Stupid-Easy Recipe for Carrot Cupcakes (#1 Top-Rated)


Perfectly moist, spiced carrot cupcakes are topped with tangy cream cheese frosting.

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Carrot Cupcakes.

1. Info for Carrot Cupcakes

  • Cook Time: 45 Min
  • Total Time: 45 Min
  • Servings: 24
  • Calories: 327.52 kcal

2. Ingredients for Carrot Cupcakes

  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed, 150 g)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150 g)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 8 oz. crushed pineapple (canned, well-drained)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (for cake)
  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (275 g)
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (scant, for cake)
  • 2 cup carrots (finely grated, 245 g)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pecans (or walnuts, finely chopped, optional)
  • 12 oz. cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks, 1 block = 8 oz.)
  • 4 oz. unsalted butter
  • 3 cup powdered sugar (360g)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (for frosting)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (for frosting)

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3.2 Prep

Line two 12-cavity cupcake pans with baking papers. Set aside.

Place the canola oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, crushed pineapple, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously until smooth.

Add the flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to the bowl. Continue whisking until mixture is just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the shredded carrots, and the raisins and/or nuts, if using.

Divide the batter evenly between the cupcake liners, filling each no more than 2/3 full.

3.3 Oven

Bake the cupcakes on middle rack of oven just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 18-21 minutes.

3.4 Check

Check to see that cupcakes are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.5 Prep

Allow cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

While the cupcakes cool, make the frosting. Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.

Add the powdered sugar in two additions, beating on low speed after each until sugar is fully incorporated into cream cheese mixture. Add the vanilla extract and salt to bowl. Continue beating on medium-high speed until frosting is light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.

3.6 Serve

Pipe or spread the frosting onto cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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