Amazing carrot cake baked into cupcakes with cute M&M toppers make a festive Easter dessert!
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Best Carrot Cake Recipe
Are you a fan of carrot cake? Carrot cake was always so-so for me. Especially the carrot cake filled with nuts, pineapple, and all sorts of other random ingredients. Sure, I’d eat it, but it was never a dessert that I would intentionally make. Until now.
I came across this best carrot cake recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. She claims that this recipe is her all-time favorite and she’s tried quite a few. So I trusted her judgement. I used her recipe as the base, but decreased the sugar and increased some of the spices. Instead of baking it into a cake, I knew these would make darling Easter cupcakes.
You guys! I’m a huge fan now! I think this dessert will become an Easter tradition!
I mean, the cupcakes are adorable and all with those cute carrots on top, but they taste delicious, too! And if my husband says they get presentation points and taste points, well, we know we have a winner!
Don’t let this “carrot cake from scratch” scare you. I’m all about simple, but this cake really doesn’t take much more effort than a box-cake would. There’s just a few extra ingredients to add. Plus, you can make this cake in advance, so you can bake it a few days early and pull it out for your Easter dessert.
How to Make the Carrot Toppers
For the carrot cupcake toppers, all you need is orange and green-colored M&M candies. You will need both the large size and mini size to make the carrots.
If you have a store that sells these candies in bulk, that might the best way to buy them so you can get exactly the colors and sizes you want! You can always buy a regular-size bag if you don’t have a bulk option.
For each carrot, you’ll need 1 large green, 1 small green, 1 large orange, and 2 small orange M&Ms.
Once the cupcakes are frosted, simply place one large M&M just above the center. Place 2 small orange candies below, to create the carrot topper. Then add one large and one small green M&M for the carrot top! Seriously, it doesn’t get much easier than this! Kids could even help make these!
Carrot Cake & Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe
Original recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, but I’ve altered the recipe.