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Best Carrot Cake Ever

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
First, I wasn't baking for a ton of people, so I halved the recipe and had just enough for 2 dozen small cupcakes, which i baked at 350 for about 18 -22 minutes. Now, I hate an oily cake, so i substituted a little more than half the oil for applesauce (a tiny bit less than 1/4 cup oil to a full 1/4 cup applesauce) like some of the other reviewers here and it still came out perfectly moist. I also didn't completely drain my pineapple, but rather added just a couple splashes of the juice the pineapple was packed in. Finally, I topped my little cupcakes off with Cream Cheese Frosting II and garnished with walnuts. The end result was AMAZING! My fiancee and his coworkers loved them! No doubt, those cupcakes deserve 5 stars, however this recipe doesn't with all that oil- it's unnecessary. If I had followed this recipe exactly, I think my cupcakes would have had a very tragic and soggy outcome.
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Cream Cheese Frosting II

Reviewed: Jan. 31, 2013
This was amazing on carrot cupcakes and so quick and simple to make! Other than halving the recipe, I didn't change a thing. I love it because it's a true cream cheese flavor and it's not disgustingly sweet. I let my cream cheese and butter sit out to soften. At first my frosting wasn't very firm (I noticed that my frosting got thinner and thinner as mixed, either from the heat of the room or the heat and friction from mixing), but I chilled the frosting for a couple hours while my cupcakes finished baking and cooling and the texture was just perfect for spreading. If your frosting is coming out a little thin, my advice is: 1. Don't microwave your butter or cream cheese to soften- let it soften at room temp. 2. Don't over-mix it or take too long, as it'll get a little warmth in it and thin out. 3. Stop adding all that sugar to firm up your frosting! It's an unnecessary frustration, it over-sweetens this perfectly balanced frosting, and did I mention calories yet? Just pop your frosting in the fridge for a while and walk away.
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