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    Carrot Cupcakes with Orange Zest

    Naturally tasty and full of goodness, carrots are perfect in these beautifully moist individual versions of the classic teatime favourite - carrot cake.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes to 25 minutes
    • Total time: 30 minutes to 35 minutes 35 minutes

    Makes: 12

    Ingredients

    2 large eggs
    175g golden caster sugar
    150ml sunflower oil
    200g self-raising flour, sifted
    3 tsp mixed spice
    2 medium carrots, coarsely grated
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    Finely grated zest of 2 oranges
    1½ x 200g tubs Waitrose Light Soft Cheese
    50g golden icing sugar, sifted

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place 12 paper muffin cases in a deep bun or muffin tin.
    2. Put the eggs, sugar and oil in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
    3. Using a metal spoon, gently fold in the flour, spice, grated carrot, vanilla extract and half the orange zest, until thoroughly combined.
    4. Divide the mixture between the muffin cases then place in the oven for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
    5. For the frosting, beat together the soft cheese and icing sugar until smooth. Chill until ready to use. Spread liberally over the cooled cakes and top with the remaining zest, or, as shown, make long strips of zest using a zester.

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    Cook's tips

    You can make 18-20 smaller cakes in fairy cake cases, if you prefer. Cook for 18-20 minutes. For added texture and flavour, try adding chopped nuts or pecans to the mixture. Once the cakes are frosted they should be eaten within a couple of hours or stored in the fridge.

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