Carrot cake is something that I really only make during the Easter-time. It is the only time of the year where I really fancy it.
Last year I found a really tasty recipe and kept the decoration of the muffins really simple and elegant.
The recipe I used is perfect for my liking as the cakes themselves are not very sweet, but the icing then gives them the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering.
So after trying out many recipes this is the recipe I preferred the most. And therefore I decided to use it again this year but do the decoration of the muffins differently, a bit more colourful. That way they are definitely an eye-catcher on the breakfast-table on Easter Sunday. You can find the recipe and a small how-to below.
This is the recipe I used:
You will need:
(for the dough)
360g carrots (grated)
2 tsp baking powder
a bit of cinnamon
250ml vegetable oil
200g almonds (grated)
(for the frosting)
300g cream cheese
100g icing sugar
a bit of lemon juice
1 pack vanilla sugar
green food colouring
1 pack of marzipan
small chocolate bunnies
2 small packs of Mini Eggs
Mix the sugar, oil, cinnamon and eggs. Add almonds and carrots as well as the flour and the baking powder.
Place paper moulds in two muffin trays, fill the moulds and bake at 180 degrees for around 30 mins.
For the frosting mix cream cheese and lemon juice until smooth and slowly add vanilla sugar and icing sugar.
To decorate the muffins I coloured the frosting with green food colouring. Please be careful to not add too much food colouring to it as otherwise the frosting gets slightly bitter!
With the help of a spoon I coated the top of the baked muffins with the colored icing. I used around one table spoon per muffin.
After that I colored the marzipan by kneading it and adding food coloring to it until distributed evenly.
To make the marzipan look like grass I used my garlic press. First I was really scared that the marzipan would taste of garlic after using the press but fortunately this wasn’t the case. It makes always sense to check it before you make all the grass :).
The single patches of marzipan-grass I placed carefully on the coated muffins and left space without marzipan in the middle of the muffin. In there I carefully placed either a chocolate bunny or a couple of mini eggs. For the bunnies the empty space needs to be a bit wider so that the bunny sits “in” the grass rather than “on top”.
I hope my explanation makes sense. I have to say the muffins are quite easy to make and even possible to make for slightly clumsy people (like myself) :).
I think especially kids (and/or kids at heart) will love how they look like.
And maybe some of you actually have a bit of time before the weekend to bake those muffins?
I hope you all have a great Easter weekend! I will spend mine with my family and I am really looking forward to it.