Easy and delicious carrot cake cupcake recipe that uses fresh ingredients and is perfect for any occasion.

Did you know that February 3rd is National Carrot Cake Day?  No?  Me either.  Until the lovely folks at Smart & Final announced it via Twitter and Facebook.

Never one to miss an opportunity to make a cake, I just had to make these delicious carrot cake cupcakes.

Easy carrot cake cupcakes

Cake Ingredients

  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 tbs applesauce
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrot
  • 1 can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 12oz tub of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat the oven to 350 (F).

Combine the first five ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.

In a second bowl blend (on medium speed) the eggs, sugar, applesauce, buttermilk, and vanilla. 

Gradually add the dry ingredients into the second bowl (about a cup at a time), blending as you go until all of the dry ingredients have been added and combined thoroughly.

Fold in the carrot, crushed pineapple, pecans, and coconut.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes if doing mini cupcakes (pictured above), but if doing a cake (which I did in 2 loaf pans) then bake for approx 30 minutes.


Blend all 4 ingredients in a bowl on medium speed until combined.

Once piped on (I used a 4B tip), top with a little grated carrot.

And just because the photograph above doesn't show the delicious chunky ingredients in the cake…

Carrot cake cupcakes

Wouldn't these make a lovely Easter Party Treat too?

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Delicious and easy carrot cake cupcakes with fresh ingredients

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ethelmaepotter February 4, 2011 - 10:46 pm

You’re kidding. National carrot cake day?! Well, at least they picked something yummy!

Your recipe sounds divine, and the little cuocake is adorable!!!!

ethelmaepotter February 4, 2011 - 10:47 pm

CuOcake? When will I ever learn to proofread?

Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies February 5, 2011 - 11:17 am

What a pretty little cupcake. It looks moist and delicious and that frosting looks fantastically creamy. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog right now and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cupcake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com

Julia February 5, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Oh my goodness! This is my twin daughters’ birthday! They actually did have some carrot cake. Now it’s a tradition! Thanks for sharing this great recipe too!

Tonya Staab February 6, 2011 - 8:49 am

What a coincidence.  You absolutely have to make it an annual carrot cake tradition then.  Happy birthday to your daughters.


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