Sweet celebrations are needed now more than ever, in my opinion. With the year we’ve had, things have looked dark, but we’re beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. I firmly believe in celebrating life whenever possible, especially when things get difficult. Celebrations can simply be acknowledging the good things in our lives and honoring them. They can be giving a gift to someone who’s down or who’s having a big event happen in their life without being able to really enjoy it the way they would have a couple of years ago. One thing we’ve been celebrating this past week in the Manz household, is the welcoming of my sister’s new baby! This will be my children’s first, “first” cousin and my kiddies couldn’t be more excited
We’re all over the moon, but we’re also bummed that she can’t have a real baby shower due to COVID restrictions. We’re not letting that stop us, though. In place of the shower or sprinkle, I’m going to make some delicious carrot cake cupcakes to drop off at her house. It will be a simple, sweet treat to let her know how excited we all are for the birth of the baby and that we want to celebrate that. Gemma, my little sous chef just loves being in the kitchen, so she and I are going to whip up these fun cupcakes to drop over to her house. My sister loves carrot cake, so I’m hoping she’ll love our spin on these!
I’ll be making the celebration even better by limiting the added sugar and calories in these tasty cupcakes with the help of Truvia® sweeteners. I used Truvia® Sweet Complete™ in the cupcake batter and Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener in the delectable cream cheese frosting. Both sweeteners are one-to-one replacements for granulated and powdered sugar, respectively, so we get all the flavor without having to do a bunch of complicated math equations.
Truvia® Sweet Complete™ is made with a combination of stevia, chicory root fiber, and erythritol and a total game changer in everything from cocktails to BBQ glazes to dessert. Besides reducing the overall added sugar and calories, Sweet Complete™ also bakes and browns in recipes – making it my go-to for baking cupcakes and beyond.
Ingredients Carrot Cupcakes:
2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup canola oil
1⁄2 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla
2 1⁄2 cups finely shredded carrots
3⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
6 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
½ cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Sprinkles of choice
Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, combine flour, Truvia® Sweet Complete™ All-Purpose Sweetener for the cake, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and whisk together. In a second bowl, beat eggs, then mix in canola oil, buttermilk, vanilla, and carrots. Add carrot mixture to flour mixture and stir to combine. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into cupcake tins. Bake for 30 minutes.
Now let’s make the frosting! Add Truvia® Confectioners Sweetener to cream cheese, butter, vanilla and whip with a mixer until light and fluffy. Frost cupcakes and top with your favorite toppings, such as sprinkles and shredded coconut.
Gemma and I were so excited to bake up these carrot cake cupcakes for my sister. I know she’s going to love them and the sentiment behind them. Join me and create your own celebration with Truvia®! After all, it’s not the sugar that makes sweet celebrations (in-person or otherwise) so wonderfully memorable!