I’ve always been a fan of good carrot cake. Sweet, spicy and filled with orange flecks of carrot. This recipe is not as oily as some carrot cakes tend to be. It might be leaning towards being a muffin but anything with a maple orange glaze is dessert in my book. The glaze is amazing and I’ve caught myself pouring massive amounts of it over these cupcakes and everything else for that matter.
Springtime Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Maple Glaze
- Cupcake batter
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt optional
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp flaxseed meal
- 3/4 cup unsweetened soymilk
- 1 cup grade B maple syrup
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 4 medium-sized carrots shredded
- Seeds of 1 vanilla bean or 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/3 cup unsweetened soymilk
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- Zest and juice of 1 medium-sized orange
- 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder
- Vanilla bean pod that you scraped seeds out of or 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a 12 cup cupcake pan with paper liners.
- In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.
- Whisk flaxseed meal and milk together until frothy. Add maple syrup, oil, and vanilla to the milk mixture and whisk until incorporated. Stir in carrot to wet ingredients.
- Fold in the wet mixture to dry mixture using a rubber spatula. If batter seems to dry add a Tbs of milk at a time until it loosens. Fold in walnuts.
- Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop fill cupcake liners with batter about 3/4 way full.
- Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and cool in pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Carefully remove cupcakes from the pan and continue to let them cool.
- In a small saucepan, whisk together glaze ingredients and place over medium heat continuing to whisk until thickened. Pour glaze into a small bowl and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Dip cupcakes into the glaze and let it set, then dip again if you like.
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