Sunday, April 13, 2014

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


How was your weekend?  We have had a beautiful weekend here in South Carolina so I was able to work in the yard some.  It was a great workout also for me!

I felt like baking today so I made some carrot cake cupcakes that I have not made in years.  The recipe is a basic carrot cake recipe but the cream cheese frosting is what really makes them taste so good.

























Carrot Cake Cupcakes:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/4 cups canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 cups grated carrots (4 to 5 large carrots)
1 cup chopped pecans - optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cupcake tin or use muffin tins.

Sift together baking powder, flour and baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Set aside.

In large mixing bowl, combine oil, eggs, both sugars and vanilla and whisk until the mixture looks light and pale in color.  Fold in the flour mixture in thirds until just combined.  Gently fold in the grated carrots and 1/2 cup of pecans until combined.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until set.

Cool and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 ounce cream cheese - softened
1 stick unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups confectioner sugar

In medium size bowl, beat cream cheese and softened butter until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla. Stir in confectioner sugar.

**The remaining 1/2 cup chopped pecans can be used to decorate tops of cupcakes......

Thanks for your visit!  If you do make these I would love to hear how they turn out......


5 comments:

  1. I LOVE carrot cake! Your recipe looks so good too. I keep seeing lots of carrots all over blogland with everyone's Easter decor and it keeps making me crave carrot cake with that delicious cream cheese frosting! Have you seen the carrot cake flavored m&m's? I'm not sure how those would taste. Lol!

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  2. That looks SOOO good. I love carrot cake. I usually put our carrots through a juicer and use the carrots in the recipes and someone drinks the carrot juice...lol I love cream cheese frosting and this recipe sounds very rich! I am saving it to try when my ovens get installed (finally). xo Diana

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  3. Great looking, scrumptious sounding and I'm printing your recipe right now!! Thank you!!

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  4. I love carrot cake and these cupcakes look wonderful! Thanks for joining Tasty Tuesday!

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  5. Oh my these look so good! I've been in a baking mood too. I haven't put that particular apron on in a long time!

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