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Carrot Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese Frosting

I came home from a work trip a couple of weeks ago to find a 5-lb bag of baby carrots in my refrigerator.  It looked like Red had gone out to Sam’s Club and decided that he wanted to have some baby carrots for snack and pick up this large bag of carrots. I don’t normally like munching on carrots (I know, I know… I should find a way to at least enjoy them since they’re healthy), so I knew that I had to find a way to use up. Since Red’s birthday is this month, it was his turn to bring in treats during his office’s birthday treat day.  I thought it would be appropriate for me to make these carrot cupcakes to take advantage of the ingredient that I already had in hand. I have only made carrot cake once before, back in college. And I can’t even remember which recipe I use, so I decided to use this Martha Stewart’s recipe which I found on her Martha Stewart Cupcakes book.

I didn’t make any modifications to this recipe, the only thing that I didn’t have was cloves, but I left everything else alone. I thought this recipe was a good classic carrot cake recipe. Since it’s not very sweet, the un-frosted version of this cupcakes would be good as breakfast, and the sweet cream cheese frosting would make a sophisticated dessert. In the future, I may add walnut or pecan as variation.

Adapted from Martha Stewart Cupcakes


1 pound carrots, finely grated
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
1/2 cup golden raisins
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line mini muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla-bean seeds, and raisins. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined.

Divide batter among liners, filling 3/4 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 23 to 28 minutes, rotating tins halfway through. Transfer tins to racks to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from tins; let cool completely.

Make frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar. Continue to beat while adding remaining sugar 1/4 cup at a time. Add vanilla, and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Yield~ 2 dozen standard size cupcakes.


11 Responses to “Carrot Cupcakes with Cream-Cheese Frosting”

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    Laura — September 21, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I have been looking for the perfect carrot cake/cupcake recipe for a while and this one looks perfect!

    • h2babe — September 21st, 2009 @ 10:04 am

      I thought it was perfect too. If you like nuts, you can add 1/2 cup of chopped toasted pecans or walnuts. Let me know how it works out for you.

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    Mollie — October 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    For the frosting – when you say beat, do you mean w/ an electric mixer? Or by hand?

    • h2babe — October 10th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm

      By mixer–the cream cheese should be softened to room temp. But it would be hard to mix by hand.

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    Laura — March 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    These are absolutely lovely! Been looking for a good carrot cake recipe. Looking forward to trying them, thanks for sharing!


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