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Ultimate Carrot Cupcakes

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

Yesterday was such a beautiful day! Spring is finally here, and calving season is in a full swing now!

I baked my almond berry muffins and these carrot cupcakes to bring to the ranch yesterday. They were such a hit, especially my carrot cupcakes. Mildly spiced carrot cupcakes with pecan bites topped with tasty cream cheese frosting are too good to say “No”, even if you’re reaching for your third cupcake. I baked these cupcakes on Sunday for my blog, but they didn’t last long. I had to bake a new batch for my in-laws yesterday.

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

It’s super easy to make too. If you don’t have a mixer, you can mix the batter by hand as well. Mixer just makes it way too easy. There are three ingredients that help you to achieve perfectly moist cupcakes: Greek yogurt, brown sugar and carrots. But that’s not enough. Make sure not to over-bake the cupcakes. It took 18 minutes for my cupcakes to bake. I suggest checking for doneness after 15 minutes.

Below is a step-by-step photo instruction for you.

Carrot Cupcakes

You want to grate your carrots into pretty small pieces. Here is a little trick to achieve finely grated carrots in a food processor. First grate the carrots using the shredding disc of the food processor, then I chop them with chopping blade pulsing a few times.

Carrot Cupcakes - Step-by-step instructions

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

Are you planning to host an easter brunch, or attending an easter potluck at work? These delicious carrot cupcakes would be perfect. It’s such a crowd-pleaser!

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

These cupcakes are even tastier on the second day!

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

Enjoy!

Carrot Cupcakes

My ultimate carrot cupcakes are moist, rich and mildly spiced, topped with sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting. Nothing more, nothing less. Just perfect!

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients:

For cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, at room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, light or dark
  • 1 ½ cup grated carrots
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

For cream cheese frosting:

  • 8oz (250gr) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup (55gr) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy (whipping) cream, or milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Line the muffin cups with cupcake liners. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a small bowl, combined together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, mix together eggs, Greek yogurt, oil, sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Don’t over mix at this point. Fold in grated carrots and pecans. Fill the cupcake cups ¾ of the way. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the baking pan, then transfer onto wire rack to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, beat butter and cream cheese on medium high speed until fluffy for 1 minute. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for a minute. Then increase the speed to medium high and continue to beat until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Frost the cupcakes once they’re completely cooled.

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26 comments

  1. These look wonderful. And so beautifully presented! I love the way you styled them.
    Amalia
    xo

  2. Hi Shinee, What a beautiful plate of cupcakes! I’ll have to try them. Your photos are great, too. Well done! Blessings, Janet

  3. These look delicious! Carrot cake is one of my husband’s favorites; I will be trying these.

  4. if i have greek yogurt in the fridge how long should I leave it out for it to be room temperature?

  5. I made these as cupcakes a while back – – SO good!! Now I want to make a cake. What modifications would I make to make this as a cake vs. cupcake?

  6. Hi what can I substitute Greek yogurt

  7. Love these! My BF is always asking for more carrot cake – I’ll have to give these a try 😀

  8. I love that these are made with greek yogurt and are made without raisins. I just want to give you a virtual high 5 for that!

  9. These look great. I love carrot cupcakes!!

  10. Perfect-Thank you!

  11. Hi! Can I leave out the pecans? will it still turn out the same?

    • Hi! Yes, you can totally leave out the pecans. The only difference would be there won’t be pecan “crunch” in the cupcakes, but they will still turn out moist and delicious!

  12. esta receta no lleva ni mantequilla ni aceite ????

  13. What temp is the oven at?

    • Oh wow, I forgot to put that crucial info in the recipe! So sorry about that, Val. I just updated the recipe. The oven should be at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). And thank you so much for letting me know.

  14. I love carrot cake, and these look nice, but how spicy would the cinnamon make them in this particular recipe? I’m not sensitive to spices but if I make them for my family (who are) would it be too much?

    • No, the cinnamon won’t make the cupcakes spicy at all. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon is not overpowering, yet just gives a mild hint of cinnamon flavor. I hope you family will like it. Thank you for visiting my blog.

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