09 January 2012

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupakes

I've learned a lot of things over the past few months in our new house.

For example, I can now assure you that maroon, goldenrod, faux-finish yellow, dark taupe, and hunter green are very nice colors to use on walls. But not if they are all in the same room.

Ocean blue and dark blue are also nice colors. Unless they are covering the walls, ceiling, baseboards, heater vents, intercom vents, light fixtures, and closet/bedroom doors.

Ditto hot pink and neon green.

{Don't overfill the pans...thank goodness for frosting.}
Did you know that window blinds need to be cleaned once in awhile? If not, years worth of dust and grime actually build up on them, forcing the person who tries to clean them to fling dirty water everywhere and cause their children to repeat naughty words said in the heat of battle.

Ditto showers and bathtubs.

Oh, and I never realized that having a dog go outside to um...you know...was optional. All these years I've been trekking outside in freezing or burning hot weather to pick up Ginger's presents. I should have just sent her into the (carpeted) garage. Or the walled in sunporch.

Needless to say, there were lots of little fix-its and repairs to be made. One of our old neighbors was a contractor in need of work and he did a ton of stuff (including new flooring and ripping out that disgusting sunporch) for way less than if we'd hired someone official.

So, of course, as a thank you, I made him cupcakes.

I asked him what his favorite dessert was. He told me his two favorites are carrot cake and cheesecake.

And these cupcakes were born.

A layer of carrot cake. A layer of cheesecake. Cream cheese frosting.

I will relay your thank you's to him the next time he comes to fix something.

Because I figure there will be a next time. There always is, isn't there?

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Cupcakes
Carrot Cake adapted from Allrecipes

For the Cupcakes:
1 egg
1/3 cup vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup shredded carrots

For the Cheesecake:
1 pack (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon vanilla
1 egg

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.       Preheat oven to 350°. Line muffin pan with liners. Set aside.
2.       Make the cake batter:  In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, sugar, and vanilla. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir in carrots. Pour evenly into 12 muffin liners. Set aside.
3.       Make the cheesecake batter: Mix together cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla with a hand-held mixer. Pour evenly on top of cake batter in muffin pan.
4.       Bake for about 25 minutes, until cheesecake is no longer runny.  Cool completely.
5.       Make the frosting: Using a hand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Frosting option: use a 1M tip for a beautiful cupcake. Store in refrigerator.

Yield: 12 cupcakes

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At May 20, 2012 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

I made these for Easter and the cream cheese frosting is heavenly. It has become our go-to cream cheese frosting recipe. Rich and sinful. We've used it with a lemon cake and plan to use it for the red velvet cupcakes at a bridal shower this summer.

At May 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM , Blogger Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

I'm so glad you like it! :) Thanks for letting me know.

At July 15, 2012 at 11:44 PM , Blogger andyyy said...

Your presentation is really nice. I am planning to make the best cheesecake in New York by adding up a little something new on my original recipe. I haven't tried carrots yet and I would liek to try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe.


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