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Carrot Cupcakes

 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
24 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 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 flaked 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 near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing form pans

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Carrot Cupcakes (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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. Yield: 2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 326 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 51 mg cholesterol, 187 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.