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Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe: A Sweet Spring Treat

With a hint of cinnamon and a slightly sweet cream cheese frosting, these carrot cake cupcakes are a delicious dessert to serve for Easter or even at a spring brunch.

Hi there! It’s Kelly from Typically Simple and I’m back this month with another yummy dessert recipe. For as long as I can remember, carrot cake has always been one of my favorite types of cakes to eat. It could be that I just really like the cream cheese frosting, but I do love the yummy carrot cake part, too! Especially when there are walnuts mixed in!

carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

For some reason, I’m always a little intimidated when it comes to baking things from scratch. I’m more of a cake mix, add a few eggs and some water, kind of baker. But lately, I’ve been trying my hand at baking different dessert recipes without a box mix. And this carrot cake cupcake recipe was really quite simple!

carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on a wooden surface

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Supplies

Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on a wooden surface

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and baking soda.

In a different mixing bowl, use a hand mixer on medium speed to combine the oil, applesauce, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and mix on medium until combined.

Using the mini food processor, chop the carrots until they are finely grated. Fold into batter.

Place cupcake liners in pan with 12 cups and divide the batter evenly.

carrot cake cupcake batter in a muffin ton

Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.

Cool completely, then ice with your favorite cream cheese frosting.

carrot cake cupcakes on a cooling rack being frosted with cream cheese frosting

You can use a piping bag or even a ziplock bag with a little bit of the corner snipped off to frost the cupcakes. A butter knife or rubber spatula would also work.

carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting with a bite taken out of it
With a hint of cinnamon and a slightly sweet cream cheese frosting, these carrot cake cupcakes are a delicious dessert to serve for Easter or even at a spring brunch.
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

With a hint of cinnamon and a slightly sweet cream cheese frosting, these carrot cake cupcakes are a delicious dessert to serve for Easter or even at a spring brunch.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake cookies, cupcakes
Servings: 12
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Kelly | Typically Simple

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Place 12 liners in a cupcake pan.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer on medium speed, beat together the oil, applesauce, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Add dry ingredients and beat on medium speed.
  • Chop carrots in the mini food processor and fold into batter.
  • Divide batter evenly among the 12 cups.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • Cool completely before frosting.

Nutrition

Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 2713IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
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Store cupcakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You can bring them to room temperature or serve them right out of the fridge. They are delicious either way! And like the Monster Cookie Bars Recipe I shared last month, you might even indulge a little by having one of these cupcakes with your morning coffee!

If you’re a big fan of carrot cake, you may also want to try these Carrot Cake Cookies. They’re like a cookie sandwich with a big dollop of cinnamon cream cheese frosting in the middle. Amazing!

graphic for carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting

Here are a few more treat ideas you might like:

Homemade Peanut Butter Eggs

Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

What’s Next?

While you’re here, be sure to check out other delicious dessert ideas on Ideas for the Home by Kenarry® –

Originally published March 2017. Updated February 2020.

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