Easter marks the end of Lent(a forty-day period of fasting and prayer which begins on Ash Wednesday) that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ (three days after his death by crucifixion). It is the oldest Christian holiday and the most important day of the church year. Easter customs vary across the world but one of the oldest & common tradition is to use painted chicken eggs and hide the brightly colored eggs for children to find on Easter morning! But the modern practice is to substitute chocolate/plastic eggs filled with confectioneries. The egg is used as a symbol of the start of new life (just like a new life emerging from an egg when the chick hatches out). So, i thought of baking a carrot cupcake with cream cheese frosting, decorated with coloured coconut flakes & egg shaped candies. This is a common type of decoration but still i wanted to give it a try once :) Isn't that really cute? I used to have shop bought carrot cakes but this was my first trial & i totally loved the homemade taste! Hope you'll also love these :)
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Ingredients for the cupcake
- 1 cup all-purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup grated Carrots
- 1 cup chopped Walnuts
- 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tsp Vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F and fill the cupcake molds with paper cups.
- Whisk sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla essence in a cake mixer.
- Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg together. Mix with the above batter.
- Add sugar and salt. Whisk until smooth.
- Stir in carrots, coconut flakes and walnuts.
- Fill 12 cupcake liners 3/4th full and bake for 20 to 25 min.
Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Frosting
- 3 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
- Whisk cream cheese, butter & vanilla in a mixer.
- Then add sugar & blend until smooth.
- Spread frosting on the cupcake.
Ingredients for the Decoration
- Coconut flakes
- Food colours
- Egg shaped candies
Mix the food colours with the coconut flakes & spread on top of the frosted cupcakes with the egg shaped candies. Sit back & enjoy the pretty & delicious cake :) Wishing you all a Happy Easter in advance!
Cupcake pan & Cake mixer useful for this recipe: