Monday, April 5, 2010

Gluten-Free Carrot Cupcakes!

You may recall a gluten-free carrot cake post on my site from last year. Well, it's easter-time again and my sister had been asking for some carrot cake, and I figured any good sister would honor that request. I also hosted a going away party, and since people have something against cutting cake and eating slices of it, I turned my carrot cake into carrot cupcakes to satisfy the masses. The recipe is similar to last year, however, this recipe uses two packages of carrot baby food instead of applesauce and a bit more oil instead of the mayo. I also switched to unsweetened organic coconut flakes (found at whole foods) which I like much better in this recipe than the larger sweetened kind I used last year. I have to say, I like this recipe even more than last year's cake! The cupcakes were very moist - I'm pretty sure no one would have guessed they were gluten-free.

2-1/2 c. gluten-free flour blend (tapioca starch, potato starch, arrowroot starch, sorghum, garfava flour, sweet white rice flour, oat flour)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. xanthan gum
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. light brown sugar
4 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 c. (2 plastic containers) of pureed carrot baby food
1 c. crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 c. unsweetened shredded coconut (I actually used a "low fat" coconut, found at whole foods)
1/2. c. (or a little more) golden raisins
3 c. finel grated carrots (I grated them in a food processor and it was extremely efficient)

1 pkg. (80z.) neufchatel cheese
1/2 c. (1 stick) softened butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 c. powdered sugar

Walnut pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cupcake pans with paper liners. Combine flours, xanthan gum, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and baking soda in a medium bowl, and stir with a whisk. Combine sugars, vanilla, vegetable oil and carrot puree/baby food in the bowl of an electric mixer, blending well. Add slightly beaten eggs to mixer bowl. Stir in carrots, pineapple, coconut, and raisins. Pour into prepared cupcake pans. Tap pans on counter to level and remove air bubbles. Bake 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack and frost when completely cooled. Sprinkle top of cupcakes with walnut pieces, if desired.

In the bowl of an electric mixer (or with an electric hand mixer), combine cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla and blend. Slowly add powdered sugar to taste.

1 comment:

  1. Coucou Erica !

    Félicitations pour ce blog ! Il est génial... tant au niveau du graphisme que du contenu ! Raffolant des gâteaux à la carotte, je vais tester ta recette :-))
    Je ne sais pas si tu te souviens de moi, je suis Cathy, la française qui a vécu chez les Couls quelques années. En tout cas, re-félicitations pour ce blog et ton univers graphique !

    Bonne continuation !

    ••• just in case you don't speak french •••

    Congratulations for your blog ! It's awesome... the design as well as the content ! Being quiet fond of carrot cakes, I'll try your recipe :-))
    I don't know if you remember me, I'm Cathy, the French girl who stayed with the Couls for a few years.

    Congratulations again for your blog and your graphic universe.

    All the best !

    Cathy :-))