Mini carrot cupcakes

 I really only first paid attention to the concept of the mini cupcake after having been introduced to a cupcake chain in Melbourne called Little Cupcakes. They sell ridiculously cute mini cupcakes in all sorts of flavours, and cater handsomely to the gluten free among us. The coffee one? Perfect. Where are emojis when you need them? 

I credit them for my realisation that mini is indeed the perfect size for a cupcake. Not enough to push you over and make you feel ill, but just enough that you have had a bit of a sweet hit and can tick off 'treat yoself' from your daily to do list. 

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INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cup grated carrot
1 1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup oat flour (as always, I processed my own)
1/2 cup rice flour
2 eggs
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2-1 teaspoon nutmeg (depending on how spicy you like it.. I think nutmeg is the star of carrot cake though)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup yoghurt (any sort should be fine)
1/2 cup walnuts

For the frosting:
200g ricotta (buy it from the supermarket deli, not the runny stuff in the cheese section)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 tablespoons milk or water, to thin

 

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METHOD:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. 
2. In a large mixing bowl, add all of the cake ingredients and mix until it is well combined.
3. Divide the mixture evenly into greased mini muffin tins. The tray I used held 24 cupcakes, but if you only have a regular tin then I'm sure that won't be the end of the world. If you can, take the time to shape the tops of the muffins nicely/evenly. It will make them look prettier than mine and make putting the ricotta icing on ten times easier.
4. Pop them into the oven for around 15-20 minutes. 
5. In the interim, mix up your 'frosting.' Simply chuck the ingredients in a bowl and mix well, until a buttercream type frosting consistency is reached.
6. Let the muffins cool a bit, and then use a thick n chunky knife or a spatula to spread the frosting on. Done! Top with carefully placed grated carrot if you are like me and have too much time on your hands. 

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