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Oh baby. Nothing makes me happier than the collision of people having babies and cake. Luckily, they go hand in hand,

Baby…

baby shower…

cake!

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See how I did that?

But in all seriousness, I am thrilled to be (virtually) contributing something celebratory for Lisa and her little miracle baby boy. When she announced she was with child, I immediately emailed her and told her…you have no idea how awesome your life is about to get.

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It’s the truth. Meeker and I both agree that our life is approximately two gazillion times more awesome with Adrienne in it.

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So let’s celebrate this new awesome life that is about to join us and all have some cake.

(Bonus points for these cupcakes being sort of healthy. This is more or less the recipe a dear friend sent me when I told her I wanted healthy cake for Adrienne’s first birthday. It’s about as healthy as I like my sweets and so gosh darn good.)

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Healthy(ish) Carrot Cake Cupcakes

{adapted from Nurture Baby}

PRINT Recipe

Cake

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large carrot, shredded)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tins with cups (or non-stick spray) and set them aside.

Whisk together all of the flours, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, and set aside.

In a separate bowl (I used my stand mixer), combine the brown sugar and all of the wet ingredients thoroughly. Pour the wet into the dry and mix until just combined.

Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes.

Frosting

  • ~5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 stick butter, softened
  • 6 oz. plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined (used my stand mixer again). Then either spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes or put it into a plastic bag, cut the tip off, and pipe onto the cakes.

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