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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

In the midst of making these Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Sweet Potato Frosting, I was listening to a podcast and the topic of discussion was innocence. It sparked something in me, and I wanted to share with YOU!

In many ways, I believe we have removed ourselves from innocence because we’ve associated it with more negative aspects, like, “purity, inexperienced, or naive,” rather than looking at the world with fresh eyes as we did in our youth. Many times I have held onto these beliefs. Growing up I wanted to shed that innocence so I could fit in, feel connected to others, but in this came disconnection. I was holding a mirror not being able to recognize of myself.

So, what if we were to look at our worlds through this lens of innocence?

Now, I am not saying to throw on the rose-colored glasses and ignore the devastation and pain that is occurring in this realm, but rather to alter the way we interact with it on a daily basis. Reactivating and stepping into this energy we had as children when we used our imagination in playing with toys and peers. The way we admired and asked a barrage of questions about everything and anything. The state of awe.

I challenge you, and myself, to look at something, maybe it is a tree, cloud, the view while you are driving, or eating a tasty Carrot Cake Cupcake (wink wink), and look at it through the lens of innocence as if it was your first time experiencing and interacting with it… Even if it is just 30-seconds.

Anywho, let's talk about this Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe with Sweet Potato Frosting! If you don't know, carrot cake is truly one of my favorite desserts. I love the warm spices that intermingle with natural sweetness of the carrots. Best of all, this recipe is completely free of refined sugar! Woot Woot.

This recipe is:

  • Oil-Free

  • Easy

  • Refined Sugar-Free

  • Delicious

The natural sweetness and beautiful color of carrots make them the STAR ingredient in this easy Vegan Carrot Cake recipe. This made-from-scratch sweet treat is topped with an irresistibly tasty Sweet Potato Frosting. Requires only 12 simple ingredients, is easy to make, and can easily be made gluten-free by swapping out the all-purpose wheat flour with a gluten-free version.

If you try out this recipe make sure to let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #underthewillow on Instagram.

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I am 22, Milwaukee-born, Vegan Recipe Developer & Spiritual Mentor with a purpose to help people live their most abundant, holistic, & balanced lives through spiritual healing techniques and delicious plant-based foods. 

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