- ½ cup raisins
- 2 cups white whole wheat or white flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- ¾ cup reduced calorie “light” breakfast syrup
- ½ cup skim milk
- 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon orange extract
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 8 oz of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (separate from above – this one’s for the frosting!)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 350. Line 18 cups of a muffin tin with liners and set aside.
Put the raisins in a small bowl filled with warm water and let them sit for 10 minutes to plump.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the oil, applesauce, juice, syrup, milk, vinegar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and orange extract and stir together until combined. Pour the mixture into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add the shredded carrots. Drain the raisins and discard the water. Add the raisins to the other ingredients and stir the batter together until carrots and raisins are incorporated.
Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake liners and bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting.
While the cupcakes cool, combine the cream cheese and 1 tsp vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electronic mixer, adding the powdered sugar in a little at a time until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes.