Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

02.27.2016

Spring is in the air! Okay, I know we’ve still got a ways but it’s been starting to warm up and did you know Easter is in March this year? So what does that mean for me?? Time to start making all things carrot cake, like these Carrot Cake Cookies, this Carrot Cake Cheesecake, a layered Carrot Cake (one of my all time favorite cakes), these Carrot Cake Bars, and why not some Carrot Cake Pancakes, and of course these perfectly fun and irresistible Carrot Cake Cupcakes! I’ve already shared this recipe before (2 years ago) but I just decided to update things and add a new spin on the decoration to them – because I’m just now realizing how amazing Marzipan is! It’s ready to go as in you don’t need to mix anything up, just tint it the color you’d like, it’s not made of nasty ingredients just almonds, sugar or honey and wheat starch and the taste reminds me of macarons. So these tiny little carrots are made out of Marzipan, a little food color, the faintest amount of cocoa powder and some fresh parsley. I also had to try the dill because it looks even more legit but I just couldn’t bring myself to put dill on top of a cupcake, so the parsley will do just fine :). Here is a video on how to make the shapes if you find the directions confusing – make smaller than listed in the video though, and dip the toothpick in cocoa before rolling over carrots. I hope you love these cupcakes as much and my family and I do! I’d live on them if I could. 

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Don’t you just love these tiny gold bunnies? They are one of my new favorite Easter decoration and they are actually a toy :). I just spray painted them gold.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

4.86 from 7 votes

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (178g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups (195g) finely shredded carrots (from about 4 medium carrots)
  • 2/3 cup (140g) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup (78g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup (64g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (82g) chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 oz (226g) cream cheese, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups (412g) powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Optional carrots for decoration

  • 50 g Marzipan (about 1/4 cup)
  • Orange gel food coloring
  • Cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed)
  • 12 small curly parsley stems

Instructions

  1. For the cupcakes:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg for 30 seconds, set aside. Shred carrots as directed in notes below, set aside.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar, then add eggs and using an electric hand mixer, blend mixture on low speed 30 seconds, until slightly pale. Mix in applesauce and vanilla extract. With mixer running on low speed, slowly pour in vegetable oil and mix until combined, then mix 20 seconds longer. Mix in half of the dry ingredients, then pour the shredded carrots into the bowl with the remaining flour mixture and toss in flour mixture to coat carrots (they'll clump together a bit but that's fine). Pour carrot mixture into the batter and blend until evenly combined.
  4. Pour batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup about 3/4 full. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean, about 19 - 21 minutes. Cool in muffin tin several minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  5. For the frosting:
  6. Using an electric mixer whip together butter and cream cheese on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy. Mix in vanilla extract. With mixer running on low speed, slowly add powdered sugar and beat until well blended and smooth. If frosting is slightly runny freeze several minutes then mix again and repeat if needed. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting then immediately roll edges of frosting in chopped pecans.
  7. For the decoration:
  8. Tint marzipan with orange gel coloring and knead to evenly incorporate color. Separate small pieces at a time (I did 4g carrots) then roll into carrot shapes (roll a tapered log shape). Dip a toothpick lightly in cocoa powder, shaking of excess then gently roll carrot across toothpick (in random places) while slightly rotating to make slight indentations (to give it that natural look). Poke a small hole in the top of each carrot and insert parsley. Gently press carrots into frosting on tops of cupcakes. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. Allow to rest at room temperature until no longer cold before serving.
  9. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Other way to decorate them as previously shared…

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96 comments

  • raizy: Wow! This is calling my name, begging me to make them! Looks oh so pretty and delicious, I’m sure! Can’t wait to try em! January 28, 2014 at 12:37pm Reply

  • Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet: These are gorgeous, Jaclyn! Love the little carrots! Pinned! January 28, 2014 at 12:33pm Reply

  • Katrina @ WVS: Carrot cake is my FAV! This looks awesome! January 28, 2014 at 11:45am Reply

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction: Carrot cake is my favorite kind of cake Jaclyn! I’m certainly not complaining you posted these cupcakes in January. I crave it all year long. Carrot cake is usually my birthday cake! January 28, 2014 at 9:57am Reply

  • Chelsea: These are seriously adorable I love them! And carrot cake is definitely one of my top favorite cakes :) January 28, 2014 at 6:50am Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: I’ve just recently had the chance to bake and try my very first carrot cake and I’ve been in love ever since. These cupcakes are simply gorgeous and I bet they taste delicious, too. What I particularly like is that added crown of pecans…mmmhh…what a genius idea!

    xo, Elisa January 28, 2014 at 1:47am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: The cupcakes themselves, and the recipe, sounds awesome. The brown sugar, applesauce, the tweaks you made from a fave recipe, they all sound perfect.

    And then the ADORABLE little piped-on carrots. So pretty! January 28, 2014 at 1:18am Reply

  • Anu: WOW!!! Love the frosting bordered with nuts. January 28, 2014 at 12:13am Reply

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