As I shared last week, I am going to strive to make this blog about more than just crafts and recipes. However, I do have a bit of a back-log of crafts and recipes to post here. So, at least for today, I am going to try to combine these 2 things: creating and believing, and in some ways my post today, Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipes, is the perfect place to start.
I don’t find Carrot Cake Cupcakes particularly spiritual (although they are really really good), but I made these recently for my beloved husband’s birthday, and he is an important part of my faith, my life, our family, my everything. I don’t share about him very much here, so I thought I’d push myself to do that a little bit today.
Here is a pic of our family. My husband and I had just (like just just) arrived home from a whirl-wind trip to Vegas and were hurriedly picking up our kids before (another) snowstorm hit. That’s why we are bleary-eyed. But, as you can see, we have 2 little ones, Gus soon to be 3 and Bernadette, 1.5. We are also expecting #3 (Lord help us) in June. Another little boy.
I love so many things about my husband, too many to list, but what I don’t like is that he travels, a lot. And, when he travels he goes far away and is gone for 2+ weeks. He has been home for a week now, but before that he was gone for nearly 2 and a half weeks to The Philippines. And while he was gone, the missed his birthday. We, of course, made this cupcakes before he left and celebrated before, but it is hard on both me and the kids to have him gone so much, and over important days. On his actual birthday I snapped this picture and posted it in Facebook for him.
I complain and I struggle while he is gone, but I have to give my husband credit: when he is here, he is truly HERE. With all the technology and distractions in our lives it is soooo easy for him, me, anyone to just totally zone out when at home. He works hard and is often struggling to get back into this timezone, and yet when he is home he is here for us. Today we dove (head-first) into the scary world of potty training and my husband is a huge, active part of it. I am so thankful. He is also really good at things I’m not. He loves to take the kids and wrestle with them on our bed (just like my dad did with us). I swear, I never see smiles that big on my kids’s faces at any other time.
When he arrives home from a long trip the kids never hesitate to run to him. Never. They love him and they know that when dad walks in the door he is all theirs.
And so, a great dad deserves a great treat on his birthday. He LOOOOOVES carrot cake, but I just didn’t time to make a cake, let it set for 24 hours…and blah blah blah. I wanted the pay-out without the wait. Carrot Cake Cupcakes were the perfect solution. Scroll down for the printable recipe.
- 2 cups Sugar
- 1⅓ cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 3 large Eggs
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups grated carrots
- ¾ lbs cream cheese (room temp)
- ½ lbs unsalted butter (room temp)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- (about) 1 lbs powered sugar
- Preheat Oven to 375 degrees
- Mix together sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Continue mixing and add in eggs (one at a time), flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and carrots. Don't over mix
- Use cooking spray to spray cupcake tin. Pour in batter, about ¾ of the way full. Should make about 22 cupcakes.
- Bake at 375 for 25 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- For Icing, cream together the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Then, add in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, until you reach the desired thickness and sweetness.
- When cupcakes are cool, ice generously and serve.
They really are great, great cupcakes. They turned out super moist and yummy. And, if you are like me, you can double the frosting recipe and use that is all sorts of other treats. Yup, I did that!
Thanks for being here,