Friday, March 25, 2011

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

And finally the other recipe I promised from my dinner party last week...the carrot cake cupcakes!

*From this recipe from Ina Garten

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

2 cups of sugar
1 1/3 cups of vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sugar, oil, and vanilla together until smooth.

Add one egg at a time, mixing in between.

Combine dry ingredients (except for the carrots, raisins, and walnuts). Add half of the dry mixture to the wet and mix well.

Add the rest and mix well. Fold in the carrots, raisins, and walnuts.

Grease a muffin pan and fill each 3/4 of the way full.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean).

While the cupcakes are cooling, make your frosting!

Ingredients for frosting:

3/4 pound cream cheese
1 stick of unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 lb powdered sugar
2 tbsps milk
2 tsps cinnamon
2 tsps nutmeg

Beat the cream cheese, butter, milk, and vanilla until smooth.

Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time, beating until smooth.

Take a little taste test with your finger. You know, just to make sure it's right.

Frost your cupcakes. Sprinkle your cupcakes with additional walnuts if desired.

What is your favorite kind of cupcake?


  1. Carrot Cake cupcakes are my fav, but I think it may be because of the cream cheese frosting. I wish I could swim in a pool of it!

  2. I always end up having too many carrots after a while and this would be the perfect way to use them up. And a much more delicious alternative sometimes! :)

  3. The frosting just made my heart flutter.
    I love carrot cake cupcakes, or red velvet. Definitely my top picks.

  4. These look awesome - I am with the consensus on cream cheese good.

  5. I don't know that I've had much beyond white and chocolate cupcakes. (I know, I'm boring.) But these sounds awesome--especially with the cream cheese frosting!!

  6. Damn girl, this look fantastic! I an equal opportunity when it comes to cupcakes, I will try anyhting once but tend to lean towards ones with a sweet buttercream frosting.

  7. RED VELVET!!!! But vanilla with vanilla frosting is a close second.

  8. I love cream cheese frosting. I could have eaten that entire bowl.

    I love yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Heavenly.

  9. How did you not eat ALL that frosting?! I would have had to have my husband hide it from me!!!

    My favorite cupcake is vanilla with buttercream frosting!

  10. Those cupcakes look amazing - love your blog!!