Homemade Gift Idea: Mostly Organic Carrot Cupcakes

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This year, in addition to buying eco-friendly holiday gifts that are meaningful, I plan to make a lot more of my gifts. I came up with this particular idea when trying to decide what to give my daughter’s teacher. These cupcakes are moist, delicious and easy to make. Trust me when I say easy. I have NEVER made cupcakes from scratch in my life, and I managed to pull this off! If you have kids, they can definitely get involved. Plus, they make really pretty gifts 🙂 Check out this video for step by step instructions:

Need the recipe in print? Here it is:

Mostly Organic Carrot Cupcakes

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 cup Crisco vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup packed organic light brown sugar
  • 2 large organic eggs
  • 1/2 natural unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2. McCormick vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots (about 2 carrots)
  • Icing & toppings of your choice

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.

In one bowl, sift together both types of flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, whisk the oil, brown sugar and eggs until well combined.

Add the applesauce, vanilla and carrots and whisk until well combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Distribute the batter as evenly as possible into the muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into a cupcake comes out clean — about 20 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool.

Decorate them as you see fit! We used store-bought cream cheese icing, rainbow sprinkles and almonds. The great thing about cupcakes is that you really can make them unique and personalized.

Extra tips:

  • Find out what flavors your gift recipient likes, and top the cupcakes accordingly. Use nuts if they like nuts, or M&Ms if they’re a fan of those candies. Some people even like peanut butter on their cupcakes.
  • Try personalizing the cupcakes. Draw the recipient’s initial or sports number in icing. Draw smiley faces or hearts. Anything that makes a personal connection.
  • You can get creative when deciding how to package your cupcakes for delivery. Cupcake boxes are the easy choice, since you can get them from any store that carries baking supplies. But maybe you want to use a pretty tin or basket. The choices are really endless.

Want more homemade gift ideas? Check out the Green Your Decor Green Gift Guide!

Disclosure: Walmart has provided me with compensation for my time and effort to create this video and post. As usual, all opinions are my own. Check out more holiday baking and gift giving ideas from my fellow Walmart Moms and from the Walmart website.

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  • Jessica November 15, 2010, 7:31 am

    These look so good! I just got some Himalayan pink salt, HimalaSalt, from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I think I’ll try it out in this recipe in place of the table salt. Maybe I’ll even think about sprinkling some on top…. Thanks for sharing!

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