Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes put all of the amazing flavors and textures of a classic carrot cake into one yummy handheld bite!

Made with freshly shredded carrots and packed with goodies like nuts and raisins, these cupcakes are everything a perfect carrot cake should be!

Top them with whipped cream or cream cheese frosting for a dessert nobody will be able to resist!

This delicious Carrot Cake Cupcake recipe is sponsored by Walmart and SheKnows Media. 

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes topped with cream cheese icing and chopped nuts

Carrot Cake is one of those desserts I’m known for and it’s something I’m always asked to bring along to gatherings.

On occasion I’ve been served a carrot cake that’s  more like spice cake with a few carrots in it, that’s not how I like my carrot cake.

I love a carrot cake to be super moist and tender while being loaded with all kinds of textures and flavors.  I feel like as far as a cake goes, carrot cake is one that has so much goodness in it!  Carrots and crushed pineapple add tons of moisture and of course nuts for flavor and a bit of crunch and even raisins for great texture.

A Carrot Cake Cupcake with a bite taken out of it

To add even more goodness to these from scratch carrot cake cupcakes, I have replaced my usual vegetable oil in the batter with Great Value Organic Coconut Oil!  Walmart’s line of Great Value Organic products are the perfect addition to this recipe and best of all they’re budget friendly.

I’ve included Great Value Organic milk, coconut oil, ginger, and cinnamon in this recipe but keep in mind, Walmart has a big selection of Great Value Organic items available (including staples like milk, pasta and olive oil).  Being able to use organic ingredients definitely makes me feel better about enjoying these carrot cake cupcakes!  Ingredients for Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot cake is made very similarly to any other spiced cake, but it has a few more ingredients. The carrots and pineapple add amazing flavor into the cake while helping to keep it nice and moist!

Warm spices like ginger and cinnamon really add the perfect flavor to these carrot cake cupcakes!

This recipe uses soured milk by adding a little bit of apple cider vinegar to the milk before mixing.  The acidity adds great flavor but  most importantly makes these carrot cupcakes rise better and creates a perfectly tender crumb. It’ll look a bit thick/curdled when you use it which is what you want (I use this same soured milk in my well loved Banana Cake recipe).

A baking tin full of Carrot Cake Cupcakes

As with  most cupcakes, it’s important not to overbake these carrot cake cupcakes. You can check if they are done by inserting a toothpick into the center of them, if it comes out clean, that means they are done!

These babies are so moist, you really don’t even need frosting but I mean, cupcakes…  so we always top them with our fave Cream Cheese Frosting (or even just freshly whipped cream). I use a piping tip to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes, but a freezer bag with a corner cut out works just as well!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes are tender and moist and fully loaded with pineapple, nuts, raisins and carrots (of course). We love to top them with cream cheese frosting.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Great Value Organic 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoonGreat Value Organic Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Great Value Organic Ground Ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup Great Value Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 cup raisins (or coconut)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 24 muffin cups with liners.
  2. Place the apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup.  Fill to 3/4 cup with milk. Stir and set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger in a medium bowl.
  4. In separate bowl mix, combine eggs, sugar and coconut oil until smooth. Stir in apple sauce, vanill and soured milk.
  5. Add flour mixture stirring just until combined.
  6. Stir in carrots, walnuts, pineapple and raisins. Do not over mix.
  7. Fill each muffin cup 2/3 full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 24 cupcakes, Serving Size: 1 cupcake

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 164 Calories

(Nutriton information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Carrot Cake Cupcake garnished with cream cheese icing and chopped nuts

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

12 comments on “Carrot Cake Cupcakes”

  1. How much oil should be used instead of coconut oil?

  2. These look amazing. Have been looking for a good carrot cake/ muffin recipe. I’m always amazed how you bake using cups, us Europeans would be lost without the weighing scales. Will try converting measurements with google and fingers crossed they come out as good as yours.

    Rating: 5
  3. Do you have a recipe for the cream cheese frosting?

  4. Delicious I’m going to make it for Mother’s Day nice dessert with coffee and tea

  5. If you don’t have coconut oil what can you replace it with

  6. Great tip about adding the apple cider vinegar to the milk before mixing. Apple cider vinegar is really good for weight loss, as it makes you feel more “full.” It also helps lower cholesterol, and helps prevent acid reflux. (who knew?) thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5

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