Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Carrot & Cardamom cupcake and cookbook giveaway



I have caught the cupcake bug. It seems like I have been baking a variety of cupcakes recently and I blame it on the weather. It is the time of the year to put away the shorts and pull out the sweaters. Except some of my summer clothes are going into my check in luggage...I will be visiting my family in less than a week!

Back to the cupcakes - You do not need mixer of any kind to make this- just a whisk, a large bowl , a grater and 15 minutes tops for it to come together. The cupcakes stay moist for a few days. The freshly ground cardamom and ginger gives it a gentle hint of spice . Think of it as a quicker and lighter version of a carrot cake. This recipe comes from Susannah Blake's books aptly titled Cupcakes. This book is filled with recipes that are straightforward and perfect for hesitant bakers :) AND this is your lucky day - I am giving a copy away! What is your favourite cupcake? Leave a comment and I will randomly pick a winner. Deadline is Wednesday, Oct 1st.




Carrot and Cardamom Cupcake -
by Susannah Blake
1/2 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
grated zest of 1 orange
1/2 tsp ground ginger
5 cardamom pods - seeds only - finely crushed
1 1/2 cup self raising flour
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup walnuts - roughly chopped
a pinch of salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.

Pour oil, sugar, eggs in a large bowl and mix well with a whisk. Add in orange zest, crushed cardamom seeds, ginger and grated carrots and mix well. Fold in flour, carrots and nuts to the oil mixture.

Spoon mixture into the lined muffin pan and bake for 20 - 30 minutes to until cupcakes are done. Cool completely on a rack. Makes one dozen cupcakes.


55 comments:

Jeanine said...

Oh wow, your cupcakes look fantastic! The cardamom sounds like a great addition to carrot cupcakes. And for my favorite cupcake...hmm...I like chocolate cupcakes with the frosting squeezed into the center of the cupcakes. Delicious, and not messy to transport either!

Salt N Turmeric said...

I dont know why i dont really fancy cupcakes but i do like to look at them esp those decorated ones. lol. Yours look spongy and pretty too.

Is it already cold there? We'r still having hot weather this week. Panas!

Susan said...

those cupcakes do really look good...I'm Jeanines Mom and my favorite cupcakes are called morning glory cupcakes. They are made with apple,carrots,raisins,nuts,and cinnamon. Great the next day..nice and moist and the flavour has mingled. Very good with a cup of coffee or tea.

Maya said...

jeanine - chocolate cupcakes with frosting the middle - yum!

salt n turmeric - It has been raining all morning and supposed to wet all weekend. Good thing I balik kampung next week ;)I have been playing around with my cake decorating kit recently, thanks!

susan - morning glory cupcakes sounds like the right way to start the day!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

That has got to be one of the most beautiful plates I have ever seen, Maya! I'm in love! :)

I love lemon cupcakes. My ultimate favorites.

Mary said...

Yum....those look so good. I am cupcake fanatic and recently dragged my two toddlers 30 miles to try to catch up with the cupcake truck in New Haven. My favorite cupcake is the salted caramel cupcake. I like the sweet and salt combo. Mary

Bunny B said...

Mmmm... yummy! I love cupcakes! My fave would be blueberry with vanilla frosting! Thanks :)

bunnybx at gmail . com

Vicki said...

I'm with Mary, salted caramel cupcakes all the way!

Angry Asian said...

does the book teach you how to make the rose icing decoration or did you already know how to do that? either way, it's a pretty cupcake.

cindy* said...

how beautifully frosted! yum!

sarita said...

my favorite cupcakes are the ones that my son and his new wife had at their wedding! they bought a huge two piece cup cake pan. A local bakery made the cupcake for them. it was gorgeous - with rose petals on top and spread about the table..they used a regular cake knife to cut it..lovely lovely thank you for the opportunity to win a cookbook..

Ruby (Mouth) said...

I like to have a devil's food cupcake with choc whipped cream icing, then drizzled with just a little bit of real choc fudge. YUMMY!!!


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Brilynn said...

Most recently my favourite is vanilla bean, but I love trying anything new.

Deblynne said...

I love Gourmet's Blossom-Topped Cupcakes from Sep 1999 They are light and yet substantial and have a lovely home made type of taste. they are topped with a cream cheese based frosting that has some lemon in it and they are topped with edible flowers or with blackberries. They are easy to make and our family likes them. YOur cupcakes look great too. I love cardamom

Erin S. said...

Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing! My favorite cupcakes? Any and all, the cuter, the richer, the moister, the better!

jen said...

I love cardamom. these look delicious, I love the pink icing.

Autumn said...

The pink icing looks like so much fun!

I think my favorite cupcakes are the chocolate devils food with chocolate ganache and raspberry buttercream that have popped up on FoodGawker. I tried them and they were fantastic!

Kiri said...

Those look incredible, two of my favorite flavors. I still make my Mom bake me a carrot cake on my birthday and have never been willing to try another recipe myself as I was sure it could never be as good. This one I think I may have to find though.

I really like making tiramisu cupcakes for special occasions; basic vanilla cupcake with coffee and Kahlua spooned over, frosted and filled with cream cheese icing, then dusted with cinnamon and grated chocolate if I have time. Very yummy, but you'll want to keep your plate handy.

Lo said...

Oh. Wow. I love the carrot and cardamom combo. I have fond memories of cardamom coffee cakes that my grandmother used to make... and this sounds like it would conjure all sorts of memories.

We're big fans of cupcakes at our house! My favorite recipe, so far, is a plain vanilla cupcake from Amy Sedaris... moist and vanilicious!

Kate said...

My favorite cupcake is red velvet with cream cheese icing. The kitchen always looks like a homicide scene when I'm done, but it is so worth it! On the other hand, this recipe looks so simple and gorgeous that I might have a new favorite once I try it!

Shell said...

I would love to win this cookbook. My favorite cupcake is the devil food cupcake. I'm sorry it isn't anything fancier but of course I love any cupcake.

Mel, A Dramatic Mommy said...

Those look great! We haven't really gotten into cupcakes yet since they don't allow birthday treats at our school. But for me, I like the traditional yellow with chocolate frosting. I've been wanting to try Red Velvet but haven't had the occasion.

bleauregard said...

Those look terrific! (Caught this post off of FoodGawker.)

I think my favorite cupcake is the one where I get to have at least 2 at a time. If it's cake in a cup, I'm there. I'm pretty much a bake sale foodie. I'll buy the whole table full.

Enjoy your weekend!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

I am loving this! What a great flavored cupcake!

Jet Pass said...

My favorite is carrot cake cupcakes. Because I love carrot cake so much its nice to have a small bit without having to bake a whole cake. Also they store and freeze well.

ChazFrench said...

Ooh those look awesome. My favorite cupcake is the last one I had, whichever flavor. ;^)

Chocolate on chocolate with a hint of cayenne in the buttercream if I must choose just one.

Zoe Francois said...

Fabulous! I love, love, love your giant rose.

Lori said...

Beautiful rose. Tres bien! I think for me my favorite would be a white cupcake with any kind of frosting really.

Cristine said...

Yummy looking cupcake! I love cardamom!

My fave cupcake is chocolate with oreo-buttercream filling!

kamewh said...

My favorite cupcakes are red velvet! This book looks like a great one - thank you for the giveaway!!

bonnie k said...

Your cupcake is beautiful! I made one with similar flavor from the now defunct cupcake blog:
http://cupcakeblog.com/index.php/2007/10/cashew-carrot-cardamom-cupcakes-with-cashew-cream-cheese-frosting/

But I think my favorite cupcake is chocolate with chai spices. Yum!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

So pretty! What a wonderful and original combination of flavors!

Cheers,

Rosa

ruby said...

such pretty cupcakes! i'm a florist and a cupcake devotee, so these are just perrrrfect :D cardamom is such a great thing to use in sweets, gives them depth!

my favourite cupcake is a double chocolate and raspberry number. with ganache icing. don't often get fresh raspberries where i live in australia, but oh my goodness, i love them!

Dipika said...

Such a gorgeous looking cupcake...I am Indian, so the spices you use are familiar but take on a new life in a cake.

I have never made this cupcake, but my favorite imaginary flavor would be blanched almonds, rosewater, cardamom, lemon zest and a cream based topping with saffron in it. A Persian flavor party :)

Carolyn said...

Those cupcakes are really pretty, and bet they taste good, too. I love a plain white cupcake with dark chocolate icing. Not fancy, I know, but I like them. Of course, I wouldn't turn down any others, I just really like those. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn

Andrea said...

Red Velvet, definitely. Funny, I was going to leave a comment and tell you how happy I am I just found your blog. Looks like I have pretty good timing!

Katrina said...

I love a really moist vanilla cupcake with coconut frosting. Yummy. Your cupcake is just beautiful

Linda F said...

Never mind the cupcake, I REALLY want to know how you made the rose on top, that is STUNNING :)

Ashley said...

I love any kind of citrus cupcakes...I love the tartness! The rose on the cupcakes you made is gorgeous!

RaeC said...

Those look delicious -- I am such a cardamom addict, I may have to actually try making these!

As for my favourite: pistachio-cardamom-rose cupcakes are my current addiction. I could eat an entire batch and not feel the least bit guilty about it!

maybelle's mom said...

Mango cardamom pistachio OR red currant and vanilla OR rooibos and chocolate OR---darn it is hard to choose.

Cookie said...

My fav cupcake are the Carrotcake Cupcakes I made with Cream Cheese Frosting INSIDE. They were SO good with the creamy white frosting oozing out a lil bit on top. Having the frosting inside makes these cupcakes a lot more portable even though they can get a bit messy when you take your first bite!

kris said...

i am bookmarking this recipe :)

My fave. cupcake is vanilla cupcakes. Less is more!

iska said...

Hi there! I had been surfing for easy-to-follow baking recipes for months now and still haven't got the courage to bake my first ever cake (or muffin, or cupcake or whatever. I happen to find this beautiful photo of cupcake and may also be my lucky day. My favorite cupcake is anything with chocolate or blueberry in it.

Elizabeth said...

I'm really getting into cupcakes lately! They are a lot of fun, there are so many different recipes and ideas out there that I want to try. I love chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing!!

Rong said...

Pretty!
I'm pretty partial towards PUMPKIN SPICE cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They're really yummy and they make the house smell soooo good.

anudivya said...

First time here... and I was bowled over by the cute little pink frosting cupcake. The flower looks so pretty!

jody said...

yum! your pics (and blog) are looking mighty tasty! this is my first visit to your site and i have already bookmarked it. can't wait to read it all and catch up.
my favorite cupcakes tend to be the more savory ones like zucchini or with herbs. i know - strange.
i'll be back . . .
jody

Annika said...

How gorgeous do those cupcakes look! How on earth did you make the icing look like a rose? As for my favorite: it has to be vanilla cupcake with lemon icing.

Happy cook said...

I love cup cakes and love to make them.
The are easy to make and always looks so cute and beautiful.
I love chocolate cup cakes with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

AmyRuth said...

darn....too late for the book but how do you make the beautiful icing look like a rose? That is awesome
AmyRuth
Pls email Amy@AmyRuthBakes.com

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Shu Han said...

the cardamom sounds awesome with the carrot in a cupcake! it's funny because i made sth with similar flavours, but in the form of soup instead, with coconut!

http://mummyicancook.blogspot.com/2011/01/carrot-cardamom-and-coconut-soup.html