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Cardamom & carrot cupcakes

Cardamom & carrot cupcakes

The tenderest crumb, a fragrant hit of citrus and spice, plus fluffy mascarpone frosting... These are the mini cakes dreams are made of. 

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  • Makes12
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare30 mins
  • Cook20 mins
  • Total time50 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 175g light brown soft sugar
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 200g (about 2 medium) carrots, coarsely grated
  • 2 oranges (scrubbed), zest
  • 150g mascarpone
  • 120g icing sugar
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake cases. Bash open the cardamom pods, then grind the seeds into a powder with a pestle and mortar or in a bowl using the end of a rolling pin. In a large bowl, whisk the sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and ground cardamom.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and olive oil, then pour over the dry ingredients with the grated carrots and zest of 1 orange. Fold together to a smooth batter, then divide among the cupcake cases. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden, risen and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  3. In a bowl, use an electric hand mixer to beat the mascarpone for 1 minute. Sift over the icing sugar and a pinch of salt, add the vanilla, then beat for 3-5 minutes until fluffy. Transfer the icing to a piping bag and pipe onto the cupcakes, or spread it on with a spoon. Scatter over the remaining orange zest and serve.


Typical values per item when made using specific products in recipe


1,440kJ/ 345kcals



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