I have made all 3 carrots from emeril's, bon appetit (without the glaze) and cooks illustrated cooks country cupcake version. Every year I make a carrot cake for my coworkers birthday. I have been emeril's recipe twice and this year after tons of research, I made Bon appetit cake and cooks illustrated cooks country cupcake version. I have learned that modifying carrot cake into cupcake requires different technique such as grating the carrots since the cook time is less so you don't want crunch carrots. I cannot really recall emeril's results but it had a lot of butter yet is was dry. So, I tried the bon Appepit recipe since it uses shredded coconut as well, buttermilk and crushed pineapple. Here is a pic of it on my blog:http://redcherryontop.com/?p=419 but, it does use veg oil which I would rather not use. That is why I liked emeril's recipe on paper but he uses 3 sticks of butter and no buttermilk or any other dairy so maybe that is why it dry. He does use 4 eggs. As for the cooks country carrot cupcake it was not sweet at all and not very memorable. My question is how can I combine or tweak these into a good recipe? Perhaps I should just settle for veg oil or do half and half? Also, how would you add buttermilk to a emeril's recipe and modify the other ingredients. Here are the recipes Emeril's carrot cake 3 sticks unsalted butter (* can I substitute some butter with oil?) 2 c sugar 2 c AP flour ( how much if using cake flour?) 2 tsp baking soda 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt 4 large eggs 1 tsp vanilla 3 c grated carrots pecans Bon Apetit carrot cake 2c AP flour 2t baking soda 2t ground cinnamon 1/2t salt 1.5c sugar 3 large eggs 3/4c buttermilk 3/4c vegetable oil 1t vanilla extract 2c coarsely grated peeled carrots 1/5c sweetened flaked coconut 1 8oz can crushed pinapple in juice pecans So, as you can see, looking back at emerils, it is quite simple but I think most of my coworkers like the addition of pineapple and even currants. By the way, I even made a white chocolate cream cheese and they like my usual cream cheese version. I want to try using melted white chocolate to cut down the powder sugar.