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Some sunshine for a gloomy day – Walnut Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

The weather is a yucky mix of rain, slush and snow right now and it’s a bit gloomy, so to add a little sunshine to your day I wanted to share this delicious cupcake recipe that has been in my family for years!  It’s a Walnut Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting recipe with a surprising twist! What a better way to stay cozy on a cold day than to do some baking! Two things I have wanted to make time for since moving to Drayton Valley are to take more personal photos of the people and the little things in life that bring me joy and to spend more time with family. I got to accomplish both of those things yesterday when I spent the afternoon with my mom making some cupcakes! Happy Saturday everyone!

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Cupcake Ingredients

2 Cups of Flour

2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda

2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Nutmeg

1/2 Teaspoon of Salt

2.5 Cups of Shredded Carrots (Garden Carrots are the best!)

3/4 Cup of Chopped Walnuts

3 Eggs

1.5 Cups of Sugar

3/4 Cup of Mayonnaise (Yup, mayo in cupcakes! I think mayo is so gross so I am happy to say that you can not taste it AT ALL)

1 Can of Crushed Pineapple

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

2 Packages of Softened Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup of Unsalted Butter, Softened

2 Cups of Icing Sugar

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

To make the cake batter, start by combining the flour, baking soda, spices and salt. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, mayo and pineapple until well blended. Gradually add in the flour mixture. Once blended, add in the shredded carrots and walnuts.

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Add about 3 tablespoons of batter to each cupcake liner. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

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Allow the cupcakes to completely cool once they are baked.

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To make the frosting, start by blending the cream cheese and butter together until it is light and creamy! Next mix in the vanilla and icing sugar and blend until smooth.

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Embellish your cupcakes however you choose! Today we decided on a fresh carrot garnish, achieved by peeling a thin slice of carrot and curling it with our fingers!

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Enjoy them while you can, they will be gone before you know it!