Carrot Cake disguised as Wedding Cupcakes

My son was recently married, so now we have a new daughter (in-law)!  I made the wedding cake.  The bride asked for cupcakes with a small cake to cut into for  pictures.  She’s a fan of carrot cake,  so that made it easy.  Carrot cake is a nice firm cake, very well suited to the extra handling that comes with wedding cakes.  This is my refined version, I’ve reduced the sugar, fat and eggs significantly from the original recipe, but it hasn’t lost anything, except some calories!

Carrot Cake

2 cups flour

1 cup white sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup coconut (I use sweetened flaked)

3 cups grated carrot

3 eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

1/3 – 1/2 cup milk

In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.   In a separate smaller bowl, stir together eggs, oil and milk.    Make a well in the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients, stirring (use a folding technique) just to combine.  Pour batter into greased and floured pans and bake for about 30 – 40 minutes till golden brown.  This recipe will make  two 8″ layers, OR about 18 large cupcakes OR a 6″ x 3″ round layer pan (which is what I used for the wedding cake).

The cupcakes were decorated with cream cheese icing, and the little cake with fondant.

Cream Cheese Icing

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened (low-fat does not make good icing)

1/3 cup margarine (I use heart smart Becel)

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla

3-4 cups icing sugar, sift after measuring (amount depends on desired consistency)

For the wedding cupcakes, I added:

2-3 drops of almond extract (helps reduce the sweetness factor)

1/3 tsp glycerine (keeps the icing from getting hard and crusty)

Beat together cream cheese and margarine.  Add flavors and glycerine, if using.  Gradually add icing sugar, mixing well after each addition.  Icing may be thinned, if necessary, with a small addition of corn syrup.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Staci
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 14:13:09

    That is beyond gorgeous!!! I love the way you displayed them too!! Looks like a happy couple!


  2. Janet W
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 10:04:39

    Matt saw this posting, Kathy. He said, “yes, those were really good cupcakes. You should make some.”


  3. Chelsea
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 06:57:44

    It was perfect! … and I may be slightly addicted to the cupcakes…..
    I want our wedding pictures to come back … maybe I will see some pictures where I DON’T have my eyes closed, or almost closed… haha


  4. MOM
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 18:17:05

    very beautiful wedding “cake” and very tasty too,the bride and groom were look delighted.


  5. Janet W
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 14:32:53

    Gorgeous! The bride AND the cake / cupcakes… okay the groom too…well, maybe handsome would be a better word for him.


  6. Brenda @ It's A Beautiful Life
    Oct 14, 2010 @ 14:12:13

    What a treat to see it up on your site! It looks as gorgeous as I remember. And the taste was out of this world yummy!

    I think that particular pose of the bride and groom is one of my favs!


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