Happy Easter, friends! I hope your day was full of joy and celebration for the renewal we have in Jesus’ resurrection. This weekend was full of much-needed rest and relaxation for me, as well as necessary spring cleaning and errand running. I don’t usually stay in Chapel Hill for Easter, but having a few days to myself allowed me to check off a lot of lower-priority things that have accumulated on my To-Do list. I even got to spend almost my entire Saturday afternoon cooking and baking while catching up on Scandal!
Carrot cake is nowhere near the top of my list as far as cake goes, and I definitely have never voluntarily included nuts in a cupcake. I’m not sure what got into me when I was shopping for ingredients. I was feeling festive, and I think the idea of carrot cake reminded me of these huge muffins my family used to buy at the Whole Foods bakery. They were hearty and healthy-ish, and I remember those muffins being the only way I’d accept nuts in a pastry. Thoughts of those nutty whole-grain muffins swirling in my mind, I impulsively grabbed a package of chopped walnuts and don’t regret it a bit!
I adapted this recipe from several different ones I found online, and ended up with a version that has no oil or butter. The result is a super moist cupcake, but be warned that the lack of oil makes the cake stick to the cupcake liners. I wish the cupcakes rose a bit more, but I think the whole wheat flour and fruit makes them denser. Now that I think about it, carrot cake isn’t supposed to be light and fluffy anyway because it’s normally in a layer cake.
I like making cupcakes way more than layer cakes because of how easily I can share them. Adorable cupcake liners don’t hurt, either. After church and brunch this morning, I sent my friend Troy home with a box of cupcakes for him and his roommates. Then I made some cupcake deliveries around town to other friends that didn’t go home for Easter. I somehow ended up at the pool doing homework by the pool until the sun set, and finished out my relaxing weekend with some more baking! (Blender muffins, potentially on the blog soon)
While I was bummed I didn’t get to spend Easter in Greensboro with the Martins or the Spikers like I have for the past three years, getting full nights of sleep in my own bed was a welcome break from the frenzy of life. Here’s to hoping this rest carries with me through these next few weeks!
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/4 c whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsl each of: cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
- 1 1/2 cup finely grated carrot I used a blender to grate the carrots because I don't have a food processor -it worked *grate*!
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup Dole crushed pineapple