CEimB: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Lemony Cream Cheese Frosting

by Joanne on August 6, 2009

Oh NO not again!  Two Carrot Cake posts within 7 days.  What can I say…just can’t get enough carrot cake.  To see the Carrot Cake WHOOPIE PIES, click HERE.  But don’t leave yet because this recipe by Ellie Krieger and a baking bloggers baDSC_0374ke-a-long (that would be my fellow CEimBers) is too good not to check out. 

This week Leanne of Enjoying My Favorite Things chose the recipe. Leanne, standing ovation!  This one deserves an extra round of applause.  We loved these little cuties.

Carrot cake is my favorite kind of cake.  I add pineapple and raisins and think of it as treasure.  Delicious. 

Here is the recipe with Apple Crumbles changes in..what else..ORANGE.  You can detect the courser texture of the wheat flour but it really doesn’t take anything away from this really tasty little cake.

Makes 12 cupcakes. Page 285 of The Food You Crave.

  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar –Ellie uses 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce – Ellie uses 1/2 cup
  • 1/4 cup crushed pineapple – my addition


  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots, par-boil 5 minutes to soften – Ellie simply calls for finely shredded carrots and 1 1/2 cups.
  • 1/2 cup raisins – Ellie uses 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Frosting:   4 oz Neufchatel cheese, softened (or reduced fat cream cheese), 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest.   No messing with the frosting. It looked great to me. 

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F.  Line muffin tins with paper liners.  In medium bowl, sift the flours, baking soda, salt and spices. In a large bowl, whisk oil, sugar, eggs to combine. Add applesauce, crushed pineapple, vanilla, carrots. *Drain those carrots after boiling, allow to cool then pat dry before adding to mix. Add dry ingredients to the wet and just stir to combine. Add raisins.

Pour batter into the cups and bake about 20 – 25 minutes.

To make the frosting, simply beat for 2 minutes the cream cheese, confectioners sugar, and lemon zest. 

Ted couldn’t wait until I iced them:


But when I did ice them…


We both took a bite, looked at each other with bulging eyes and said..

These are GOOD!”   😯



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  • At 2009.08.06 11:09, Lauryn said:

    Your cupcakes look AMAZING!!! I love those little carrots you iced on top!!! WOW!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! I thought these were incredible as well!!

    • At 2009.08.06 11:29, Danielle said:

      Wow those sure do look great! I love the little carrot decorations!

      • At 2009.08.06 12:23, Sara said:

        Love this! Your decorating is amazing. We also really enjoyed these muffins/cupcakes/whatever. Pineapple sounds like a great addition, I am going to remember that for next time I make them.

        • At 2009.08.06 15:34, Kayte said:

          Always fun to see what each participant chooses to add/subtract from a recipe to make it special. Your little changes all sound special, as well as those cute little top decorations. A cupcake deserving of such special treatment, don’t you think?

          • At 2009.08.06 17:57, pamela said:

            Love ’em! Your additions sound tasty and you decorated them so cute!! Great job on this one!

            • At 2009.08.06 19:16, Reeni said:

              These looks so scrumptious! And so cute!

              • At 2009.08.06 20:15, applec said:

                Thanks Everyone! It seems this recipe was popular with all of us. Great Job!

                • At 2009.08.06 20:59, Liz said:

                  They look fantastic – I love the little carrots on top 🙂

                  • At 2009.08.07 13:25, chayacomfycook said:

                    The carrots make such a difference in the look of the cupcake. I am referring to the outer carrots. They are adorable.

                    • At 2009.08.07 15:07, applec said:

                      Thanks everyone. It seems either my computer or Google is having issues so I haven’t been able to see everyones posts. Hopefully I can get to it by Sunday because these were such fun, cute little suckers to make. I’m dying to see how everyone did.

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