As a child, I looked forward to Easter—but not for a child’s usual reasons (dyeing Easter eggs, Easter candy, new Easter dress, Easter dinners with my aunts, uncles, and cousins). Nope.
For me, it was the food. One of my favorites was a giant Carrot Cake baked in a Bundt pan, slathered with Cream-Cheese Frosting. My mother only made that cake for special occasions so it was a real treat.
My mother was one of 12 children, so there were plenty of people to eat that huge cake at these large Easter dinners. In fact, I grew up with nearly 40 first cousins in my small community so there was nary a crumb left on the plate.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes: Perfect for Small Households
Today, I still love Carrot Cake. But a full-size Carrot Cake for just the two of us (we are empty-nesters) is just too much food. But why should I give up eating one of the most heavenly desserts on earth when the solution is to simply bake smaller versions?
For the Carrot Cake, I scaled down my huge Bundt cake version to just 6 gluten-free cupcakes. There are lots of ingredients in a Carrot Cake, so there was a lot of kitchen math to make sure each ingredient remained in balance with the others and tastes great. Now I’m sharing the recipe with you. It is perfect for any small household (empty-nesters, couples, newlyweds, roommates, etc.)
Get The Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe; Or Listen to My Interview with Faith Middleton on Food Schmooze
Last week, the delightful Faith Middleton—from the radio show Food Schmooze on WNPR in Connecticut—interviewed me about my new book and declared that these Carrot Cake Cupcakes “need to be on every Easter buffet table.”
If you would like the recipe, it is reprinted for your convenience at Faith Middleton Food Schmooze. (You will also find two other small-scale recipes from this new book: Asparagus Soup and Layered Bean-Tortilla Casserole.) If you like, you can also listen to the radio interview at that same link.
Introducing My New Cookbook, Gluten-Free Cooking for Two
I also downsized another 125 of my favorite full-size recipes to serve two people and it became my latest cookbook Gluten-Free Cooking for Two, which publishes this month. To learn more about the recipes in this book, go to my website.
Happy Easter! Enjoy these Carrot Cake Cupcakes!