Mini Carrot-Apple Cupcakes

Total Time:
1 hr 40 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
1 hr
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
24 cupcakes
Level:
Easy

NUTRITION INFO
Ingredients
  • Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (6 to 6 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 packed cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh unfiltered apple juice
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely grated
  • Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
Directions

For the cupcakes: Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line two 12-cup mini muffin tins with mini baking papers.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and allspice in a medium bowl to blend. Using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter in a large bowl until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat until blended. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Beat in half of the dry ingredients, then the applesauce and apple juice. Beat in the remaining dry ingredients. Fold in the currants and grated carrot.

Drop 1 well-rounded tablespoon of batter into each paper liner. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean, about 17 minutes. Cool the cupcakes in the tins for 5 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely.

For the frosting: Combine the cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipping cream in a deep medium bowl. Beat until the frosting is thick and smooth. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour until firm.

Frost each cupcake with 1 heaped teaspoon of frosting and serve.


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