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A Carrot Cake Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frostin

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x


These Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are unbelievable! They’re soft, moist & tender and are going to knock your socks off. Topped off with mounds of cream cheese frosting. . . is there anything better?



Cupcake Batter:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (I always use fresh)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and shredded (about 6 to 7 medium size carrots)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar


Cupcake Batter:

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Heat oven to 350 F. Line 24 muffin tins with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk eggs and sugars together until the sugars are combined. Continue to whisk and slowly drizzle in oil until thoroughly well combined and emulsified. Whisk in the flour mixture until JUST incorporated (don’t over mix!). Stir in carrots.
  4. Fill each muffin tin with 1/4 cup of cake batter. Bake 25 to 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cupcakes cool in pan for 10 minutes. Once completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Using a stand mixer or handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter, until well combined and creamy (about 1 to 3 minutes). Add vanilla and powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  2. Spread or pipe frosting onto cupcakes.


You can grate your carrots in a food processor fitted with large or fine shredding disk or you can use a box grater and shred by hand.

You can easily half this recipe and make only 12 cupcakes. I like to pipe the frosting on which uses more frosting than spreading it on the cupcakes. If I make the full batch of cupcakes and pipe the frosting on, then I double the frosting recipes. If you are just spreading it on, then the recipe I have listed is enough frosting for the full batch of cupcakes.

This can also be made into a 9×13 cake. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 35 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  • Category: Cakes & Cupcakes