One thing I don't think I will miss is cravings. I crave foods that are bizarre, and once I get the idea in my head I cannot let it go. It becomes an obsession.
So when I woke up this morning at 6:30am (yes, on a Sunday) I couldn't stop thinking about the delicious cupcakes my sister in law brought for my birthday from Georgetown Cupcake. I've previously shared my feelings about this magical gift-YUM! But when I woke up all I wanted was a carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese icing.
Because of this craving, this was my big project of the day:
In the early hours of the morning, before the sun even broke through my bedroom window, I started researching carrot cake recipes on my iPhone. I ultimately settled on this one from the Joy of Baking. It's delicious, and healthy (it has carrots AND apple!) I will say, I halved the recipe, I know I will probably lose interest in another day or two, so I didn't want to bake 2 dozen cupcakes to end up throwing half away. I will also note: I substituted Fisher Maple Brown Sugar Pecans (purchased in the baking section at Walmart) and I left out the raisins.
To ice these beauties, I used the Georgetown Cupcake recipe for Cream Cheese Icing, they provided on the TLC website. It's so simple-1/2 stick of butter, 6 oz of cream cheese (both room temp) mixed together, and then 4 cups of confectioners sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. I only used 3 cups of confectioner's sugar (because that's all I had and I would prefer a cheesier flavor) but now I wish I added more vanilla extract. I generously iced the cupcakes and even froze about a cup of icing that I had leftover.
The cupcakes did NOT disappoint. They are honestly delicious. I'm trying to convince myself not to eat any more. But they are just so good! Try some yourself. You won't regret it!