Things I learned:
- Check your ingredients BEFORE you start cooking anything. Luckily, I had 4 eggs (the exact amount the recipe called for) and a little over 2 cups of flour (I needed 2 cups). I also ran out of walnuts.
- Pam for baking (with flour) is awesome. And it smells like sugar cookies. I bet you could spray it around your house just to make people think you were baking, like air freshener.
- Wear an apron. Flour is messy. Pants optional.
- Food processors are FANTASTIC. I shredded a bunch of carrots in no time. But learn how to take apart all the pieces before you use it. I had a couple carrot shavings caught in the feeding tube and it took a while to figure out how to get them out.
- If you don’t have a recipe that rises a lot, you will NOT get a pretty, domed muffin top. You will get an overhang. (Note: Muffin tops are only pretty on muffins.)
- Smelling good does NOT always equate to being pretty! (This goes for food AND people.)
- Just because your food is ugly doesn’t mean it’s gross. Mmmm…
I melted some cream cheese frosting that was in my fridge, and drizzled it over one of the muffins. I don’t like loads of fluffy frosting on things like this, so it was perfect. Just a light glaze.
Carrot Cake Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups veggie or canola oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 3 cups finely grated carrots
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Spray muffin pans with Pam for Baking
- Blend the oil and sugar together, then add eggs, beating well.
- In another bowl, sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones. Stir a lot.
- Fold in the carrots and walnuts.
- Pour into muffin pans. Do not overfill, or you will get an ugly overhang like I did! I’d say 2/3 would be good.
- Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Remove the little cakes, and let them cool bottom-side-up.
- Serve with cream cheese icing, if you like that sort of thing.