Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 22 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 12

This crowd-pleasing recipe turns the ultimate afternoon-tea favourite into delightful cupcakes

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen un-iced
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
442
protein
4g
carbs
38g
fat
32g
saturates
14g
fibre
2g
sugar
26g
salt
0.7g

Ingredients

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • zest 1 orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 150ml sunflower oil
  • 200g carrots, grated
  • orange coloured sprinkles, to decorate

For the icing

  • 100g butter, softened
  • 300g soft cheese
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cases. In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar, flours, bicarbonate of soda, mixed spice and orange zest. Whisk together the eggs and oil, then stir into the dry ingredients with the grated carrot. Divide the mixture between cases and bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before icing.
  2. For the icing, beat the butter until really soft, then beat in the soft cheese, icing sugar and vanilla. Use a palette or cutlery knife to swirl the icing on top of the cakes, then sprinkle with decorations.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, May 2010

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jokiernander's picture
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Gorgeous, moist and so much flavour. The mixture was perfect and not dry in the least. Will be making again at the weekend.

sylviawallace's picture

I too have problems with the frosting. It was far to sloppy and I added nearly a whole packet of icing sugar and then it was too sweet. Anybody got any foolproof recipes for the frosting

bandjoc's picture
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I have just made these cakes today for our Village Hall Coffee morning where we have a cake stall and sell cakes. The cakes turned out brilliantly, but was very disappointed with the frosting which turned out too runny and sloppy. I thought the recipe didn't have enough icing sugar so added nearly twice as much as stated, but it was still sloppy. I quickly had to scrape it all off and fortunately found another frosting recipe on another web site which turned out brilliantly.

becster1975's picture
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Just made these for my daughters 2nd birthday party. Cakes are lovely and very moist (used the tip of adding some of the juice of the orange). Only thing I would change is to add some sultanas and walnuts.
Bit disappointed by the frosting - most other recipes seem to have loads more icing sugar and I think maybe this recipe needs a little more.

helenprout's picture

Another successful recipe, followed advice from previous reviewers and added orange juice to cake mix, and might add a bit to the icing next time. Wonderfully tasty and kept moist for a few days in the fridge. Definintely one to make again - the amount of icing the ingredients will make will easily do 2 batches of cakes.

jackiemorten's picture
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I made these cakes as was suggested, and they turned out brilliantly. I loved making them and my friend, who is also my tester, loved them. I think that when I make them again I may add some kind of nuts,just to give a bit of a crunch.

alipali_a's picture
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Perfect ! ! I added the orange juice and few chopped nuts and they are perfect. My husband doesn't like the cream cheese so he is adding chocolate sauce.

caledoniangirl's picture
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really moist and light. VERY popular had to hide them from hubby or no one else would get to try them! So easy to make.

carolecream's picture
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I made these, but ran out of carrot so used half apples, did not have enough all spice so added cinnanon. They were easy to make, very moist. I made double amount as was for a large family afternoon tea, but made too much topping.

My family loved them and many had two! They kept well in an air tight container, (without topping on) for a couple of days...may last longer, but not in our house. Happy cooking.

muangboran's picture

The cakes are very tasty but I find the cream cheese topping recipe unpredictable. The first time I made the topping it came out sloppy and runny. The second time perfect as I changed to a better brand of soft cheese. Now I have made the recipe again and the topping is sloppy all over again!

chubbychops's picture

Made these as per recipe and they were fabulous. Topping especially was fantastic. Light, not tooooo sweet. Work collegues and son loved them. Very quick and easy. Going to compare to other recipe with pinepapple. Hightly recommend.

kerdia's picture

I really liked this recipe although I found the mix to be very dry so I added a little water, and it was fine, once they were in the oven I realised I hadnt added the oil! Anyways they turned out great, everyone liked them but I wasnt too keen on the icing might try again with just a plain icing but everyone else like them! I also added the juice from the orange.

honeybee36's picture
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Thought i ought to comment as i have now made these three times in the last month. I also used a little squeezed orange juice in mixture... the icing stretched to almost another batch and i did pile it on.
Very straightforward recipe...yum .... also best kept (once iced) in the fridge.

aeward's picture
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Made this for a BBQ recently and they were a massive hit! Everyone loved the recipe and will be making again!

ponygirl's picture
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Delicious - thanks for the oj tip - moist still after 3 days and just as tasty!!!

badactress66's picture
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Just made this bit forgot the orange zest, oops!! Either way they are light and delicious. Will definitely make again.

rchappell's picture

I have just made these and they are delicious, didnt read the comment about adding the orange juice until it was too late but they still turned out ok! love the cream cheese icing!

bellapenny83's picture
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Made these as a gift and they went down very well. Lovely and moist and the cream cheese topping was naughty but nice!!! Sooo easy to make but everyone commented on how professional they looked and tasted!

merylmontague's picture

lovely recipe and easy to make, very popular , not too sweet, 5* recipe

beckysivier's picture
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Very easy and very tasty, definately worth trying

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