Carrots meet cream cheese, in a vegan cupcake.
So in the aftermath of not cooking this week, my baking mitts were getting a bit antsy. A bag of shredded carrots and a tub of tofutti spread were burning a hole in my apron and I was compelled to throw something together. A quick flip through a few vegan cookbooks brought me to The Joy of Vegan Baking‘s “Carrot Cake” recipe. I felt like I had a 50/50 shot at a good cake since I absolutely love the moist chocolate cake recipe, however found the vanilla cake rather dense.
I stuck to the recipe and let the cupcakes cook for about 25-minutes until the toothpick came out clean, yielding 18-cupcakes. These cupcakes have a hard time keeping their shape (probably due to the moistness/oil) so they need to sit for a few minutes in the pan before being transferred to cool. Personally, I tend to enjoy a whipped cream cheese frosting – however I stuck with the “cream cheese” frosting in the book, which only called for powdered sugar and vanilla. I thought it needed a little something and added a teaspoon of cinnamon.
As you can see the frosting was more like a gooey glaze, and not meant for piping. I squirted some on and let it fall into place, topping with a shake of orange sugar.
Mmm. The cake is surprisingly quite moist, with pieces of carrot, raisin, and walnuts in every bite. I will 100% return to this recipe – D approves! Now what am I going to do with over a dozen cupcakes!? Baking is the easy part, pushing off my goods can sometimes be hard.
Today I attended yoga with one of my best friends from high school who just started practicing yoga at a traditional studio, and she had a blast. We both left dripping wet with our spirits high – in fact, she said she actually felt that “yoga high” for the first time. Yea, hot yoga! She’s going to come with me again tomorrow while she’s in town too. It’s so nice to go with a friend. I know yoga is an individual practice – much like any fitness activity – however I like being able to leave and share my experience with a familiar face.
I want so badly to run, but I think I may try to hit the elliptical today since I feel like I’m getting a bit soft. I’m considering attempting the Galloway method to build up back to running, anyone have any experience with this? Happy weekend!