Easter coconut carrot cupcakes (with chocolate Mini Eggs), with mini strawberry cheesecakes in the background.
A simple, grown-up (?) version of carrot cupcakes.
For me, there are three cardinal rules of carrot cakes:
- Moistness: The cake has to be moist but not dense/heavy/greasy, with a coarse but soft crumb.
- Nuts (pecans, walnuts - take your pick): These can go on top as a garnish to add crunch and flavour but never inside the batter. I hate those soft mushy greasy lumps of nuts in some carrot cakes. I might consider adding raisins in the cake if I'm having that kind of a day.
- Frosting: It's all about the cream cheese frosting.
- The third rule is so important, it's worth repeating: it's all about the frosting.
This carrot cupcake looks melancholy without the frosting.