it was michael's dad bob's birthday today and his step-mom cheryl kindly requested that i would make a carrot cake and 12 carrot cupcakes for the gathering at their place this evening. so i made a traditional simple carrot cake that just had walnuts in it and i flavored it with cinnamon. the cake was very moist! one of my favorites for sure. the frosting came out perfect. if you can't tell i am not about the fine lines of cakes. i prefer a more natural look.
because i was making cupcakes too i wanted to try something a little different. i know some people like their carrot cake with pineapple, or coconut, or raisins... well, there are so many different things people add to carrot cake these days. i opted to take the original recipe and add some fresh ginger, some candied ginger and i used pecans instead of walnuts. i also had some mascarpone so i topped half of the cupcakes with lemon mascarpone frosting and the other half with the more traditional cream cheese frosting. both were really great! as for the garnish, i dehydrated some carrots that were cooked in a simple syrup. they kind of look like bacon... i am a mostly vegetarian so i found this a little strange but they still tasted awesome!
this saturday i will be selling cupcakes with michael in his shop for the open studio! i am going to make a blackberry red wine cupcake and a pumpkin ginger with chocolate ganache cupcake! not something to miss out on :)