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Springtime baking and decorating fun

OW Staff | 3/19/2008, 5 p.m.

A winsome scene of bunnies and chicks, garden themed cupcakes and a pastel bunny hutch will spark smiles and inspire imaginations.
In-The-Garden Carrot Cupcakes are the take-away treat. A delicious from-scratch cake batter is an easy mix of on-hand ingredients and chock full of freshly grated carrots and chopped nuts. Colorful Pastel Silicone Baking Cups make springtime celebrations even more festive. Decorate each cupcake with icing grass and top with colorful egg-shaped sprinkles and bunny or chick picks.
The garden of cupcakes is the perfect complement to the bunny hutch centerpiece. A great springtime project, this cookie house will be the star of the Easter table or buffet. The pre-baked, pre-assembled kit comes with everything youll need - icing mixes, decorating bags, candies and complete instructions. Its available at craft and hobby stores or through www.wilton.com.
For more recipes and great decorating ideas, visit www.wilton.com.
In-the-Garden Carrot Cupcakes
Recipe courtesy of Wilton Industries, Inc.

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
4 cups freshly shredded carrots* (approximately 1 lb.)
2/3 cup chopped nuts
White decorator icing
Leaf green icing color
Colorful egg mix sprinkles
Bunnies & Chicks Fun Pix

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray pastel silicone baking cups with vegetable pan spray. Place cups on cookie sheet for support or line standard muffin pan with baking cups.
In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon and baking soda; mix well. In large bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer until foamy; add oil in a thin stream and beat well. Add flour mixture to egg mixture; mix well. Fold in carrots and nuts. Spoon into baking cups.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on cooling grid.
Tint icing green. Decorate cupcakes with icing using tip #233 pull-out grass. Add sprinkles and fun pix to each.
*Do not use pre-shredded carrots.Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cupcakes.
Wilton Products: Pastel Silicone Baking Cups, Decorating Tip 233, Leaf Green Icing Colors, Cookie Sheet, Cooling Grid, White Canned Decorator Icing, Colorful Egg Mix Sprinkles, Bunnies & Chicks Fun Pix.