Friday, 13 April 2012

Carrot Cake with Cute Carrot Decorations


I have made Carrot Cupcakes on the blog before and the recipe hasn't changed other than a little addition of milk. You can visit my other post for the recipe and if the batter is too thick, like I found it to be this time, then add a few tablespoons of warm milk. I'm doing this post more so for the decorations that I had done and I thought they were extremely cute. If you know me, you'll know that I don't like to do the same recipes twice, not only for my blog but also in real life. But this is an exception because someone requested carrot cakes to go with the Easter bunny theme.



Piping the carrots were much easier than I thought. I used a medium sized round tip and just piped a line then dragged it at the tip. I wasn't completely happy with the greens because I originally wanted to use parsley to make it look more realistic. I used a cream cheese frosting for the cupcakes and a butter cream frosting for the carrots. Cream cheese frostings usually come out softer than a butter cream and can't be stiffened with the addition of icing sugar. The butter cream holds its shape much better and it's important that the carrots don't lose their shapes and smudge all over the place.


Ingredients:

1 recipe for carrot cupcakes
1 recipe for cream cheese frosting
1/2 recipe for butter cream frosting
chopped walnuts
food coloring : red, yellow, green




You can pipe on the frosting but why waste a piping bag when you are going to hide it under the chopped walnuts anyways. I used my 9-inch offset spatula (a butter knife would also work) and just frosted each cupcake liberally. 


Turn them in the walnuts so the outside gets completely coated, leaving a window in the center for the carrots.





separate the frosting into 2 bowls. Begin with a drop of red and yellow food colouring and add more until you get the desired shade of carrot colour. There's really no measurement for this because colour preferences will be different and the amount of frosting you have will also influence the colour.


So just start piping the carrot from the center and drag it down, leaving some space on top for the greens. You'll notice that there are some lines on the carrots that resembles the wrinkles on the real carrots. At first I thought I'd have to go in and draw them on, but it just naturally appeared as I piped them.


You can see the tip that I used for the carrots. For the greens I just snipped off a tiny bit from the tip so I have a more control.

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