Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

“LARGE, NAKED, RAW CARROTS ARE ACCEPTABLE AS FOOD ONLY TO THOSE WHO LIVE IN HUTCHES EAGERLY AWAITING EASTER.”  Fran Lebowitz

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

 

Actually, I like carrots.  Though I prefer them cooked than raw.  And even so much better when nestled in sweet cakey goodness! Yet somehow, I still feel healthy when I eat any baked good containing carrots!

These are a cinch to make and very very moist and flavorful.  It was originally a cake recipe and the tops came out kind of flat.  But that was actually the best part.  It taste like a carrot cookie on top of a carrot cake!

I topped most with little marzipan carrots.  But the recipe yields 24 cupcakes so I sprinkled chocolate covered sunflower seeds on the rest.  (They reminded me of teeny tiny easter eggs!)  And I added more cream cheese to the frosting than what was called for in the original recipe because….well I guess I like the frosting a little less sweet and a little more savory.

 

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

 

CARROT CUPCAKES:

2 c sugar

2 c flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

1 c vegetable oil

4 eggs

3 c grated carrots

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 2 muffin pans with paper cups.

Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Whisk together with sugar.  With an electric mixer add vegetable oil and then the eggs one at a time.  Add the grated carrots and mix till incorporated.  Pour into prepared cupcake pans.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.  Cool completely on a rack before frosting.

 Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting | From My Sweet Heart

 

CREAM CHEESE ICING:

2 lbs powdered sugar

2 (8oz)packages cream cheese

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1 tsp vanilla

Mix together.  Frost cupcakes when cool.  This recipe called for 1 cup of chopped nuts to be stirred into the frosting at the end.  I omitted it this time!  Enjoy!  And Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!


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Recipe adapted from one given to me by Sam and Susan S.


Comments

  1. I adore carrots too..in soup, as a salad, or main dish…even better, as a dessert! :-)) Those cupcakes look so lovely and inviting!

  2. William Davis says:

    I’m a big fan of carrot cake and these cupcakes don’t disappoint. I’ve sampled the recipe myself and they are delicious. The sweetness of the frosting was just right for me. The cupcake I tried had chocolate sunflower seeds, which was a great way to top off a wonderful dessert. Thanks so much.

    • I am glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for taking a moment to comment, and for always being willing to ‘taste test’. But more than anything, thanks for your support! I truly appreciate it! : )

  3. Francesca Palma says:

    mmmm annie these were delicious!! i would like to put in my order!! :D

  4. What a CUTE blog!!! These carrot cupcakes are just darling! Love your site and looking forward to your future posts :)
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    • Kelly! How sweet of you to say! Thank you for such a nice post. I love your blog and your philosophy…and will be stopping by often! : )

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