Spiced Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Serves: 12 cupcakes
These Spiced Carrot Cake Cupcakes are loaded with fresh shredded carrot, crushed pineapple, and topped with rich cream cheese frosting.
  • 1 and ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • Pinch of ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 and ½ cups grated carrots (about 4 medium carrots)
  • ¼ cup canned crushed pineapple, drained well
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  • 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened slightly
  • 3.5 tbsp. salted butter, softened
  • 3 and ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ cup walnut pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard cupcake pan with paper liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt well; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine vegetable oil, milk, beaten eggs, grated carrots, crushed pineapple and walnut pieces until fully incorporated. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix until moistened (but do not overmix).
  4. Scoop batter into prepared cupcake pan. Bake in preheated oven for 17-19 minutes, or until cooked throughout and springy when touched. Let cool on wire rack.
Frosting & Topping
  1. When the cupcakes are almost fully cool, prepare the frosting. Add all ingredients into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the beater attachment, and blend on low until just fully incorporated and no lumps remain. DO NOT OVERMIX.
  2. Scrape frosting into a large ziplock bag or piping bag fitted with a 1M (aka cupcake swirl) tip. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. Sprinkle with walnut pieces.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving due to the cream cheese in the frosting.
You'll have a bit of frosting left over. You know what to do with it. (Hint: EAT IT!)
Recipe by Crumb Kitchen at https://crumbkitchen.com/spiced-carrot-cake-cupcakes-cream-cheese-frosting/