Carrot Cupcakes

Easy Carrot Cupcakes are sweet and moist spice cupcakes made with grated carrots, crushed pineapple, and chopped walnuts with fluffy cream cheese frosting.

The only thing better than a classic Cake Recipe, is a mini version that you can make in less than an hour. This easy cupcake recipe is for all the classic Carrot Cake lovers!

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CARROT CUPCAKES

These delicious, easy Carrot Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting are the perfect dessert for birthdays and Easter! They are so moist and practically melt-in-your-mouth, and packed with flavors. The natural sweetness from the carrots and the pineapple balance out the warm spices so even kids will love these flavorful spring cupcakes.

Carrot Cupcakes batter in cupcake tin

This Carrot Cake Cupcake recipe is made completely from scratch and ready in less than hour. It’s just as easy as boxed cake mix but a million times more flavorful and moist. Don’t even think about canned frosting either. The cream cheese frosting recipe is quick, simple, and as fluffy as cloud – store bought could never be this good! You don’t need a fancy mixer, just a hand beater or a strong arm and whisk.

Carrot Cupcakes in cupcake tin

We love a classic Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting combination, but feel free to switch up the frosting to what you like best. Try a brown sugar frosting by swapping granulated sugar with brown sugar in our Buttercream Frosting. Top your frosted cupcakes with chopped dried pineapple pieces or whole Candied Pecans. A drizzle of Salted Caramel Sauce or White Chocolate Ganache would taste amazing too!

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Tips for Making Carrot Cupcakes

  • To keep these Carrot Cake Cupcakes light and fluffy, don’t over mix the cupcake batter. Sift dry ingredients before hand stirring them with the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Bring all of your ingredients to room temperature before you start making this Carrot Cupcake recipe. Not only is it easier to mix, but ingredients that are the same temperature ensure your batter bakes evenly.
  • The biggest frosting mistake is not letting your cupcakes cool long enough. Give them at least an hour on a wire rack (so air circulates under them) before making your cream cheese frosting.
  • You can cool cupcakes faster in the refrigerator or freezer, but make sure to remove them from the pan and give them at least 30 minutes. Be careful they aren’t cold on the outside and still hot on the inside.

Carrot Cupcakes on cake stand

VARIATIONS ON CARROT CUPCAKES

  • Dried Fruit: You can add dried fruit like raisins, cranberries, candied cherries, or apricots, chopped into small pieces. You could also add dried pineapple or candied ginger!
  • Chocolate Chips: Fold in ½ cup white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips to the Carrot Cake batter, and top frosted cupcakes with mini chocolate chips. Other baking chips, like caramel chips or butterscotch chips would be tasty, too!
  • Cream Cheese: Cut 1 package cream cheese into 12 small pieces and coat cream cheese chunks in a little powdered sugar. Place coated cream cheese piece in center of each cupcake before baking (it will sink slightly while baking). 
  • Nuts: Instead of walnuts, try pecans, hazelnuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, or pistachios. Making toasted pecans or toasted walnuts is an easy way to add lots of flavor! You can also leave the nuts out or replace them with the dried fruit suggestions above.
  • Carrot Bundt Cake or Carrot Loaf: Grease a 9×5 loaf pan and pour prepared carrot cake batter into pan. Bake in loaf pan for 50-55 minutes, until golden brown and tooth pick comes out clean. For a bundt pan, bake for 60-65 minutes. Let cake cool in pan for at least 30 minutes before removing.

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HOW TO STORE CARROT CUPCAKES

  • Serve: Once frosted, Carrot Cupcakes can be at room temperature for up to 2 hours before they should be chilled. Without frosting, you can keep Carrot Cake Cupcakes at room temperature for up to 3 days.
  • Store: Store Carrot Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature for 30 minutes to serve.
  • Freeze: Freeze Carrot Cake Cupcakes without frosting in a sealed container for up to 6 months. Cool cupcakes completely before freezing so they don’t collect moisture. Thaw overnight before frosting and serving.

Carrot Cupcake with bite removed on cake stand

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Carrot Cupcakes

Easy Carrot Cupcakes are sweet and moist spice cupcakes made with grated carrots, crushed pineapple, and chopped walnuts with fluffy cream cheese frosting.
Yield 12 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

Carrot Cake Batter:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups finely shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple , well drained
  • 1 cup walnuts , finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line the 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl add the eggs, oil, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla extract, whisking until fully combined.
  • Add in carrots, pineapple and walnuts, whisking until combined.
  • Into your bowl sift the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, whisking until just combined.
  • Using a ¼ cup ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into each liner.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • Add the cream cheese, butter, sour cream and vanilla to a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add in the powdered sugar one cup at a time on the lowest speed setting until smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add frosting to piping bag and frost cooled cupcakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 543kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 330mg | Potassium: 203mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 3843IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Carrot Cupcakes

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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