Saturday, July 31, 2010

Back To The Old House

I attempted to bake again even after all my other failed attempts beforehand. I've been craving carrot cupcakes lately.. so that's what I made. These are a little bit sweeter than traditional carrot cupcakes because of the orange juice and orange zest, but still delicious!

William Sonoma Carrot Cupcakes


1⁄3 cup butter, at room temperature
3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbs. maple syrup or honey
1 Tbs. finely grated orange zest
2 eggs
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup plus 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
7 Tbs. fresh orange juice, warmed
1 tsp. baking soda


Preheat an oven to 350°F. Line 10 standard muffin cups withpaper liners.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, maple syrup and orange zest until pale and creamy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the carrot.
In a bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. In another small bowl, stir together the orange juice and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture in two additions, alternating with the orange juice mixture in two additions until smooth. Do not overbeat or the cupcakes will be tough.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Bake until the cupcakes are risen and lightly golden, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes, then turn them out onto a baking sheet and let cool completely, about 1 hour.
To make the mascarpone icing, in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the lemon zest and mascarpone until blended.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost them and garnish with strips of driedmango. Cupcakes may be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes 10 cupcakes.

And for the icing I used Wilton Buttercream.


April said...

Looks delicious!

Velvet said...

They look delicious and soft. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I have to try this recipe. Thanks!

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

Ohmygosh, those look SO yummy and cute!

Mash said...

hum that's looks delicious :) but I don't know how to cook ahah

Kelly said...

Lovely photos!

<3 Kelly

Hannah said...

Mmmm yum!
I must admit people who bake are artists - I fail many times!! Cooking is a cinche, but there's something about baking. One time I forgot the sugar in banana cake... didn't turn out great...


Courtney said...

these are cute. but i guess cupcakes always are. carrot cake sounds really good. i might try these out.

Athena. said...

Oh, these look delicious!
I think I will try these in the springtime.
Love, Athena.

Cassidy said...

thank you ! they're the perfect cupcake for summer & spring :}

hannah - the thing about baking is that everything has to be precise when it comes to ingredients; lately i've been having shortages of everything so i've been substiting granulated sugar with powdered sugar and they still turned out good !

Barbara said...

this looks so yummy!!

blue eyed night owl said...

I hadn't really tried carrot cakes until recently and I couldn't believe what I had missed out on. There's this place in the heart of Amsterdam that sells so many lovely muffins: chocolate and pear, cappuccino, anything really. But, as I discovered last time, their carrot muffin is the most devine one by far!
Can't wait to bake my own, thanks:)

As you might guess I'm back from my trip. Been so busy lately, but I'm sorry for not being in touch, and not even mailing you to say I had sent your prize. Did the cupcake-package make it to you ok?

Hope you are doing well;)


Thelma said...

I would love to start baking again too but just not motivated enough yet. I like the idea but then I get lazy! Okay Okay snap out of it!

Mimi said...

They look absolutely delish!

I've only had carrot cake once, it was vegan and it was just so... Perfect! But I'd like to try to make these :)


Eva said...

I love your blog!
i'm a new follower :)


Day in the Life said...

Oo these look amazing! My mom made cherry-vanilla and mint chocolate cupcakes recently with Williams Sonoma ingredients, and they were super delicious.

Cassidy said...

thelma - lately i've been super lazy about it but once you do it, you'll appreciate the effort it took!

thank you everyone <3

day in the life - william sonoma is brillaint; those sound so yummy !