Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Can't help but smile when you see these adorable carrot cake cupcakes perfect for Easter!
This may be one of the only ways I eat carrots. This, and pot roast. But I love them both, ans as Easter is just around the corner, they'll soon be on the menu for our Easter Dinner.
Other than grating the carrots, this recipe comes together quickly, and makes a dense, rich cake. Cupcakes can easily be topped with chopped nuts, sprinkles or adorable bunny ears, depending on the occasion.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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- 1 muffin tin
- 1 medium bowl
- Cupcake liners
- Electric mixer
- Cheese grater
- Cooling Rack
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup of vegetable oil (or applesauce)
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups carrots, GRATED
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- 1 cup coconut, shredded (optional)
- 1 cup pineapple, crushed (optional)
- 1 cup raisins (or cranberries) (optional)
Icing (if adding a thick layer of icing, double recipe)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
- 1 stick butter, room temp
- 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F
- Place cup liners in your muffin tin
- In your mixer, beat together the sugar and oil, then add in eggs one at a time with the mixer on low.
- In a separate bowl, whisk togethr the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Add the combined dry ingredients to the mixer and blend on low for ~20 seconds - do not over mix.
- With a spatula, gently stir in the carrots and walnuts (and any additional fruit).
- Spoon the batter into the liners and bake for ~20-24 minutes (it may be longer if you added optional fruits).
- Cool cupcakes on a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before icing.
- For the icing, combine all icing ingredients in a mixer.
How are you celebrating Easter this year? If you’re looking for ideas, stay tuned, and in the meantime, checkout this post from last year for inspiration or visit the In the Kitchen section of the blog.
I hope however you spend it, you celebrate it’s true meaning and are able to share it with loved ones.