Heartwarming Ras al Hanout Carrot Cupcakes

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I received a beautiful book in the mail called Casablanca: My Moroccan Food. It’s a beautiful book all about Moroccan food. It’s filled with tagines, delicious pastries, traditional Moroccan food and more contemporary adaptations. She has a recipe for ras al hanout carrot cupcakes which I could not stop thinking about! I decided to use her idea and put it in my favorite carrot cake recipe. These are so deliciously fluffy and the warm spices add such a delicious savory element to them.

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Pair it with the classic cream cheese frosting and you have a glorious cupcake that is perfect for fall. The best part about this recipe is each of the components can be made separately, kept in the fridge or freezer and then assembled right before serving.

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Carrot Cupcakes

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These carrot cupcakes are so deliciously fluffy and the warm spices add a delicious savory element to them. (Recipe Credit: Adrianna Adarme of Fresh Tastes)

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Ingredients

  • Carrot Cake Dry Mix:
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Carrot Cake Wet Mix:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 1/2 cups grated carrots 
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Spiced Frosting:
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions

  1. To Make the Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two (12-cavity) cupcake tins. I used cooking spray. You can also line them with cupcake liners. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set the dry mixture aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand-up mixer, with the paddle attachment, add the butter, white sugar and brown sugar; beat until nice and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the oil and eggs. Beat until combined. 
  4. Alternating between the buttermilk and the dry mix, add them to the butter mixture, until just combined. Lastly, add the carrots and walnuts and mix until thoroughly distributed throughout the batter.
  5. To fill up the cupcake tin, I used a cookie scoop to make it easy on myself. Fill each cupcake tin about half way. I baked these in batches because doing two at the same time didn’t end well for me. Transfer the first cupcake tin to the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Repeat with the second batch of batter.
  6. Allow them to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool before adding the frosting. 
  7. To Make the Frosting: To the bowl of a stand-up mixer, sift in the powdered sugar, add the vanilla extract, salt and heavy cream. Beat the frosting for about 3 minutes. The fluffiness from the heavy cream really lightens up this frosting so be sure to beat it for the full 3 minutes. If the frosting is too loose, feel free to transfer it to the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes. Then beat it one last time. 
  8. Decorate the cupcakes however you like! Garnish with pumpkin brittle or however you like.

Adrianna Adarme - PBS Food Fresh Tastes BloggerAdrianna Adarme is a food blogger and author living in Los Angeles, California. She writes the blog A Cozy Kitchen, where she shares comforting, everyday recipes from her kitchen. She recently authored her first cookbook, PANCAKES: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack. She’s a lover of breakfast, pie (and sometimes even pie for breakfast), corgis and cute things. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.