As much as I enjoy Easter and want to introduce little T to some Easter traditions, toddlers and lots of sugar aren’t a great mix. So I’ve come up with a recipe for toddler-friendly low sugar Easter carrot cupcakes so that T can take part in Easter celebrations without ending up bouncing off the walls. They contain no processed sugar and the overall sugar content is between 1/2 and 1/3 of a normal carrot cupcake. They are also high in fat which is great for toddlers who need a higher concentration of fat in their diet (but not so great for Mummy’s waistline!) and it sneaks some extra vegetables into their diet. Oh, and they taste so good you’ll have no idea that they are a ‘healthier’ recipe!
Makes 15 cupcakes
- 300g carrots, grated
- 3 eggs
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 60ml honey
- 175g self-raising flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp mixed spice
- Zest of one orange
- 75g sultanas
Cream cheese topping
- 180g cream cheese
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- Carrot cake decorations (optional)
- Easter bunny cake toppers (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Put paper cases into a cupcake tray.
- Combine the carrot, eggs, oil and honey in a large bowl.
- Sieve the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and mixed spice into another bowl. Add the sultanas and orange zest.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients in one bowl.
- Spoon the mixture into paper cases so that they are 2/3 full.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- Leave the cakes to cool for a few minutes then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Mix the cream cheese until smooth and creamy then add the maple syrup.
- Spoon the cream cheese topping onto the cakes and decorate as desired!
The cakes will keep for several days in an airtight container. You can also freeze cupcakes without topping on.
Little T really enjoyed helping me make the cakes and, as you can see from the last picture, a little bit of extra love went into each one!
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