Spring is a great time to try something new. Diving into a new flavor, or a challenging decorative theme, is super satisfying. I like to check in with my favorite website, Sugar Hero. I know there will be a new tasty creation by Elizabeth Labau to test my skills.
I wanted to make a cupcake that appeared to have a carrot sticking out of the top. There was a great post for Double Chocolate Easter Cupcakes on Elizabeth’s site and I thought it would be a good combination with her rich chocolate buttercream recipe to create my little carrot garden.
The chocolate cupcake recipe was perfect because it wasn’t super sweet. My only change was adding 1 tablespoon of espresso powder instead of brewed coffee. That’s a pretty big difference in strength but I feel it made the cupcakes more dense and rich.
After they cooled, I used a larger icing tip to cut out the centers. You may use a small paring knife instead.
I grabbed my bag of Oreo Double Stuff cookies to prep the “dirt”. I bought these particular Oreos because it’s easier to separate the cookies and scrape the center. I then crushed the cookies with a food processor but you can crush them by hand and use larger pieces. Put the cookies in a ziplock bag and use a rolling pin to crush them. It cuts down on the mess.
I spread the buttercream around the cupcake center then dipped the tops into the bowl of crushed cookies. I whipped up some vanilla buttercream and added orange food coloring.
I used a Wilton 1A tip in a circular motion to fill the inside of the cupcake, finishing with the carrot top. I decided not to make green frosting for leaves after seeing the idea of using candies in other recipes. I found a pack of Airheads Xtremes Sour Candy strips and cut the green sections out to use as the carrot stems.
I took these to a friend’s house for dinner and they were a big hit. The cupcake was just the right sweetness to offset the sweet buttercream frosting. They looked really beautiful in person, too. For a larger gathering, I might make this in a 9×13 dish and create a full garden.
Take some time and look through the Sugar Hero website. You will learn so much!
Post updated, 2021.