Saturday 19 February 2011

Mini Zesty Carrot Cakes

I baked some more dog biscuits the other day, carrot and seedy ones. The smell drove me mad and ever since i have had a hankerin' for some carrot cake, well today my dreams came true.

I used a mixture of this and katie's recipe. Since im only really baking for myself (harry and beebz dont share this sweet tooth) i have adapted and halved the recipe.

Makes 5 big boy healthy cupcakes.
85 calories each (110 with generous amount of frosting)
( there are only 4 in the pictures because i had a cheeky warm as soon as i got em out of the oven.)
1/2 cup whole meal flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup of splenda
1/2 cup apple sauce/puree
1 egg
tsp baking powder
orange zest
1 large carrot
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt.

  • In a large mixing bowl mix  and thoroughly whisk up all wet ingredients.
  • grate carrot and orange zest and add to mix.
  • sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon.
  • carefully fold batter
  • spoon mixture in to muffin papers
bake at 180 degrees for 18- 20 minutes.
once cooled I sliced each cake in half and filled with a creamy filling. For the frosting i used half a package of fat free cream cheese and 2 tsp of splenda sweetner. dusted with icing sugar to finish.
this special one was topped with extra frosting and sprinkle with chopped almonds.


  1. Thank you! and thank you forgiving me the inspiration. i love your blog.

  2. they look beautiful and i'll bet they tasted divine!

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  4. These cupcakes are AMAZING!! My husband even ate one and he doesn't eat "diet rabbit" food!!! Keep up the great recipes! But this says bake at you mean 350??

  5. These look amazing. I did make these but they didn't turn out like yours. My oven was set at 180...did you mean 350? (sorry to bring it up but i want mine to look like yours, LOL ) Love your blog BTW :)

  6. HI! yes it should be 180*C or 350*F! goodluck with baking the next batch! xx

  7. Mine don't look like that either! They're really ugly. Lol hmmm what did I do wrong? And they took a lonnnnggggggggg time to bake!

  8. made these yesterday all gone very nice

  9. What do you mean "whole meal" flour?

  10. Whole meal is what my Irish Granny called whole wheat.

  11. Whole meal is what my Irish Granny called whole wheat.

  12. Can some other type of flour be substituted?

  13. There are great, but when I calculated the nutritional facts, each cupcake came out to about 160 calories.. Just something to consider.