The first batch of carrot cupcakes was so horrific I almost didn't even try a second attempt. However, I promised Jon of Jon's Painting a dozen cupcakes of his choice, for giving me such a fantastic price for painting my house. He chose carrot cake, so I searched online for a recipe that had good reviews.
And Google came to the rescue, as always, with this recipe for The Best Ever Carrot Cake Cupcakes. I made them today, with hand-crushed pineapple (Thanks, Sweetheart!) and walnuts instead of pecans. The recipe made about 30 cupcakes, and they came out very well, says my husband. Whew!! So I made up a double batch of cream cheese icing (2 blocks Philly, 3 pounds or so sifted powdered sugar, bunch of vanilla) and iced them up. Stepson gave a thumbs up, so I think we're good to go.
I've got these ones in the fridge. It's HOT here today, and I just don't think that cream cheese icing has the same ability to be stiff and fluffy that buttercream does. Maybe THAT's why the cream cheese icing recipes always call for a little bit of butter, too. I leave the butter out usually, but maybe next time I'll try putting the butter in. It seemed to work very well in the lemon cream cheese icing, but I wanted it there to creamy up the lemon flavor a bit. Hm. Let's try, oh, I dunno, actually following a recipe and see what happens!
And while we're on the Philly recipe page, please join me in a SQUEEEEEE, 'cause, damn:
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon-Cream Cheese Frosting
I want to make these, DESPERATELY, but I don't know if I'll have time before my surgery on June 25. I have only 2 weekends between now and then, and I've got to get my house in order. We'll see!
PS: Alice's cookbook is out!! And for a $2.50 upcharge, you can pre-order the Kindle version. It might go OK on my Kindle Fire, but I am not sure enough to buy that version. I think I'll stick with the dead-tree version!
Lesson Learned: Recipes don't always know what they're talking about (witness the first carrot cupcake debacle), but it might be advisable to try following them before deciding to change them up.