I found this recipe for carrot cake about 5 weeks ago, and had it in the back of mind all this time. Then this week at work a morning tea was organised to celebrate one person returning from 5 weeks leave and another’s birthday. What a perfect opportunity to pull this lactose free carrot cupcakes recipe out and give it a try!
The original recipe was both vegan and gluten free, but as I’m only lactose intolerant, I made a few alterations based on the ingredients that I could source easily here in Australia. This converted the cakes into being lactose free, but if you’re after gluten free or Vegan, try out the original recipe!
The result was delicious and the cupcakes disappeared within about 3 minutes of hitting the table! I opted for making cupcakes instead of cakes so it would cool quicker and be easier to transport on the bus, but I plan to make this recipe again as a cake this weekend!
These cupcakes are beautifully moist, and with the carrots I can convince myself that they are relatively healthy. The cream cheese icing is the perfect balance to the cake, sweet but not overly so, and I was pleasantly surprised by the lactose free cream cheese that I used!
Kelly very generously gave me permission to re-post the list of ingredients with my modifications, so here it is:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ teaspoon ginger
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup organic canola oil
- 3 Tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 113g lactose free cream cheese (I used Lidell’s brand), softened
- 4 Tablespoons buttery spread (I used Nutellex), softened
For the instructions, head on over to The Pretty Bee and let me know if you have any other recipes that you’d like me to try!