A little tip for the Easter Bunny

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Carrot Cake Recipe

Dear Easter Bunny,

If you would be so kind as to hide some of these yummy carrot mini-cupcakes on a stick instead of the traditional hard boiled eggs, I would be forever in your gratitude.

Sincerely,

mom to Autumn and Jack

But seriously, why not hide these too? Please be sure it’s not a super hot day with the cupcakes in the sun for hours, cause yuck! Just bake and frost as usual, refrigerate until the frosting is set. Poke a small hole in the bottom, either with a skewer or knife, and insert a lollipop stick. Small 3 or 4 inch wide cellophane party favor bags work perfectly, tied with a bit of ribbon or string at the bottom.

Stick them directly in the soil, or add them to planter pots filled with rice, beans, styrofoam blocks or oasis florist foam. I used these small green and yellow pots from the dollar bin at Target, but any terracotta or galvanized pot will do.

Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
4 large eggs
3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound carrots, grated medium fine

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
1. in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and baking powder.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment, beat the eggs at high speed until light and frothy, about 1 minute. Decrease the speed to medium and add the oil, sugar, and salt, and mix until just combined. Decrease the speed to low and add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
3. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the carrots.
4. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full.
5. Bake 15 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese frosting

12 ounces or 1 1/2 packages of cream cheese
1/2 stick butter
4 to 5 cups of sifted powdered sugar
seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean
1 tsp vanilla extract

1. bring cheese and butter to room temp by letting it sit out for 1 to 2 hours
2. sift powdered sugar into a bowl or onto parchment paper
3. beat butter and cheese at medium speed until creamy
4. add 4 cups of the sugar and beat until combined
5. add vanillas and beat until combined
6. add more sugar until you get to the consistency and sweetness you like

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