These moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes with classic cream cheese frosting are delicious, rich, and moist. Truly the best carrot cake I've ever had.
Moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
It's getting to be almost Easter-time, with all things bunnies, carrots, and eggs! So I wanted to share a classic moist carrot cake cupcakes recipe with you today! Moist carrot cake cupcakes are a simple treat, but they're still packed with delicious-ness and Easter spirit.
I adapted this recipe from Southern Living. They called their recipe "Best Carrot Cake." And, boy! They weren't kidding! This is truly the best carrot cake I have ever tasted. It's moist, sweet, and flavorful! I think the trick is the buttermilk! This recipe has a lot of buttermilk in it, but don't fret if you don't have any on hand! I have this super easy Buttermilk Substitute that does the trick (In fact, I used it for the cupcakes pictured here, and they turned out fabulous!).
Before we get down to business, I just wanted to make a note about the carrots. Make sure they are finely shredded. I processed my carrots to make sure they were fine crumbs. Don't process too much. You don't want puree, just teeny tiny pieces. Because there's nothing worse than a salad masquerading as a cupcake! Am I right?!
When the moist carrot cake cupcakes are cooled, you can frost them with this cream cheese frosting recipe I used for my Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes. It's a very stiff cream cheese frosting, so you can pipe it, if you'd like, and it will stay pretty for you. Please note that cream cheese frosting does need to be refrigerated!
Moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe
Moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Moist Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 3 large carrots finely grated or processed (about 2 cups)
- 1 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup butter
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream Cheese Frosting
- See my cream cheese frosting recipe here!
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla with a mixer until smooth.
- Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix until just combined.
- Fold in carrots, pineapple, and pecans to incorporate.
- Line a lightly greased muffin tin with cupcake liners. Fill each cup ⅔ of the way with batter.
- Bake in 350° oven for 15-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- While the cupcakes are baking, mix together sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Bring to a boil, and allow to boil for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
- Pour about a tablespoon of the glaze over each warm cupcake.
- Allow cupcakes to cool and glaze to set.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- When the carrot cake cupcakes are cooled, you can frost them with this cream cheese frosting recipe. It's a very stiff cream cheese frosting, so you can pipe it, if you'd like, and it will stay pretty for you. Please note that cream cheese frosting does need to be refrigerated!
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Sarah J says
POPPING OVER FROM The Makers Link up party =) These look delightfully delicious! Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 8pm EST to Fri 11pm EST) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don't already!
Those look delicious and perfect for Easter!
Your carrot cake cupcakes looks so delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe.
Okay, I love carrot cake, and I love cupcakes... so these are just perfect!! Thank you for sharing with the Friday Favorites Link Party, we love having you! 🙂
Mrs. AOK says
Oh YUM! My husband LOVES carrot cake!!
Thank you for sharing with us at Mommy Monday 🙂
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BTW I love Southern Living Magazine too! 🙂
I plan on making these in mini cupcake form. I looked at the recipe for the cream cheese frosting....would this recipe be way too much for mini cupcakes? 3-1/2 pounds of powdered sugar would be 14 cups...... could I cut the cream cheese frosting in half for the mini cupcakes? Also, I probably would bake the minis for 8 to 10 minutes?
Being that these are moist, would I still use a toothpick in the center to check the doneness? Sorry for all of the questions but I need to know.
Yes, it is A LOT of frosting. I would probably cut it half.
And I would say that that's probably right for cook time. I would at least start checking them at about 8-10 minutes. You can still check these with a toothpick, as they're moist but shouldn't be gooey.
hi i love your recipe, but i have a question, could i skip the pineapple, as i dont really like it, or what can i substitute it with? thanks
You could skip it, but I don't really recommend it. It's part of what makes them so moist, and you can't really taste it in the cupcakes either. But if you really, really hate it, you could try subbing it out with an equal amount of applesauce.
Hi, this looks delicious, I have a question though, can I leave out the buttermilk? Or what can I substitute it with? I was think Chai Latte ice-cream? It has spices in like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves...or would it not work with the cupcakes?
I'm not sure if that would work, as I've never tried it. There's an easy buttermilk substitute linked above that I know works that you can try.
Have you tried freezing these after adding the glaze but before topping with the frosting?
I actually haven't frozen these, but I think you could freeze them before or after you add the glaze. Just make sure they're wrapped tightly.
Hi Michelle. I made these yesterday and while really tasty and moist they sunk in the middle. How do you measure your flour? I weighed mine at 120 g per cup (According to the King Arthur Flour website) so 240 g of flour in total. Do you think the flour was too little so it didn't have enough structure? I didn't glaze them btw
Sorry forgot to mention that the batter was very runny- Not sure if it's meant to be that way
Usually a cake sunk in the middle means that it didn't bake long enough. Did you check them with a toothpick before removing? I made this recipe for Easter again this year, and didn't have problems. I measure my flour in cups, though, too. So I know that can make a difference.
Hi Michelle. I checked both batches with a cake tester and they were cooked. I cooked 12 at 350F for 15 minutes and these cooked but were very soft and did sink badly and spread more. With the other 12 I did what I do with my muffin recipes and first baked for 5 minutes at 440F and then 390 for 10 minutes. These were firmer, didn't spread as much but also sunk slightly in the middle. Both batches browned beautifully. I'm going to try adding more flour the next time. How would you describe the consistency of the batter? I'm from South Africa by the way!
Hi! I don't understand. Should i use the buttermilk glaze & the frosting together? Or it's just one of both? Thank you!!
The buttermilk glaze get brushed on top of the cupcakes to keep them moist. Then you can frost them normally with the cream cheese frosting.
Darlene Haggerty says
Simply the best recipe for moist delicious carrot cake cupcakes. #1
These are the best carrot cupcakes ever even with out the frosting
Thank you! I'm so glad you like them! We love them too!
Can these be bake as cake layers?
Probably, but I haven't tested bake times to be sure.
Epic! I had never baked with buttermilk before, and now it's going into all my cupcakes.
Yes! It makes it soo moist! Glad you loved it!
These are the most delicious, moist carrot cupcakes ever! I made this recipe using King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour, as I am gluten free and they were perfect! The cream cheese frosting was smooth and delicious. I served them for my in-laws 51st anniversary dinner and they were a huge hit. I made the glaze but after using on 4 cupcakes, I chose not to use it at all. It was a little sweet for me and the cupcakes were fine without it. Great recipe!
Harriett Williams says
This recipe left out the coconut that the cake recipe uses. Can I still use coconut in this recipe? I am really excited to have pipeable frosting.
You can use coconut in the recipe, but it's not called for in the recipe ingredients or instructions. You can fold it into the batter before baking.