Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Carrot-Coconut-Pineapple Spice CupCakes

Carrot-Coconut-Pineapple Spice CupCakes
with Rummy Cream Cheese Icing

CupCake Ingredients:

1 cup chopped Dates

3/4 pound raw Carrots (about 2 1/2 cups finely grated)

½ cup crushed canned Pineapple tidbits

2 cups All-purpose Flour

1 cup shredded Coconut

1 teaspoon Baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons Baking powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1 1/2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

2 teaspoons ground Ginger

4 large eggs

1 & ¼ cup granulated white Sugar

½ cup brown Sugar

1 tablespoon Vanilla

1 cup unsalted Butter (2 sticks)

2 teaspoons Rum extract


Rummy-Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted Butter, room temperature (1 stick)

8 ounces  Cream cheese, room temperature

2 ½ cups confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar, sifted

3 teaspoons dark Rum, or rum extract

1 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

Heavy cream to desired thickness (1 teaspoon at a time)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter or spray two - 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) cake pans and line the bottoms of the pans with a circle of parchment paper. 


Peel and finely grate the carrots. Chop dates in food processor. Drain juice from pineapple tidbits and set aside. Toast coconut until golden brown.


In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.


In bowl of electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the rum and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. With a large rubber spatula fold in the grated carrots, pineapple, coconut and dates.  


Evenly divide the batter into 2 cupcakes pans, totaling 24 cupcakes, each lined with a cupcake liner. Bake approx. 16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 


Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack.

Rummy-Cream Cheese Frosting:

In bowl of electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the cream cheese and butter, on low speed, just until blended with no lumps. Gradually add the sifted powdered sugar and beat, on low speed, until fully incorporated and smooth.  Beat in the vanilla extract, rum, and nutmeg. Gradually add whole cream until you reach the desired consistency and thickness. Pipe into cupcakes.


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