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Homemade Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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Get all of the delicious flavors of carrot cake in cupcake form. These carrot cake cupcakes are the perfect dessert for Easter, Thanksgiving and every day in between!

The carrot cupcakes topped with swirls of cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts.

Lightly spiced cake made super moist by an abundance of shredded carrots, these cupcakes the the perfect balance of everything you’d want in a carrot cake.  Whip up a batch for the Easter Bunny and he’s sure to leave you some extra treats.

Carrot cake cupcake topped with a swirl of piped buttercream and some chopped nuts.

Of course, Easter isn’t the only time that carrot cupcakes are good. They are also perfect for Thanksgiving, or just because.

This recipe is from scratch and includes fresh grated carrots for the optimal texture and flavor. Plus this way you can say you are getting some extra veggies in your diet!

About the Recipe

This recipe makes really tasty carrot cake cupcakes. Making them from scratch may sound intimidating, but it really is pretty easy.

You don’t even need a mixer for the recipe. Because it is oil based instead of butter, so it mixes together easily.

Ingredients including flour, sugar, eggs, vanilla, oil, cinnamon, brown sugar, shredded carrots, and chopped walnuts ready to be made into cupcakes.

While you don’t need a mixer, a food processor does make grating the carrots easier. However, you can use a box grater if you prefer.

You want the grated carrots to be pretty fine. So use the smallest holes on the grating disk.

Otherwise, this recipe comes together really easily. You will have them in the oven in no time at all.

And while we love a piece of old-fashioned carrot cake, there is just something about cupcakes that always makes things more fun. Make a batch to see for yourself.

Frosting Ideas for Carrot Cupcakes

There are so many tasty frosting recipes to go on top of your cupcakes. The options really are about endless.

Decorator’s cream cheese frosting is a great choice. It gives you that classic cream cheese tang but it is stiff enough to pipe onto your treats.

Caramel buttercream is another wonderful option. The warm caramel notes go really well with the carrot cake.

That is what I used with I made the carrot pull apart cake and everyone loved the combination.

Tips and Tricks for Making Carrot Cupcakes:

You want your carrots to be finely shredded. You can do that by hand, or use the fine disk on your food processor

The combination of spices in this recipe gives a really nice balanced flavor. You can add more for a big spice flavor or leave some out if you don’t have them.

If cinnamon is all you have, you will still get delicious cupcakes. However adding a little nutmeg or ginger really punches up the flavor.

I like using a large cookie scoop to portion out the batter. It makes getting it from the bowl to the cupcake papers easy. 

You can add chopped nuts if you would like, or leave them out. You could also add raisins if you would like.

Soak them in a little water or orange juice before adding the raisins if you want them to be extra plump.

More Carrot Recipes

If you want a layered cake, try making Maida’s carrot cake. It is a beauty and worthy of special occasions.

Taking wrapper off carrot cupcake showing the texture of the cake and fluffy frosting on top.

If you are looking for another carrot dessert, try making streusel topped carrot pie. It is such an unexpected way to enjoy carrots!

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Carrot cake cupcakes in orange paper liners and topped with piped frosting and chopped walnuts.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Servings: 18 Cupcakes
Author: Carlee
Lightly spiced cake made super moist by an abundance of shredded carrots, these cupcakes the the perfect balance of everything you’d want in a carrot cake.  They are perfect for Thanksgiving, Easter, or just because.
5 from 7 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cups light brown sugar packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups carrots finely shredded
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 °F and place 18 cupcake liners in cupcake tins.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves until they are combined and clump free. Set aside.
    1½ cups all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoons ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the oil, brown sugar, sugar, and eggs until the mixture is thick and well mixed. 
    ½ cups light brown sugar, ¾ cup granulated sugar, 3 large eggs
  • Stir in the vanilla and vegetable oil, mixing well.
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Add the dry ingredients, stirring as little as possible to get it incorporated.
  • Fold in the shredded carrots and nuts if using. Stir until the mixture is uniform.
    2 cups carrots, ½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • Spoon into prepared cupcake tins, filling each liner about ¾ full.
  • Bake for 20-24 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched with a finger.  Cool for 5-10 minutes in the cupcake tins and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. 


Feel free to experiment with the spice mix. Just cinnamon is good, but adding at least one or two of the others adds more layers of flavor.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 166kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.04gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 142mgPotassium: 78mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 2421IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 7th of April 2019

Confession: I've never made carrot cake! I love it, but have just never taken the time to make it. I need to make this.

Toni | Boulder Locavore

Friday 5th of April 2019

This is such an amazing carrot cake!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

Thank you!


Thursday 4th of April 2019

This looks so yummy! I love carrot cake!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

Thank you!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

I can't wait to see the surprise! These look and sound fantastic, I really love carrot cake, but I love the frosting even more! :)


Sunday 7th of April 2019

Me too!


Tuesday 2nd of April 2019

I was lucky enough to see the finished product! I'm excited for the big reveal tomorrow. People are going to love it!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

I think so too! I thought it turned out pretty cute!