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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot, cupcakes, easter, spring
Servings: 1 cupcake
Calories: 350kcal


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


for the cupcakes

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

for the frosting

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

for the carrot tops

  • Take a small piece of orange fondant and roll into a log, making one end smaller than the other.
  • With a bamboo skewer or toothpick, put a small hole in the top for the greenery.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gently place a carrot on each cupcake and enjoy!


Calories: 350kcal