Cupcake Hero #4: [Marshmallow]

March 14, 2008 at 8:06 PM | Posted in Cupcake Hero, cupcakes | 23 Comments
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I have to say that Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Its not b/c I am religious… its more commercial for me. Actually its “post” Easter b/c thats when all the easter candy and bunny related stuff is 75% off! You better believe I stock up!

I had a couple ideas right away when the Cupcake Hero ingredient was announced. I automatically thought about my favorite Easter candy – cadbury eggs – but I explained in a previous entry that it didn’t work quite the way I intended. Oh well… back to the drawing…er… baking board. Then I decided to be more adventurous and make a cupcake that embodies all things that come to mind when I think of Easter.

Second times the charm right? ;)

Is less really more? I hope not b/c this cupcake has alot going on!

HOPPY (early) EASTER EVERYBUNNY!
♥o♥o,
Me and my bunnies, Snickerdoodle and OpieBun

Chocolate Carrot Cake w/ Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting


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(Recipe adapted from grouprecipes.com | photos from me!)

Makes about 24 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

For the cupcakes
2-1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1-1/3 cup unbleached AP flour
2/3 cup unsweetened coca powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs, room temperature
1-1/4 cup honey
2/3 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
3/4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
1-1/2 cups grated carrots

For the frosting
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese ,softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 jar (7oz) marshmallow creme
4-5 cups powder sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 350 F.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler then set aside to cool. In bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In a separate bowl beat eggs then add honey and beat until light. Add butter to eggs and beat well then stir in vanilla and lemon zest. Add cooled chocolate and mix well. Stir in buttermilk then dry ingredients just until combined then stir in grated carrots.

Pour batter into cupcake liners.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before taking out of pans then cool completely and frost.

To make frosting—
Cream butter and cream cheese. Add marshmallow fluff to butter and cream cheese mixture until incorporated. Add 4 cups powder sugar and mix well. Add additional powder sugar until you get desired consistency.

Frost cupcakes with 1M piping tip and garnish with shredded carrot and/or chocolate jimmies.

ENJOY! :)

Husband rating: A
He really liked the chocolate and carrot cake combination. He said he tasted more chocolate than carrot cake but he wasn’t complaining about it. ;)

Wifey rating: A/A-
I am not a big fan of carrot cake so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I liked the chocolate and carrot cake combination. The marshmallow cream cheese frosting was to die for!


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OpieBun (L) ~ me and Snickerdoodle (R)
Notice the size difference between cupcakes and bunnies? OpieBun is 15lbs and Snickerdoodle is 4lbs.

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23 Comments

  1. so are you sending me some of them cuppys i think the shippping test need ot be continuted

  2. thanks for not replying to me … i know opie is more important than your NB :P

  3. NIKKI, all those cuppies are spoken for. sowwy. But don’t worry… MB cuppys are next! w00t!

  4. Wow those look delicious. I saw them do chocolate carrot cake on Iron Chef and I thought it looked good then, but this looks even better with the marshmallow frosting!

  5. KRISTAN, omg. Love the lip gloss! I write for All Things Cupcake and I think I’ve seen it on there but just in case we missed this great find, I’ll definitely have to post! Thanks for sharing! ps. Nice to “meet” you!

    MARY, darn I must have missed that episode! Personally think my recipe is more chocolate than carrot but I am not complaining! The frosting is the best part. Mmmmm….

  6. Some part of my odd sensory desire to keep certain food groups separate is SCREAMING “No, carrots & chocolate can’t touch each other!!” So I don’t know if I could do this one. I think I’m more into traditional carrot cake. But, the bunny pictures are precious. It does seem like the perfect season/holiday to get your fix of all things bunny.

  7. ZEBE, haha. I am the opposite – not a carrot cake fan so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to taint my chocolate with a carrot cake, but I was surprised that it wasn’t too bad! Thanks about my bunnies. I just wub them ♥

  8. yumm…I love chocolate and carrot cake

  9. Chocolate and carrot sounds like a fun combo and I love the cream cheese and marshmellow mix. How tasty!

  10. BETH, thanky!

    GRETCHEN, omg. the frosting was so good. I liked it more than the “cake”. haha.

  11. oh my..we dont have marshmallow creme here in the Philippines is there an alternative?

  12. I am not a fan of carrot cake either, but I may like the chocolate version. Everything is better with chocolate…right?

  13. GAILEY, try this recipe as a substitute. I’ve never made it myself but I think it would work!

    APRIL, agreed! chocolate makes everything better!

  14. Your bunnies are precious!
    My hubby loves carrot cake, I might have to try these out on him!

  15. KRISTINA, thanky! My bunnies are a constant source of companionship and entertainment. I wub them so much! They are alot of work but great pets!

  16. BUNNY!!! zomg, I almost ended up with bunnies at the fair last week. I love them! I spent like half an hour bugging the dude to let me pet and hold them. Opie with the cupcake is the most adorable thing ever! I miss my bunny, Nimbus would have been a fierce model. My cow isn’t fond of my baking but she seems fond of sleeping on my crafts.

  17. BOMBSHELL, I lurve my bunnies! They are beautiful souls. I hope you are able to adopt another bunny someday. There are so many homeless bunnies that would love a good home.
    ::laughing about your cow comment::

  18. I <3 Bunnies.

  19. ALANNA, aren’t they precious? I wub them.

  20. [...] of I Heart Cuppycakes baked Chocolate Carrot Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Frosting. She wanted to bake all the things she loved about Easter into one cupcake. Very…interesting [...]

  21. where is the cheese cupcake?
    i need it please!
    we need to have the recipe of cheese cupcake for our project..
    thanks!

  22. PRETTY, Cheese cupcake? I made a mac&cheese cupcake. Is that what you’re looking for?


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