Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


The classic carrot cake in a smaller cupcake form. Topped with a lemony cream cheese frosting, they make a special treat for Easter celebrations, bake sales, backyard cookouts and potlucks.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
24 cupcakes


Carrot Cake Cupcakes:

  • 2 cups flour

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground

  • ½ teaspoon McCormick® Nutmeg, Ground

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 3 cups finely grated carrots

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ teaspoon McCormick® Pure Lemon Extract

  • 1 (16 ounce) box confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For the Cupcakes, mix flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Add oil, eggs and vanilla; mix well. Add carrots; mix until well blended. Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups, filling each cup 2/3 full.

  2. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely.

  3. For the Frosting, beat cream cheese, butter and lemon extract in large bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. If frosting is too thick to spread, gradually beat in milk. Frost cooled cupcakes with frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

362 Calories
20g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 362
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 166mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 36g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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