Tip 1: If you don't want your cupcake too sweet, then skip the icing part
Tip 2: If you do put frosting, taste a cupcake with barely-there frosting first before you go bananas and slather them all.
Tip 3: Icing ingredients makes A LOT! I'm not kidding. So, whatever is left, keep it in the fridge for next use.
ICING - alternative frosting which I prefer, click here -->(Cream Cheese Frosting 2)
1 ounce white chocolate
4-ounce cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoons heavy cream
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/8 cups white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups shredded carrots
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, I blitz it couple of times
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon plus a dash of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup chopped walnuts or crushed by meat pounder :)
Makes 14 medium-sized muffins
This took me an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 12 muffin caps
For Cream Cheese Frosting:
In a double boiler, melt white chocolate over low heat. Stir until smooth, and allow to cool to room temperature.
In the first bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in white chocolate, vanilla, and orange extract. Gradually beat in the confectioners' sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Mix in heavy cream.
Beat together eggs, white sugar and brown sugar in the second bowl. Add and mix-in oil and vanilla. Fold in carrots and pineapple. In the third bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix flour mixture into the carrot mixture until evenly moist. Fold in 1/2 cup walnuts. Transfer to the prepared muffin cups.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely on wire racks before topping with the icing and sprinkling with remaining walnuts.
Serve and impress! Guaranteed a yummy dessert!