Amazing carrot cake baked into cupcakes with cute carrot cake toppers. Perfect for Easter or any time you are craving carrot cake. This recipe can also be made into a cake!
BEST CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES
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. Mel from Mel's Kitchen Cafe 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 carrot cake, I knew these would make darling Easter cupcakes.
You guys! I'm a huge fan now! I think this carrot cake cupcake recipe 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!
- unbleached all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- baking soda
- ground cinnamon
- ground nutmeg
- ground cloves
- table salt
- shredded carrots
- white granulated sugar
- light brown sugar
- canola oil (or ¾ cup applesauce and ¾ cup oil)
HOW TO MAKE CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES
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.
CARROT CAKE 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 carrot cake decorations.
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 candy 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!
Make carrot cake or not, these candy carrots are great Easter cupcake toppers!
DOES CARROT CAKE NEED TO BE REFRIGERATED?
Technically, yes, carrot cake should be refrigerated. Because of the cream cheese frosting, you should keep this dessert chilled.
Of course, leaving it out for a few hours should be just fine, but personally, we like the taste of cold carrot cake better anyway.
WHY DID CARROTS TURN GREEN IN CARROT CAKE?
If you notice that the carrots in the cake turn a green or blueish color, don't fear. This does not mean that your carrot cake has gone bad. In fact, it's fairly common.
Carrots turn green as a result of coming into contact with baking soda. Basically, a chemical reaction happens when the carrots touch something that is more alkaline, causing the carrots to change color.
To avoid this from happening, be sure to mix the baking soda very well into the batter before stirring in the carrots. I have also read that you can use ¾ tsp. baking soda instead of the full 1 teaspoon. (Although I have not tried this so cannot vouch for it!)
Enjoy this cute carrot cake and cream cheese frosting recipe!
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Original recipe from Mel's Kitchen Cafe, but I've altered the recipe.