Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer (Carrot) Cupcakes Recipe

If you take away the button eyes, sparkly nose and chocolate antlers, then really this is just your basic carrot cake with cream cheese icing - that is delicious year round!
I absolutely love this recipe and whenever I make it the cupcakes never last very long. They are pretty lightweight but because of the extra water in the carrot they stay all (I despise this word) moist.
I took these ones in to share with my friends at work and they were a huge hit. They definitely made everyone feel festive and jolly. I hope you love them as much as we did.

carrot cupcakes 

2 grated carrots (300g)
1 cup Self-rising flour (150g)
½ cup Plain flour (75g)
1 tsp bicarbonate of Soda 
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup Brown sugar (80g)
¾ cup oil (185ml)
½ cup golden syrup (125g)
3 Eggs 
1 tsp Vanilla essence 
250g spreadable cream cheese 
½ icing sugar (80g)
½ tsp vanilla essence 
24 red smarties or M&Ms (optional red food glitter)
24 pairs of candy eyes 
24 chocolate coated pretzels (sliced in half)

Casualty Reindeer 

  1. Preheat oven to 170*C and grease 20cm base round cake pan.
  2. Peel and grate carrots and set aside.
  3. Sift flours, bicarbonate of Soda, cinnamon and nutmeg into large bowl and set aside.
  4. Combine and whisk brown sugar, oil, golden syrup, eggs and vanilla essence in separate bowl. 
  5. Add wet mixture into dry ingredients. Slowly stir in with a wooden spoon.
  6. Add carrot.
  7. Pour mixture into baking pan and bake for 20 minutes. 
  8. To make icing place cream cheese, icing and vanilla essence in a medium bowl and whisk until creamy and smooth. 
  9. Spread over cooled cake and decorate until your hearts content !
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