Weekend Baking: Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Orange Cardamom Frosting

I don't bake that often, but when I do I like to experiment. When I poured all the frosting recipes in Heather Saffer's new cookbook, The Dollop Book of Frosting,  it has inspired me to mix and match her creative frostings with classic cupcake flavors. I got some cardamom a few weeks ago from the farmer's market and decided to make the orange cardamom frosting from her cookbook to go with carrot cake cupcakes.
Yes, I used a mix. Duncan Hines carrot cake is good cake mix with carrots and raisins in a packet. I added some Craisins, too for extra flavor. (When the holidays come around, this would be a good base for fruit cake.

The Dollop Book of Frosting by Heather Saffer

Cupcakes chilling on the cooling rack.

My Dad asked that I didn't frost all of them since he wants to eat with morning coffee. Here's a photo of the one I frosted and ate immediately.