The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - lightly spiced, perfectly moist, and oh that cream cheese frosting. | pinchofyum.com My sister is having a baby! And I am having a CUPCAKE!

Ohhh yeah. Babies and cupcakes. Things are about to get awesome.

I hosted a baby shower for my sister this last weekend because I like to try to defy reality by hosting baby showers in my small new house after moving in roughly ten days ago. Boxes shoved in closets, nothing on the walls, and people and presents and flowers galore. Lovely. Juuust lovely.

The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - lightly spiced, perfectly moist, swirled with heavenly cream cheese frosting. | pinchofyum.com

Okay actually, it was lovely. And if I had one fraction of a thing to do with the cuteness of the baby shower, it was my contribution of carrot cake cupcakes. Which are life-changingly, hate to say it, but, moist, and will forever be a part of my baby shower recipe repertoire. Remember Ang’s shower years ago? Same cupcakes. Same deliciousness. Same cream cheese frosting in my hair for weeks.

The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - lightly spiced, perfectly moist, swirled with heavenly cream cheese frosting. | pinchofyum.com

The baby shower festivities also bring some friends to today’s post! The talented team at Revel Blog created this beautiful inspiration board for me to use as a pretend reflection of how fancy I am in real life.

Is it not completely perfect? I mean, it’s like everything I love about a baby shower – the sweet, the soft, the oohy aahhy – but presented in a very calm and sophisticated style. I wanted to keep things really toned down so that we didn’t get all buggy eyed with baby blue everything, but I also wanted that precious adorable baby shower feel. I dreamed of soft grays, browns and tans, and pops of cream and white. Can you see the little picture of the carrot cake cupcakes in there? Proof that they just fit with the mellow sweet and soft feel of the shower. Oh the beauty of my pretend life.

Pst – if you’re liking this board, there’s mooore.

Baby Shower Inspiration

That’s me there, on the bottom, flaunting my cool, calm, collected hostess swag. Or not.

But on the day of the shower, something weird and borderline miraculous happened. Even with the moving chaos and my crazed Saturday morning prepping, the real life shower almost turned out as cute as the inspiration board shower. UM WHAT.

This is all thanks to 1) the Revel Blog brains who got my wheels turning with their classy ideas, and 2) my younger sisters who came over and helped me get my house in acceptable condition, and 3) my sweet friend Heidi who brought over all her cuteness (literally, boxes of decorative antiquey stuffs) to help me set up a chic enchanted baby wonderland in my home without me needing to spend a dime. This was a team effort, people. Team effort. For which I am so thankful. We had a great time celebrating mommy and baby. And auntie. And cupcakes.

The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - lightly spiced, perfectly moist, swirled with heavenly cream cheese frosting. | pinchofyum.com

In the next few days I’ll share some pics from the real shower including of my sister’s baby boy belly which will probably melt your face off. Is that exploitative? Please friends, come back to see pictures of my sister’s adorable (clothed) belly. Not weird at all. Mmmhm.

For today, you get this recipe, which is basically the whole reason I hosted the shower. I mean, babies are cute and everything, but CUPCAKES.

With CREAM CHEESE FROSTING.

Go forth.

The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting - lightly spiced, perfectly moist, and oh that cream cheese frosting. | pinchofyum.com

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The Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
For the cupcakes
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups grated carrots (heaping)
  • ⅔ cup oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
For the frosting
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2+ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the grated carrots and the oil. Slowly add the flour mixture, stirring until just mixed. Add the beaten eggs and stir a few times (like 15 or less around the bowl - the fewer the better)!
  2. Grease a muffin tin or use paper liners. Scoop the batter into a muffin tin, filling each muffin tin about ⅔ of the way up the side. Bake for 13 minutes, check how they're doing, and add a few minutes if necessary. I find that the baking time varies greatly with oven, so just check for the right golden brown color and springy tops. Allow the cupcakes to cool.
  3. For the frosting, blend the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Transfer to a plastic bag or similar tool for piping the frosting evenly on the cupcakes.
Notes
(Baking directly in the muffin tin without the liners is my favorite way to bake these, but it's harder to get the perfect light brown color on the sides because they often get too dark brown. The ones pictured here turned out perfectly, but if you're unsure, just use paper liners.)

If you love cream cheese frosting A LOT, you need to double the frosting. Having a little extra has never been a problem for me. :)

 


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  1. Baby showers are so fun! At this point in life, it is the only reason I would like to have a baby. I just want the shower part. Selfish. (Probably why I am not having babies yet!)
    These cupcakes are perfect. Carrot cake, cream cheese icing… I’ll have 10 thanks!

  2. My sister also just had a baby! I finding that I am now living my cake creations dream though my little niece.
    So cute and they look delicious, who does not like carrot cake?

  3. Happy almost baby day to your sister. It is going to be a fun journey. I love cakes with carrots in them but I have never perfected the cream cheese frosting so this would be good one to try.

  4. Such pretty cupcakes! I made some carrot cake cupcakes about 6 mos ago and it took me like 2 yrs to finally get those puppies where I wanted them and yours are just beautiful! Cream cheese frosting is a must, too :)

    • I made these a million and one times too, I couldn’t get them just right and I was even working off an old recipe! :) but they’re finally there. Carrot cake is da bomb.

  5. pinning this because I have been looking for the perfect carrot cake cupcakes and I know your recipe will be delicious, as usual :)

  6. These look perfect! Cream cheese frosting is the best of all frostings, isn’t it?! Delicious! And sounds like such a fun shower – you are a great sister!

  7. Congrats! My brother and his wife had their son a year ago so I have definitely enjoyed having a little one to celebrate. Last weekend, they had their 1st birthday and I helped by making the party favors for all the kids: animal sunglasses, animal face masks, and inflatable animal beach balls. Everyone loved them!

  8. These look amazing. Can’t wait to try making them over the holidays!

  9. I’m kind of loving no cupcake liners for these! So much prettier and rustic, plus no picking up cupcake wrappers left all over your house when the party is over. Can’t wait to try these!

  10. Carrot cake is one of my favorite, so seeing them in cupcake form is making me hungry!

  11. Sorry to say but my perfect carrot cake has to include pineapple and nuts…. raisins are negotiable… but they sure look yummy!

  12. I just had carrot cake today…I’ve declared it my official favourite dessert of the year! These look so delicious. Congratulations on the baby coming into your family!

  13. That’s so sweet of you to host a baby shower for your sister! And to bake amazing cupcakes. With how much you enjoy spoiling people with delicious food, your little nephew is going to think you’re the greatest auntie in the world! I can’t wait to see your photos from the party; I’m sure everything turned out even prettier than the inspiration board!

  14. This recipe looks very similar to my all time favorite carrot cake recipe. And you know what I like to do to turn it up a notch? I add a little lemon zest to the cream cheese frosting and then sprinkle some toasted coconut on top. Is it just me or is everything in life better with coconut??

  15. These look fantastic! congrats to your sister!

  16. My favorite dessert ever and I DO like lots of cream cheese frosting!

  17. yuuuuummmmmm

  18. I love, love carrot cake anything. And love cream cheese everything. Match made for each other, perfect match. And congrats on being a new auntie soon :)

  19. Carrot cake is the perfect thing for baby showers. I do not know why, but it just is. And these are gorgeous!!

  20. Your cupcakes are so pretty! Carrot cakes is one of my favorite “american” (hope its American) cake.

  21. You are indeed a very brave woman! You seem to have taken the entire move in stride though, and have a baby shower under your belt to prove it!

  22. These cupcakes look delicious! Looks like you used a mini muffin pan — perfect size! I think I will make these this weekend and freeze them. They will be great to serve during the holidays!

  23. Hi
    The cupcakes look awesome! By 2 eggs beaten, u mean just beaten until yolks n whites r combined or beaten till it becomes frothy?
    Thx

  24. Just made these…and am now devouring them. Amazing. Adding to my recipe book. I attempted to make the frosting look pretty like yours, but sadly in the end I resorted to blobs of frosting. Still good though!

  25. These look delicious! I agree with you when it comes to cream cheese frosting, the more the merrier!

  26. they look yummy!

  27. I just put a batch in the oven. They smell great and were fast and incredibly easy to make! It’s almost midnight here in India and my best friend turns 21 tomorrow. These are her favourite! She has childhood memories attached to these so I’m making these as a surprise! :) Thank you so much for the recipe! Cream cheese isn’t available so i’m playing with the idea of whipping yogurt and sweetened condensed milk together… let’s see! Thank you again!

    • jeanine says:

      Hi, Unmesh:

      I suggest draining the yogurt in cheese cloth first for a firm cheese-like texture.

      Let us know how the experiment goes. Always interested in alternatives!

  28. Hey! Thanks so much for posting this recipie its very delicious! However I wanted to ask if I could try the same recipie but instead of cupcakes I make a cake.

    Thanks :)

  29. Just tried it, perfect! I added 1/2 cup of crushed pineapple (without syrup) and it turned out perfectly moist. Will watch out for your next recipe!;)

  30. Hi, I tried this recipe and wow the result was moist, tasty cupcakes!

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