Kitchen Faerie Primal Carrot Cupcakes

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This post has been a long time coming! Back when I was just thinking of starting my blog and had chosen a name for myself, my dear friend Lauren came to visit me, and as a housewarming gift she brought me the cutest fairy princess baking kit with cupcake liners and little fairy cupcake inserts! She knows me all too well. It was the perfect gift to start my journey as the Kitchen Faerie! So I decided I definitely needed to make a primal cupcake for these magical cupcake liners. Even though carrots are not a staple in the primal diet, I decided to go with a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting since the carrots would add their natural sweetness to the cake making refined sugar unnecessary. And by all means, these cupcakes are not something to eat regularly, but merely a primal treat that is far better for you than traditional cupcakes for those rare indulgent moments.IMAG0182

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But then I got really busy and kept putting this task off. But when I brought my brand new beautiful teal stand mixer home from Christmas, I knew this would be the first thing I’d create in it. And I even got a matching mini chopper and these adorable ceramic measuring spoons. I put all three to use right away with this recipe–this faerie was very happy!IMAG0179IMAG0181-1 (1) IMAG0185-1

Primal Carrot Cupcakes (Adapted by Cupcake Project) (Difficulty-Easy; Makes 12 cupcakes)

Read more at http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2012/03/paleo-diet-carrot-cupcakes-gluten-free.html#UHsEfrkYO0QWREEL.99

  • 1 1/2 c blanched almond flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 organic free-range eggs, at room temp.
  • 1/4 c organic pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin organic coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 c organic carrots, grated
  • 1/2 c pureed dates
  • 2/3 c organic dried cranberries or raisins (raisins have less added sugar)
  • 1/3 c pure apple cider
  • 2/3 c coarsely chopped walnuts

Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (Difficulty-Easy; Frosts ~12 cupcakes)

  • 8 0z. cream cheese, at room temp.
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temp.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c pure organic maple syrup
 Make the cupcakes:  Preheat oven to 325 F. Using a mini chopper or food processor, puree the dates into a thick paste and set aside. Pour the cranberries or raisins into a small bowl, add the apple cider, and set aside. This helps to reinstate the dried fruit and make it more plump. It also adds a little extra flavor!
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In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, maple syrup, and oil. Fold the carrots and dates into the wet ingredients. IMAG0187

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Strain the cranberries or raisins from the cider, and fold into the batter along with the walnuts. Divide the batter evenly between 12 cupcake liners. Bake at 325 F for about 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

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Make the Frosting: Cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the vanilla and maple syrup. Spoon frosting into a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes or simply spread with a frosting knife and give them their faerie wings!
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