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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Our favorite carrot cake recipe, in smaller cupcake form! These Carrot Cake Cupcakes are topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting that tastes amazing! They are the perfect treat for Easter, spring bake sales, or a simple afternoon treat!

Spring is for sure one of my favorite times of the year. Flowers are blooming, the weather is perfect and Easter is just around the corner. Spring also has some of my very favorite flavors when it comes to baked goods. Lemon Cookies, Strawberry Shortcake, Mini Fruit Pizzas… I can’t get enough of the fresh and fruit flavors! Today I want to share one of my other favorite Spring treats on the opposite, more decadent part of the flavor spectrum – some delicious (and darling!) Carrot Cake Cupcakes.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Fondant Carrots

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I can’t get enough of these carrot cake cupcakes.  I usually use a boxed cake mix for my carrot cake and top it with my favorite Cream Cheese Frosting, but a friend of mine brought these tasty little treats to my house one day and I knew I had to get her recipe!

It was surprisingly easy to make, plus it doesn’t use any weird ingredients. Most importantly, it yields a super delicious and moist cupcake, so I think this recipe is a keeper!!!

And how cute are those carrot toppers? The carrots are made out of orange fondant with real carrot tops from Whole Foods. Here is how to make them –

Fondant Carrots

  1. Take a small piece of orange fondant and roll into a log, making one end smaller than the other.
  2. With a bamboo skewer or toothpick, put a small hole in the top for the greenery.
  3. Lay your carrots on a sheet of wax paper and with your skewer or toothpick gently make a few indentations along your carrot and allow to dry.
  4. To keep your carrot tops fresh until you’re ready to use them, cut off the carrots and place the tops in a cup of fresh water, just like you would flowers. Just before you’re ready to serve, add the real carrot leaves by sticking the stems into the holes on the tops of your fondant carrots.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Our favorite carrot cake recipe, in smaller cupcake form! These Carrot Cake Cupcakes are topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting that tastes amazing! They are the perfect treat for Easter, spring bake sales, or a simple afternoon treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot, cupcakes, easter, spring
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 cupcake
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients

for the cupcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups finely grated carrots

for the frosting

  • 8 oz  package of cream cheesesoftened
  • 1/4 cup  butter softened
  • of vanilla
  • dash of salt
  • 3-4 cups  of powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tbsp. of milk

for the carrot top

  • orange fondant
  • real greenery from carrot tops
  • toothpick

Instructions

for the cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in large bowl.
  3. Add oil, eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  4. Add carrots; mix until well blended.
  5. Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

for the frosting

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.

for the carrot tops

  1. Take a small piece of orange fondant and roll into a log, making one end smaller than the other.
  2. With a bamboo skewer or toothpick, put a small hole in the top for the greenery.
  3. Lay your carrots on a sheet of wax paper and with your skewer or toothpick gently make a few indentations along your carrot and allow to dry.
  4. To keep your carrot tops fresh until you're ready to use them, cut off the carrots and place the tops in a cup of fresh water, just like you would flowers. Just before you're ready to serve, add the real carrot leaves by sticking the stems into the holes on the tops of your fondant carrots.
  5. Gently place a carrot on each cupcake and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Seriously, how cute is this?!?!

Images by Brandi from Tweedle Dee Designs, the Somewhat Simple Party Contributor from 2010-2011

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