I've previously posted the recipes for these elements I've just included links to them in this post.)

First time trying a new icing technique I found on Pinterest - It's gonna take some practice to get it down just right! :)

Purple Velvet Cake :)
So, there you have it. The first of several baking posts this week! I can't wait to share with you the recipe for my NEW favorite chocolate cake - Heaven! I hope that you all are well and have a blessed week! And as always, happy reading and, more importantly, happy cupcake-ing!


  1. Yummy! Well, I've never met a Carrot Cake I did not like, so there's that. Plus, I LOVE Red Velvet Cake. (I'm from the South. It's a rule.) PLUS, you are just the cutest thing. So, now i am your newest follower! I hopped over from Tospy Turvy Tuesday! Come see me anytime!

    sleeping in an unmade bed

    1. Thanks much, Vicky!! I'm from the south too and I love velvet cake of any color! :) Welcome to my love affair with cupcakes. I'm heading over to your site to check it out. Thanks for the comment and I hope you fun here!

    2. Well, aren't you SWEET! Take care, sweetheart!

  2. oh wow..fabulous to look at and devour!! yum...thank you for this recipe!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.

  3. Hi Heather! Thanks so much for linking up this recipe! It was actually linked up to the wrong party though, so we would love for you to come back on Thursday and link it up to our recipe party! Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes!!

    ~Riverton Housewives

    1. Thank you, Paula! I realized this right after I linked up :)

  4. Wow! You are seriously talented! Thanks for sharing at Things I've Done Thursday!

  5. Stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show you some blog luv! def enjoyed this post :) new follower!

  6. Hello, I'm wondering how you achieved the color of your cake... what food coloring did you use and how much? Thanks.

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