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. 

Carrot Cake Cupcakes on parchment paper

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.

Loaded with Flavor

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.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with a bite taken out on parchment paper

Even More Goodness

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 organic milk, coconut oil, ginger, and cinnamon in this recipe.

The Perfect Flavor

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).

Carrot Cake Cupcakes in a muffin tin

Don’t Over Bake Your Carrot 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!

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Review Recipe

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Author Holly Nilsson
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.


  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup Great Value Organic 2% Reduced Fat Milk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Great Value Organic Ground Ginger
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ cup coconut oil solid
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups carrots grated
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 8 ounces crushed pineapple 1 can, drained
  • 1 cup raisins or coconut

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with liners.
  • Place the apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup. Fill to ¾ cup with milk. Stir and set aside.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger in a medium bowl.
  • In separate bowl mix, combine eggs, sugar and coconut oil until smooth. Stir in apple sauce, vanill and soured milk.
  • Add flour mixture stirring just until combined.
  • Stir in carrots, walnuts, pineapple and raisins. Do not over mix.
  • Fill each muffin cup ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 193, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 137mg, Potassium: 127mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 1515IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1mg

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

Keyword carrot cake cupcakes, carrot cupcakes, cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. OMG! Thank you for the great recipe… so good! So very moist! I added Allspice & dash of nutmeg- The coconut oil & soured milk makes them very tasty. Shredded way too many carrots in processor, lol- but I threw them in & still awesome! I’m always tweaking dessert recipes for lower sugar/ GI effect- so trading out sugar for Truvia Baking Blend worked great too.. Thank you for sharing! 5 stars

  2. I was craving a moist and flavorful carrot cake. This is not the recipe! I was disappointed because I follow step by step the recipe and the final result was a bland cupcake!! Texture was more like a banana bread. They are good but did not taste like carrot cake. My husband said that it needed more sugar, spices and probably more fat. I sent some to my neighbor and her comment was ” They taste pretty healthy” I’m still searching and hoping to find the perfect carrot cake recipe!2 stars

  3. Excellent recipe! Only change I made was I used half butter and half coconut oil and used chunk pineapple cut up a little smaller as I like to bite into pineapple : )
    Frosting recipe was SO perfect with the lemon!!
    Thank you!!5 stars

  4. Can’t wait to try these!! If I were to make these as MINI cupcakes, how should I adjust the cooking time? Thanks!

  5. 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. 5 stars

  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!5 stars