This home made cake recipe for carrot cupcakes, which enjoyed great popularity in medieval times, is sure to please your little one, as well as impress your friends. Long before Marco Polo brought sugar to Europe from the east, grated carrots were commonly used to sweeten desserts, given their high sugar content. It is also common to add dried fruit and nuts, such as raisins and walnuts, to desserts sweetened with carrots.
Today, you can bake anything from carrot cakes to loaves and everything in between, including cupcakes. Whilst plain carrot cake is delicious to eat on its own, it is often accompanied by a cream cheese icing, which offsets the sweetness of the cake nicely.
This week was J's 3rd birthday, and I used the recipe below to bake cupcakes for his class - they were a hit! Carrot cupcakes are a great home made cake recipe for children, as they contain natural sweetness, as well as all the vitamin and nutrient goodness of the carrot vegetable; and the smaller size of the cupcake is just right for smaller tummies.
I chose to make a cream cheese icing for my cupcakes, to add a bit of extra specialness for the birthday celebration. But this is entirely optional, and you can feel free to ditch the icing all together and serve these as carrot muffins.
For the recipe below, I have used wholegrain flour and just a bit of light muscovado sugar for added sweetness. You can, of course, use whatever type of flour you like (I have even used rye flour before, which works quite nicely). For the oil, I used coconut oil, which is only liquid in form at above 24C - this lent a nice moistness to the cupcakes without them becoming oily. You can also use traditional vegetable oil, which will add extra moistness but also a bit of oiliness.
This recipe yields approximately 12 cupcakes.
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
40g raisins (or sultanas) (optional)
2 large eggs, room temperature
90g light muscovado sugar
150ml vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
320g carrots, peeled and finely grated