Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful.

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

Simple and moist cupcakes with carrots and a cream cheese frosting. This Carrot Cake Cupcake recipe is perfect for spring! Like my Easy Carrot Cake Recipe and these cute little Easter Bunny Rolls, this recipe makes a great addition to your Easter Brunch.

Give these Carrot Cake Cupcakes an Easter upgrade by sprinkling the tops with toasted coconut to make little Easter nests and adding little chocolate eggs. These easter cupcakes make a cute addition to every Easter table!

They get even more delicious after a day or two when the carrot cake’s flavors are fully developed, making this the perfect make-ahead recipe!

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

These are the ultimate carrot cake cupcakes and a perfect holiday dessert but I could eat them every day! They’re super moist and are bursting with flavor from the carrots, spices, brown sugar, and ground almonds.

The not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting goes perfectly with the lightly spiced, moist cupcakes. My hubby hates the sweetness of traditional cream cheese frosting so this cream cheese frosting is my go-to recipe. It’s smooth with a slight tang from the cream cheese and not overly sweet. My family loves it this way and even I with my sweet tooth prefer this lighter frosting.

Making these cute cupcakes from scratch is super easy and we all know spring isn’t complete without carrot cake (cupcakes)!

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

HOW TO MAKE CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES FROM SCRATCH

To make these carrot cupcakes you need 1 1/2 cups grated carrots, that’s about 3 large ones. Grate them by hand or use a food processor. But please don’t use pre-grated carrots from the grocery store, they are drier and won’t make your cupcakes moist.

Start with creaming the sugars and the butter together. I use mostly brown sugar in this recipes because it adds flavor and moistness which is essential for a good carrot cake in my opinion. Then add the eggs, grated carrots, and unsweetened apple sauce. Mix in the dry ingredients, pour the batter into your muffin pan (this is the one I use and love) and bake.

When the cupcakes are completely cooled make the frosting. My cream cheese frosting is not as sweet as many other cream cheese frostings because that’s how we like it. So it’s totally ok to eat more than one cupcake 🙂

The cupcakes keep well, covered in the fridge or at a cool place and, thanks to the almonds, will become even moister over the next day or two. Adding ground almonds to your carrot cake cupcakes guarantees a moist crumb because of the oil in the nuts.

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

The first option to decorate the Carrot Cake Cupcakes: My go-to way to frost cupcakes – roses! These are much easier to pipe than you think and they look impressive. All you need is a 1M tip. Start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. So easy!

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

The second option: Making little Easter Nest Cupcakes! These are so easy to make, super cute and perfect for Easter. Pipe a little nest on top of the carrot cupcake, sprinkle with toasted coconut and top with little chocolate eggs.

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

SOME MORE EASTER AND SPRING RECIPES YOU’LL ENJOY!

I have a lot of recipes to choose from if you want to take a look at my recipe index, but here are a few of my recent recipes.

These Brown Butter Maple Glazed Roasted Rainbow Carrots are the easiest and most delicious side dish ever! They make a perfect side dish for your Easter Sunday dinner! If you’re looking for a cozy soup you have to try this Instant Pot Carrot Soup Recipe, great for lunch but also fancy enough for guests. Why not serve this soup as an appetizer?

And if you’re more in the mood for something more indulgent, these Nutella Mousse Cookie Cups are so delicious. A chocolate cookie baked in a muffin tin and filled with Nutella mousse, these will be a hit at your next party!

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

Which one is your favorite the Easter Nest Cupcake or the Rose Cupcake?

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!
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Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes (with Easter Upgrade!)

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Author Julia

Ingredients

Cupcakes:

  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter 115g
  • 1/2 cups brown sugar 100g
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50g
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups grated carrots 200g (about 3 large carrots)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 70g
  • 1 cup ground almonds 120g
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 105g
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • For the frosting
  • 1/4 cup softened unsalted butter 60g
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar 100g, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz cream cheese 225g

Easter Topping (optional):

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut 30g
  • 24-36 mini eggs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line a 12-count muffin pan (my favorite pan) with cupcake liners.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until slightly pale and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add eggs, finely grated carrots, and unsweetened apple sauce. Mix until well combined.
  4. In another bowl, combine the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

  6. Divide the batter between the muffin cups, fill each about 3/4 full, and bake for about 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pan several minutes then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
  7. If you want to decorate the cupcakes for Easter, spread the shredded coconut on a baking tray and put in the oven (350°F) for about 5 minutes to lightly toast. Cool completely.

  8. To make the frosting, beat together softened butter and confectioners' sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  9. Add vanilla extract and cream cheese and beat until blended. If the frosting is a little bit too soft, freeze for a few minutes.

  10. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. If you want to decorate them for Easter then immediately sprinkle toasted coconut on top to roughly coat and Stick mini eggs into the middle of each cake.

  11. Store frosted cupcakes covered in the refrigerator for up to 7 days and allow to come to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

Use brick-style cream cheese for the frosting. Not cream cheese spread.

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

The best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a not-too-sweet cream cheese frosting on top! These carrot cupcakes are perfectly moist, lightly spiced and so flavorful. A perfect dessert for Easter!

2 Comments

  • Natalie

    Hey there! Can’t wait to try these! This is the first carrot cake recipe I’ve found that uses butter instead of oil ❤️ What could I use if I don’t have ground almonds? Thanks!

    • Julia

      Hi Natalie, you can use any other ground nuts like hazelnuts or pecans instead of the ground almonds or grind any whole nuts in a food processor 🙂 Happy Easter!

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