22.4.08

twd: bill's big carrot cake


i'm a pretty big fan of carrot cake, so when amanda of
slow like honey chose bill's big carrot cake for this week's tuesdays with dorie, i was also pretty excited. carrot cake was one of those standard staples that i love, but have never made myself.



since i will be bringing this to work i decided to halve the recipe and make cupcakes instead. and because i am kind of lazy on a late monday night (yes, i am the queen of procastinate!!) i used those foil muffin cups on a baking sheet instead of regular muffin tins. now why does this actually satisfy my laziness?? i really have no idea. but it's all mental folks, and foil cups on a sheet make me feel better ;)


and as some of you may remember, i have not yet been converted to the ILDC (can anyone guess what that stands for?) and so i was a bit hesitant. but they smelled so good from the oven. sure, the cupcakes kind of sank and spread a little. and the cream cheese frosting was a little too thin for me, even with a little extra sugar thrown in. plus, i may have overcooked them (i had them in there for a full 30 minutes). and i had no time to make these cute little marzipan carrots and had to settle with the easy old sprinkle on top quick trick.

but the taste? ... delish!!


yeah okay, so the frosting was a little too sweet. but the cake was delish, even with the overcooking. in fact, it made this crunchy sugary top which was a perfect complement to the creamy frosting. i may tweak it just a wee bit if i make this again, but i think i finally may have found a dorie recipe that i like :)

to see more carrot (cup)cake than you ever thought possible, and for a copy of the recipe, please check out everyone else's concoctions!


31 comments:

  1. It seems like it would be harder to get them out of the muffin tins like that... is it? They look great! I love carrot cake too!

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  2. I made cupcakes as well and baked them for 30 minutes. Yours look great!

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  3. I'm glad I'm not the only one who ran out of time for marzipan carrots, but I think I might sprinkle on a little sugar for crunch before I take them on the road. Good idea!

    Rebecca
    http://www.ezrapoundcake.com

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  4. I like the orange sugar on top - very nice!

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  5. calichi: the muffin foil tins come right off like regular paper baking cups.

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  6. they look great! the orange sugar is really cute, you don't need the marzipan carrots :)

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  7. I also did cupcakes, yum! Love the orange sugar topping :)

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  8. orange sugar!

    SWEET!.. they look gorgeous!

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  9. So sweet. I had planned to make marzipan carrots too--but then got too lazy and also didn't want to break out my almond paste stash for a few measly carrots. But I just got the book Hello Cupcake, and learned a new trick that will help with being wasteful. Make carrots from Starbursts, and rub with a little cinnamon to create a little dirt! So sweet--and my son can eat the extras! Next time!

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  10. they look amazing....your taste testers must have been excited. I really like the sprinkles!

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  11. I love your orange sprinkles, Mimi! Your colleagues are a lucky bunch!

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  12. I think your cupcakes look yummy!

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  13. I love the bright punch of color from the orange sprinkles! Great job!
    Clara @ I♥food4thought

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  14. I like the crunch of slightly overcooked cupcakes too sometimes!

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  15. they look tasty, and i'm a huge fan of sprinkles! ILDC = i love dorie club?? just a guess.

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  16. Great idea to make cupcakes! I bet they went well at work!

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  17. The sprinkles are cute. I baked my minis for 20 minutes and that seemed just right.

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  18. yes, the i love dorie club! ;)

    and yes, these were totally gobbled up at work! i've never seen my goodies go so quickly!

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  19. I love the sprinkles, they give your cupcakes a playful look, very cute!

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  20. Ooh, pretty sprinkles! I love that you did cupcakes!

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  21. that looks SOOO delicious :) cute orange sprinkles!

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  22. These look so cute and the photos are great!

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  23. I think the crunch sugar on top looks yummy... then of course, I am a complete sugar junkie. So, ILDC - I don't have any idea, so, how about the International League of Daring Cooks?! LOL - now I'm curious!

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  24. I like your orange sugar sprinkles! Great close-up pics!

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  25. Yeah for adorable orange sprinkles! Love some of these photos! Great job on making cupcakes and not dirtying a pan!

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  26. Yes! Less work! No dirty pan! Love the color of the orange sprinkles on snow white frosting!
    Donna

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  27. I do like the crunchy sugar top when they get overbaked.

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  28. Is there ever time for marzipan carrots? Having fun guessing ILDC. Thanks for passing on my info to your friends. :)

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  29. The orange sprinkle really makes them look great! Gorgeous photos Mimi!

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  30. My cupcakes also suffered from 'sink and spread'... but I'm with you: they tasted great!

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  31. Great cupcakes! The orange sugar crystals on top look amazing!

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