This Recipe Has Moved ♥ Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake ♥ Mixed in the food processor, baked in many shapes and sizes.
My cupcake adaptation of a Cook's Illustrated recipe for carrot cake, it has a light cupcake crumb and is lightly spiced with carrot-cake flavors. I especially like the cream cheese frosting! Great carrot cake flavor with perfect cupcake texture! The big surprise? The carrots are grated in a food processor and the cupcake batter is mixed in the food processor too!

But the recipe has moved to a new location,
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Carrot Cake

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  1. Alanna, SO sad to have lost that recipe, however delicious this one is. And, as you say, you're generous with your recipes, so it shouldn't have happened to you ... in the chaos of my house, there'd always be a glimmer of hope that it would turn up one day - but I expect you're tidier than we are ;)

    Happy Easter

  2. Oh my, that's the saddest thing. I've made such a project of trying to get my grandmother's recipes these last few years as she spends more and more time in the hospital, and I can just imagine how heartbroken I would be if they were lost. I love your explanation of why giving them away helps you keep them. It's why I posted Ima's stuffed cabbage recipe - now I'll always know where to look. I really, really hope you find your carrot cake recipe!

  3. Oh, this breaks my heart -- but I feel that now that it's out in the universe, somehow that recipe will find its way back to you. In the meantime, it's nice that you are making this new recipe your own -- at least for a while.

  4. That's so sad about your recipe, somehow hand written recipes just seem better too.
    I haven't had carrot cake in quite a while, this one might not be 'your' recipe, but it looks pretty good!

  5. I'm so sorry you lost your recipe. Some tings we just hold so near and dear to hearts. I grew up Catholic, and said a prayer to St. Anthony for you--he's the patron saint of lost things. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Now that I think about it, my grandmother searched for years for a special carrot cake recipe given to her by a friend. A Bob Crosby recipe, I think? She had lost her copy, and I was never able to track it down for her.

    Good luck!

  6. Um, "things," not "tings." oops! :)

  7. Alanna, so sorry about the loss of the recipe. I have to think it will turn up one day, though. A very compelling argument for sharing.

  8. Sorry that you lost the recipe. I do hope you come across it someday.

    But..yay!! You made cupcakes!

  9. Gosh Alanna that is a sorry tale told so well. That one of those reasons I feel so good having a friend I've cooked with for many years because we do share so many recipes. I hope it comes back to you!

  10. Alanna, I am so sorry about the lost recipe! My Mom tells a similar story of recipes my Grandma made which are now lost forever. This is why I'm working on compiling a cookbook of my favorites so that once I'm gone my kids won't have that problem.

    This recipe sounds wonderful, however, a perfect addition to my Easter brunch menu!

  11. Oh, I so hope you find your recipe!!! I know what it's like to have those that you cherish so deeply ... but it'll come back to you. I know it will! (Love the cupcakes ...)

  12. Alanna, with all the times you made that cake, the recipe has GOT to be there, somewhere, hidden in your brain. A little hypnotherapy is in order, perhaps?

    This is also why it is so nice to have the blog for eternal reference (just don't forget to back up!).

  13. The shaved carrots on top, made everyone at work think I was a professional baker (which I'm not!). Happy Easter to you!

  14. well while I was trying to figure out the best recipe you were here posting one! Geesh~ you could have given me a heads up or something and saved me some time ;-)
    I'm sorry to hear about the missing recipe but I have a feeling it might turn up when you least expect it. Maybe Grandma is just having a little fun with you?

  15. I have some carrots that I somehow forgot to cook for Easter. I think the carrot cake will make a much better use for them anyway!

    Stop by for a visit. I'll even save one of my baked apples for you! :D

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  16. It would be really handy to know how many cups of grated carrot. I don't have a kitchen scale! Great recipe-- second time making it and we devoured the first batch!

    1. Libby ~ So glad you liked these! Me too! I think I didn’t measure the grated carrot volume because I have the idea that people buy carrots in one-pound (or two-pound) bags and thus pulling out half (or a quarter) would be close enough??? Perhaps not? If you make them again, let me know, okay, I’m working to avoid sugar right now so am not doing much baking. :-(


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