Carrot Cake Cupcakes

This perennial favorite cake flavor works wonderfully for cupcakes. Make sure to use a light-flavored oil, such as canola or vegetable oil. I like a small-size shred for the carrots, which can be accomplished by using the small holes on a box grater or by using the small-size shredding disc on a food processor. You may halve this recipe for an even dozen, but they freeze very well (the oil keeps them soft and moist), so why not make a full batch? No need to use a mixer for this recipe; these cupcakes are quickly made with a whisk. The cupcakes will keep for 2 days at room temperature in an airtight container or for 1 week frozen in an airtight container.

Yield : 24 cupcakes

Ingredients :

  • 24 paper liners
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup canola oil or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanila extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups grated carrots (from about 3 large carrots)
  • 1 1/4 cups walnut halves, toasted and finely chopped
  • 1 cup dark raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Place paper liners in all wells of two 12-cup cupcakes tins.

2. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt together in a small bowl to aerate and combine; set aside.

3. In a large bowl whisk together oil, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until well blended, about 1 minute. Whisk in vanilla extract, then whisk in eggs one at a time, allowing each egg to be absorbed before continuing. Whisk in carrots. Stir in dry mixture until almost completely blended. Add nuts and raisins and stir just until blended. (An extra-large rubber spatula works great here)

4. Divide batter evenly among cupcake wells. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center shows a few moist crumbs.

5. Cool pans on racks for 5 minutes, then remove cupcakes to cooling racks to cool completely.

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Cupcakes History and Origin

The first mention of the cupcake can be traced as far back as 1796, when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in “American Cookery” by Amelia Simms. The earliest documentation of the term “cupcake” was in “Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats” in 1828 in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook. […]

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Negative Effects of Chromium Contamination for Environment and Human Body

Chromium contamination can be very dangerous for our health as well as for the environment. Despite of the danger of the contamination, chromium is an important ingredient for many products such as paint and rubber. So, since it is impossible to stop using chromium, industry and companies have to work hard to minimize the contamination. If the companies don’t deal with this issue seriously, this contamination can lead to these following problems.

Soil Contamination

Chromium can contaminate the soil mostly through air exposure from the industrial activity.  Heavy concentration of chromium in the soil can really affect the ecosystem, especially the microorganism in the soil. The death of the microorganisms can reduce the quality of the soil and when an animal eats something from the contaminated soil, its health can be affected as well. Soil contamination can affect animals only when there are heavy concentrations of Chromium VI in the soil.

Water Contamination

Chromium contamination is rarely found in water. However, when it happens it is still dangerous. In small scale, chromium only affects the ground water and fishes that live there. It will not affect the whole water ecosystem or human body when we eat contaminated fishes. However, in severe cases, this heavy metal can also contaminate most of the aquatic ecosystem.

Effects in Human Body

Chromium exposure can really be a danger for human body, especially for workers who come in direct contact with the heavy metal. The most common problems occurred to people who gets exposed to chromium is respiratory and skin diseases. These problems are mostly caused by Chromium VI or Chromium III, and sometimes Chromium IV exposure. But the most dangerous of all is the Chromium VI. Some studies have shown that this element has carcinogenic effect for human body and can even cause lung cancer and cardiovascular problems.

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Whipped Cream Frosting

Confectioners’ sugar has a bit of cornstarch added to it to help prevent clumping. By using confectioners’ sugar as the sweetener for this recipe, the tiny bit of cornstrach helps stabilize the finished whipped cream. This frosting is best if used immediately.

Yield : about 2 1/4 cups

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a large, chilled bowl with an electric mixer on medium high speed, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until soft peaks form.

2. For some recipes, you can use the frosting at this point; for others, continue to whip until stiffer peaks form, but do not overwhip. If it shows clumps and lumps, it is overwhipped. Simply stir in some additional liquid cream to smooth it out. Frosting is ready to use.

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Kenco Instant Coffee

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Kenco instant coffee is one of the most popular brands of instant coffee in the world and they have a number of different types of coffee on offer. Whether you are buying for home, the office, a commercial property, or any other location, you can benefit when buying Kenco instant coffee thanks to this selection and the quality of a coffee that is loved by millions of people around the world. Kenco is also an affordable brand giving yet another great reason to buy it.

Instant Coffee

Instant coffee is easy to make. You simply add hot water to create the coffee and then add milk, whitener, sugar, or sweetener to taste. It takes just a couple of minutes from filling the kettle to savouring the taste of a great cup. However, no matter how good the taste of a regular instant coffee, it can never compare to the taste of a proper coffee, a term often used to refer to a brew made from ground coffee or, better still, coffee beans.

Great Tasting Coffee In A Hurry

Kenco instant coffee like this offers a simple way to make a good tasting cup of coffee and if youíre in a hurry or you donít want the hassle of having to clean the coffee maker or the French press every time you make yourself a cup, then instant is the coffee of choice for most. For those that want more taste from their instant coffee, Kenco have developed the Millicano range. They describe this as being a whole bean instant coffee and as being as close to the taste of ground coffee in an instant.

Rainforest Alliance Beans

All Kenco beans, including the finely milled beans found in the Millicano range, are from Kenya and are sourced from Rainforest Alliance certified coffee farms. This means that for every cup of Kenco you drink, you are helping ensure that coffee growers from Kenya are enjoying the fruit of their own harvests too. These farms are also environmentally friendly, and Kenco has taken numerous steps to ensure that their packaging and manufacturing processes are equally green too.

Kenco Instant Coffee

Kenco has become a worldwide name when it comes to the sourcing, manufacture, and sale of great tasting coffee. They are best known for the production of Kenco instant coffee but in the new Millicano range they have introduced something that is highly unique and innovative to the market; that is, an instant coffee that is combined with finely ground beans to give the aroma and the taste of ground coffee while retaining the ease and convenience of instant coffee.

Coffee Lovers

Whether you love convenience or you want a good tasting coffee that many people drink at home to offer in your coffee machines, Kenco instant coffee is a good choice. There are various types and ranges on offer including the most recent, the Millicano range, which combines the taste of proper coffee with the convenience and simplicity of instant coffee to make it a beneficial and useful choice.

If you fancy trying out Kenco instant coffee then check out the range on offer at the Coffee Buyer site. They have a great range of Kenco instant coffee as well as whole beans and various refill packs, so whatever your mood you’re sure to find something you fancy.

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Classic Confectioners’ Sugar Frosting

This is very easy to make and is the go-to frosting for many cupcake bakers. This recipe is for a basic vanilla version; flavor variations appear in individual recipes. Make sure to measure your confectioners’ sugar carefully. The frosting is best best if used immediately, but may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Yield : about 3 cups

Ingredients :

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into small pieces.
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus an additional 1/2 cup if necessary, whisked before measuring.
  • 1/4 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup confectioners’ sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the bowl once or twice. Add 1 more cup of sugar and about half of the milk and beat until smooth and creamy. Add 1 more cup of sugar and remaining milk, and beat well, scraping down sides of the bowl. Add remaining 1 cup of sugar and vanilla extract and beat on high speed until very light and creamy, about 5 minutes. Assess texture. If it is too soft, add a portion or all of the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar.

2. At this point you can continue beating the frosting, if you like, which will make it lighter, creamier, and little airier. You want it to be as smooth as possible. Frosting is ready to use. (Bring to room temperature and rebeat after storing.)