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Carrot Cupcakes

Surprisingly, Carrot Cupcakes are one of my top dessert posts from this site. I’ve finally decided to give them another go and retake the photos!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
These carrot cupcakes are topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting and perfect for fall baking!

Show of hands, who planted carrots in their garden only to realize that no one in the family eats them??

No one? Just me?

Darn the luck that our carrots would be one of our most successful plants in the garden. I let my little guy talk me into picking up some seeds this spring and thought that nothing would come of it. Lo and behold, here we are mid August and these little things are going crazy! Did I mention I even planted them in a pot? Not the ground… a POT.  A tiny one. Which means our carrots are growing into some interesting shapes.

carrot cake

Not being one that likes to let things go to waste I’ve quickly come up with a few recipes that are going to kick off my fall baking! Kicking things off are these delicious carrot cake cupcakes! I posted the recipe a while back ages ago (when my site was practically a baby) and it’s steadily been in my top posts, especially around fall. I think it’s due to the pretty floral piped frosting and NOT from the random bits of candy I had thrown about. >insert embarrassed face here<

Regardless, the cake is delicious and one you should try. Top it with a vanilla frosting or try my personal favorite… Cream cheese! Even if you aren’t a carrot lover you are going to want to devour one or two (or ten) of these little beauts. So, what do you think? Is it too early for fall recipes?

Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup oil
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups shredded carrots


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with paper liners or flour two 8 inch cake pans.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add the eggs, oil, applesauce, sugars, and vanilla extracts. Stir until smooth. Fold in carrots.
  3. Divide between your pans. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Bake 14-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Top with cream cheese frosting.
Copycat Hostess Cupcakes
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Friday 29th of December 2017

Hi do I squeeze the fluid out of the carrot


Sunday 31st of December 2017

No, you do not need to drain the carrots. They add moisture to the cake.


Sunday 27th of August 2017

if i omit the applesauce how much oil should i replace it with?


Thursday 31st of August 2017

Hi steph, I have never tried substituting the oil before but I would assume it would be the same value.


Saturday 19th of March 2016

How many cupcakes does this recipe make?


Sunday 20th of March 2016

It typically get 15-20 depending on how full I fill the liners.