This week on Martha, it is cupcake week. Everyday I watch and I salivate over these cute and delicious looking treats. Today she made meyer lemon and raspberry cupcakes, recipe courtesy of Vanilla Cupcake Bakery in Santa Monica. Oh MY! They looked absolutely divine.
I have to share a little secret, I have never made a cupcake from scratch. I have always done the right outta the box kind. :O But, after watching this week, I am tempted to dust off the old Kitchen Aid stand mixer and get baking. So, in search I went of a fun one to try and I came up with this recipe from Everyday Foods. I'll let you know how they come out. :)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 1/2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut, plus more for garnish
8 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Oil a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners. In a bowl, combine sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, and eggs.
Stir in baking powder, baking soda, allspice, and salt. Add flour; mix. Stir in carrots, walnuts, and coconut.
Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Bake until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 25 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth.
Frost cupcakes, and garnish with shredded coconut.