Alternative Healthy Birthday Cake, Adult Birthday Cake Cupcakes

My husband is on a bit of a health kick, so I decided a healthy birthday cake was in order. He's actually not much of a cake fan, but does love carrot cake.

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I chose to make carrot cake cupcakes instead of a traditional carrot cake. I had a look for ideas for decorating cupcakes birthday. But eventually decided to do it in a traditional way, with cream cheese frosting and walnuts!

I used heart shaped silicon moulds, for that extra romantic touch!

If you want to try your hand at a something a little healthier, here's the recipe for my carrot cake cup-cakes.

For the Cup-cakes

100g walnut pieces (50g for decorating)
250g raw grated carrot
1 large apple peeled and grated
250g self raising flour
100g raisins
250g caster sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
3 large eggs
180ml vegetable oil (I used organic rapeseed oil)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

80g unsalted butter, at room temperature
165g light cream cheese
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 tablespoons icing sugar

Instructions (makes 12)

  • Preheat oven to 180oC. Line cupcake tin with 12 large paper cases
  • Mix together the flour, sugar, salt cinnamon and half the walnuts
  • Whisk eggs, oil and vanilla extract
  • Gently mix the wet ingredients in with the dry and fold in the grated carrot, apple and raisins. Do not over mix, a few flour specs are fine. Over mixing results in a rubbery texture
  • Fill each muffin case to near the top with the mixture
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes. When they're cooked a skewer inserted to the middle should come out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely
  • When completely cooled, prepare the frosting by mixing the softened butter, cream cheese and vanilla extract.
  • Add the icing sugar a little at a time to taste
  • Ice the top of the cupcakes with the frosting and decorate. I used chopped walnuts as a healthy birthday cake option. But you could use sprinkles, marzipan carrots, mini marshmallows, or a number of other things
  • Light the candle and sing HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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