Spring Cupcakes with Citrus Icing
- Servings Per Recipe: 18
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 145.7
- Total Fat: 4.9 g
- Cholesterol: 10.3 mg
- Sodium: 115.2 mg
- Total Carbs: 27.9 g
- Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
- Protein: 2.6 g
IntroductionCupcakes are all the rage these days, and for good reason. These diminutive desserts are automatically portion controlled, and they’re just darn cute! Cupcakes are all the rage these days, and for good reason. These diminutive desserts are automatically portion controlled, and they’re just darn cute!
1 egg, at room temperature
1 egg white, at room temperature
3⁄4 cup brown sugar
2 cups grated carrots
2 small zucchini, grated (about 1 cup,
excess moisture pressed out with a
1⁄3 cup canola oil
1 tbsp orange zest (see Note)
1 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tsp baking soda
1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp salt
2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
For the Icing:
1 tbsp orange zest (see Note)
2 tbsp orange juice (see Note)
1⁄2 cup confectioners’ sugar
Instead of traditional vanilla and chocolate, we chose a garden variety: Carrots and zucchini aren’t just for salads; they add moisture and texture to desserts as well. There aren’t enough veggies to count for one of your daily servings, but you are getting a tasty treat that has more fiber and less fat than even a slice of traditional carrot cake. Carrot cake usually has a spicy taste, but we lightened that up by adding a fresh orange flavor. These cupcakes are perfect for an Easter brunch, a children’s birthday party (no need to tell them the “confetti” inside comes from vegetables), or a graduation celebration. These cupcakes were a hit during our taste test for "The SparkPeople Cookbook."
2. Combine the eggs and brown sugar in a bowl, then beat at medium speed with a hand mixer for 2 minutes. Add the carrots, zucchini, oil, and orange zest to the mixture and stir to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and flour using a fork; then add to the wet mixture. Using the mixer, blend just until combined.
4. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. (If your oven has hot spots, rotate the pans halfway through cooking.)
5. Allow to cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
6. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the icing by whisking together the orange zest, the orange juice, and sugar. After the cupcakes have cooled, top each one with 1 teaspoon of icing.
Note: You should be able to get plenty of zest and juice for both the cupcakes and the icing from one large orange.
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I just made 2 batches using this recipe as a base. I was absolutely sure the mixture wouldn't work after it was mixed - its the strangest cupcake mixture I have seen but after cooking it was lovely - light and beautiful taste.
So then I made some chocolate ones using the same base - beautiful! - 9/12/11
These were totally awesome! Very moist, just sweet enough to satisfy that "sweet tooth" and guilt free! I did add some Allspice to them but that's just a personal choice as I love carrot cake and wanted them to taste a bit like that. But you certainly don't have to add anything to these. - 1/7/12
These were amazing! I couldn't find whole wheat pastry flour so I used regular pastry flour and I was a little short in orange zest using just one large orange but other than that I followed the recipe to a T. It was an easy recipe to follow but yeilded A LOT of dirty dishes and only 12 cupcakes. - 5/25/14
These cupcakes are delicious! I just made these for a gathering tomorrow, and I'm sure they will be a hit! The '5 minutes to prepare' is far from what it took me, it took me closer to an hour and a half (if you include grating the veggies and zesting the orange). Thank you so much for the recipe! - 7/18/13
The cupcakes themselves were spectacular. I replaced the oil with applesauce and they still were very moist. I did have some difficulty with the icing. Mine was SUPER thin and looked nothing like the photos. I had to add more powdered sugar, but it still came out like syrup - 2/10/13