Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes

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Carrot cake is a staple in most homes because it is an easy and delicious dessert that never goes out of style. This Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes recipe is unbelievably flavorsome since it is infused with spices and other flavors that enhance even more than a regular carrot cake. The subtle sweetness of carrots along with pineapple bits also makes this cake wonderfully moist and dense. The cream cheese frosting for this cake is slightly different with less powdered sugar than most carrot cake recipes do but that’s ok because you will be drizzling caramel sauce on top which balances the sweetness overall. If you’re tired of using store-bought frosting, then this cream cheese frosting recipe is the one for you. The cupcakes are generously garnished with toasted pecans over the frosting to give it nutty richness. You can also double this recipe to make two nine inch cakes or just make a sheet cake as well. If you want to make a sheet cake of out this recipe, you will not have to worry about stacking the cakes or spending too much time frosting the cake layers. All the frosting goes just on top of the sheet cake, and that gets the job done. This variation of carrot cake recipe is also one of the most amazing cake recipes for making a birthday cake because it has a spongy texture due to the oil that is used in the place of butter.

The nutrition in carrots is very high as they're full of fiber, vitamin 'C', and 'A'. Also, carrots do not have any saturated fats, and they're cholesterol-free as well which makes them one of the best root vegetables to add to your diet as much as possible. With all the nutrition in carrots, it is hard not to use them in dessert recipes. If you wish to make this cake beforehand, you can freeze it and thaw it on the day of serving along with freshly made frosting. Other than cinnamon, you can even add pumpkin pie spice to this recipe to get a richer taste in the cake. Make this carrot cake recipe the way you like it.

Some important tips to keep in mind when baking cupcakes are, using quality ingredients in the batter to get that luscious depth of flavor. If you’re on a budget, then prioritize your list of recipe ingredients based on the most important baking supplies to the least important ones and purchase the quality baking ingredients for the recipe accordingly. Using a quality vanilla extract will impact the flavor to a large extent. Always buy the best vanilla extract preferably, organic vanilla extract with no additives like corn syrup. Make sure not to overfill the paper liners with the cupcake batter. Always fill the cupcake liners until 2/3 full to ensure that the batter does not spill. Use a measuring ladle to fill the liners instead of eyeballing. Make sure to bring the ingredients to room temperature to avoid lumps in the cupcakes. If the main ingredients like eggs and butter are still cold, let them sit until they reach room temperature before you start baking. Don’t let the cupcakes cool for longer than a few minutes in the baking pan.

Thank you to Melanie at Garnish and Glaze food blog for sharing this Caramel Pecan Carrot Cupcakes recipe with us. Do check out Melanie’s blog for more amazing cake recipes. Everyone who eats this carrot cake is going to have more than just one helping because let’s admit who doesn’t like a good cupcake? Try it, you’ll love it!

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