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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Quick and easy homemade carrot cake cupcakes topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting by Deliciously Sprinkled

Spring has sprung! Though it may not feel like spring in the midwest quite yet, Easter is just around the corner. Growing up, Easter was always one of my favorite holidays because it packed so many things I loved into one day… baking, brunch, pastels, fun Easter egg-dying, warm weather (hopefully), family time, and of course, all the Easter bunny’s treats.

Well, it turns out that things don’t change all that much as you grow up. I still love Easter for all of the same reasons and this year, I’m excited to share my amazing carrot cake cupcake recipe that will be a perfect dessert for your Easter brunch.

These perfectly moist and fabulously flavorful cupcakes are packed with freshly grated carrot and sweet pineapple. Topped with fluffy, vanilla cream cheese frosting with a SPRINKLE of chopped walnuts and a cute carrot decoration, making these cupcakes a family favorite, especially for Easter. Enjoy!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe


 OVERMIXING: Don’t OVERMIX the batter.  This will cause the cupcakes to be rather chewy instead of perfectly moist. You just want to mix until JUST combined, meaning that you should still seem some flour in the bowl.

OVEN TEMPERATURE: It’s so important to bake these cupcakes at the proper temperature.  Preheat your oven to the correct temperature BEFORE you put your cupcakes in the oven.  If you don’t have an oven thermometer, I would HIGHLY recommend getting one, it will help you make sure your oven is set to the right temperature.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING: For the cream cheese frosting, I recommend using heavy whipping cream because it gives the frosting that thick, creamy, texture that everyone loves on top of a cupcake. And don’t forget the chopped walnuts, because it’s not a carrot cake cupcakes without them!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Yield: 24 Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

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  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup golden brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 4 cups powered sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


PRE-STEP: Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line (2) 12 count muffin pan with cupcake liners. Set aside.

STEP 1: Using an electric or stand mixer, mix the eggs, canola oil, applesauce, brown sugar, and sugar until smooth.

STEP 2: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon until combined.

STEP 3: Slowly mix in dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until no clumps remain.

STEP 4: Stir in vanilla, carrots, pineapple and chopped walnuts.

STEP 5: Pour batter into the cupcake liners (about ¾ the way full). Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.


STEP 6: Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

STEP 7: Add cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract, increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.

STEP 8: Frost cooled cupcakes and top with chopped walnuts.


*Store cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days and in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

35 Responses to “Carrot Cake Cupcakes”

  1. michelle — March 28, 2016 at 7:03 am

    These really are very good and moist!  I used toasted coconut around the edges and drew a carrot with orange and green icing.  And when I say drew, I mean it’s basically three lines!  Thanks for the recipe…it’s a keeper!

  2. Heidi Bergquist — April 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Can these be made without the walnuts?

    • Jenn — April 16th, 2015 @ 4:05 pm

      Yes, you don’t have to make these cupcakes with walnuts. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. Cindy — May 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    The cupcakes were a hit! Thank you so much for the recipe. I’m wondering, instead of cupcakes, can I make it as a cake?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 23rd, 2014 @ 11:19 am

      Cindy, I am so glad you loved these cupcakes! Yes, I used the same recipe for when I make carrot cake instead of cupcakes. The only thing I would change is I would double the frosting to have enough to frost the cake.

  4. Cindy — May 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Ok thank you. Also, with the cream cheese frosting on them, how long can they be out of the fridge?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 17th, 2014 @ 7:39 pm

      Your welcome, Cindy! I have left these cupcakes sit out at many of our get togethers for 8 hours and they were still delicious. Unless they are sitting in directly in the hot sun, they will be fine sitting out for a whole day!

  5. Cindy — May 17, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Just a silly question, do I use salted or unsalted butter?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 17th, 2014 @ 9:35 am

      Cindy, that’s not a silly question at all! I used unsalted butter to make the cream cheese frosting! Enjoy 🙂

  6. Priya — May 13, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Awesome Cakes..! <3 Im gonna try this today.. 😀

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 13th, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

      Thanks, Priya! I hope you enjoy these carrot cake cupcakes as much as I do! 🙂

  7. jessica — May 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    these look delicious! like from a bakery! 🙂

  8. Gloria Howley — May 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    These are adorable. Where can I find the carrot decorations?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — May 7th, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

      Gloria, I got the carrot decorations at Target. If you can’t find them there, I would suggest looking on Amazon for them they are from Wilton.

  9. Ashley — April 28, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Will this recipe worked if I half everything?

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 28th, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

      Yes, this recipe would work great if you half everything! Enjoy, Ashley 🙂

  10. Ashley — April 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I made these cupcakes yesterday and they were a huge hit! Thanks so much

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

      Ashley, I am so glad you liked my carrot cake cupcakes and I hope you had a great Easter! 🙂

  11. Kelly — April 19, 2014 at 4:34 am

    I love carrot cake and these cupcakes are super adorable! So perfect for Easter 🙂

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 20th, 2014 @ 8:17 am

      Enjoy, you will love them! 🙂

  12. foodlikecake — April 2, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I love the carrots and everything just looks so cute!

  13. Risa — April 1, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I am in love with everything about these cupcakes. The flavors in the ingredient list are mouth watering and they have such a pretty presentation they can be put up in a bakery display case! I must make these.

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 1st, 2014 @ 9:22 pm

      Awww, thanks Risa for the super sweet comment! 🙂

  14. Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! — April 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart, Jenn. These carrot cake cupcakes look delicious and you’re totally right – they are perfect for Easter brunch.

  15. nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — April 1, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    So perfect for Easter!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 1st, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

      Carrot Cake Cupcakes are the best Easter dessert! 🙂

  16. themessybakerblog — April 1, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    These are adorbs! I love those cute little carrots.

  17. Serene @ House of Yumm — April 1, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    These are soo cute! Love the carrots on top 🙂 Pinned this!

    • Jenn Kurkiewicz — April 1st, 2014 @ 9:20 pm

      Thanks so much for the pin, Serene! 🙂

  18. Beth — April 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Love these cupcakes! The frosting looks so fluffy, and I love how you decorated it with walnuts and those little carrots! Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays too. 🙂 Everything about it reminds me of springtime!

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