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How to Make a Carrot Pull-apart Cupcake Cake

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Make a fun and easy carrot shaped pull-apart cupcake cake at home. It’s perfect for Easter, Peter Cottontail themed baby showers, garden parties and more!

Carrot cupcake pull apart cake with orange carrot body and greens on top, ready to be served.

Promise me you’ll make this carrot shaped cupcake cake soon. It is so fun to make and easy do. You’ll be so proud to serve it. Plus everyone will have fun picking out their cupcake, no serving utensils needed!

It’s finally here, after a couple of days of buildup I am finally sharing what I did with the carrot cake cupcakes and caramel buttercream.  Besides eat the of course, but that goes without saying! 

My first cupcake cake experience was last year about this time. I made a lamb cupcake cake in honor of Mimi’s little lamb.   It would be another fun Easter option!

After making that one, I was hooked. What a fun way to decorate and serve dessert.

So when Little Dude wanted a Grinch cake for his birthday, I went back to the cupcake cake idea. It was the only way I could envision it with my limited decorating and artistic abilities.

When Pops requested a carrot cake recently, I immediately had visions of this cupcake cake dancing in my head. I am so glad I followed that whim!

Instructions for Assembling a Carrot Cupcake Cake

If possible, you’ll want to bake 8 cupcakes in green cupcake liners and 12 in orange cupcake liners. If not, it’s not a huge deal, but it adds to the fun!

carrot cupcakes arranged in the shape of a carrot, ready to be frosted.

Start by arranging your twenty cupcakes in the shape of a carrot. Start with one for the tip of the carrot, then widen out to a row of two cupcakes. 

Next make three rows of three cupcakes. Followed by two to start the fronds.

Arrange six more in three columns of two with space between them for the greens. Cupcake cakes take a lot of frosting (yippee!) It takes extra to help fill the gaps. 

So, make two batches of caramel buttercream.  Dye about 2/3 of the frosting orange and the other 1/3 green. I like using gel food coloring to make that easy. 

Scoops of orange frosting on the bottom part of the carrot shape, ready to be spread out.

Using a large cookie scoop, place a scoop of frosting on each of the lower “carrot” cupcakes. Then spread it out over the cupcakes. 

orange frosting smoothed over carrot part of cupcake cake.

It doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, you just want to make sure the gaps are filled and you have the general shape going. 

Ridges formed into orange frosting on carrot cupcake cake.

Using a small offset spatula, or knife make small indentations across the frosting for the lines on the carrot. Just use light pressure and drag the tip of the spatula across the frosting.

scoops of green frosting on the top of carrot cupcake cake, ready to be spread out.

Now scoop green frosting onto the “frond” cupcakes. Make sure to get a little extra in the gap between the carrot and those first two green cupcakes. 

Carrot cupcake cake with smoother greens, textured with spatula.

Again, using an offset spatula, smooth the frosting.  Then, you can drag lines upwards, starting at the top of the carrot towards the top of the greens.   

Or, if desired, you can use a grass tip to pipe on some green fronds!

 Now enjoy the fruits of your labor!

hand holding orange frosted cupcake taken off the end of a pull-apart cake shaped like a carrot.
Make a fun and easy carrot shaped pull-apart cupcake cake at home. It’s perfect for Easter, Peter Cottontail themed baby showers, garden parties and more!

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Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

I ❤️ Your cupcake cakes! I feel like they would be a hit at all the parties!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

I think so too. They are so much fun to make too!

Andrea Nine

Wednesday 3rd of April 2019

Carlee, these are perfection! Such a perfectly and yummy cute display for Easter. I bet little dudes eyes got big when he saw the finished product!


Sunday 7th of April 2019

He loves it when I make cupcake cakes and this was no exception!