A simple, yet impressive cupcake - these are perfect for the spring season!
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1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup boiling water
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
5 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
Green food color
Orange food color
Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups into muffin pan cups or grease cups; set aside.
Stir cocoa into boiling water in bowl; mix well. Let stand until slightly cooled.
Combine flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl; set aside.
Place 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup butter into bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until combined. Add cocoa mixture; beat until well mixed.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin pan cups, filling 2/3 full. Bake 18-22 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Beat 3/4 cup butter in bowl at medium speed until creamy. Add powdered sugar and salt gradually, alternately with half & half and vanilla, beating at low speed and scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
Divide frosting in half; place into separate bowls. Stir melted chocolate into half of frosting. Remove 3 tablespoons white frosting to another bowl; tint with green food color. Tint remaining white frosting orange. Place orange frosting into piping bag with large round tip. Place green frosting into resealable plastic food bag; snip small corner from bag.
Cut cone-shape core from center of cupcakes, using paring knife. Crumble centers; set aside. Fill centers with orange frosting, creating rounded tops. Frost around carrot top using chocolate frosting; sprinkle chocolate frosting with crumbled cake centers. Pipe short threads of green frosting to resemble carrot top.
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Too cute to eat? You won’t be able to resist your first delicious bite. If decorating cupcakes isn’t your thing, focus on fresh, light flavors like lemon, pineapple and coconut.