Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Very sweet and moist cupcake version of carrot cake. My kids go crazy for these!

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
12 cupcakes


Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • ¼ cup grated carrots


  • 2 ½ cups cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • ½ cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup grated carrots

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk

  • cup vegetable oil

  • cup maple syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla extract for frosting in a medium bowl. Mix briskly until smooth and well blended. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  2. Blot grated carrots for garnish dry with a clean kitchen or paper towel. Cover and refrigerate until needed.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a large bowl to combine. Remove any clumps from brown sugar; add to the flour mixture and stir with the whisk to combine. Add carrots and stir until completely coated. Stir in almond milk, oil, maple syrup, and vanilla and mix just until incorporated. Batter will be soupier than typical cake batter but, if batter is too loose, you can add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  5. Divide the mixture amongst the prepared muffin cups.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Place the pans on wire racks to cool for about 15 minutes. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the pan and allow to cool on the wire rack for an additional 15 minutes.

  7. Frost with cream cheese frosting and garnish with grated carrots.

Cook's Note:

You can add 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

343 Calories
13g Fat
52g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 343
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 303mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 62mg 5%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 130mg 3%

* 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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