Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 22 mins

Easy

Makes 12
This crowd-pleasing recipe turns the ultimate afternoon-tea favourite into delightful cupcakes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Can be frozen un-iced

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal442
  • fat32g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre2g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.7g
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Ingredients

  • 175g light muscovado sugar
  • 100g wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • zest 1 orange

    Orange

    or-ange

    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 2 eggs

    Egg

    egg

    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 150ml sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 200g carrots, grated

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • orange coloured sprinkles, to decorate

For the icing

  • 100g butter, softened

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

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

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.

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Comments (309)

clairec23's picture
5

I made these just as the recipe suggested and they were beautiful and moist - full of flavour. The best thing I've ever baked!

mandyauston7's picture
4

Second recipe tested and this one was really good, just one issue that is the cake mixture and topping was too much for 12 good sized cases.

karenandbarry's picture

can someone please tell me why my cream cheese icing always goes to runny,????
Thanks

fykzzz's picture

AMAZING CAKE RECIPE!!!!! Made these 3 times within a 3 weeks!!! Perfect texture and extremely moist. Added the juice of an orange after reading comments and was a great suggestion that worked really well. I added loads of finely chopped walnuts which gave it a great contrast of texture, ground cinnamon instead of mixed spices and used home made buttercream instead of cream cheese. One of the best recipes ever!!!

denidax's picture
4

Very tasty and easy to make. I used Quark as the soft cheese for the icing mix and it was delicious. On the first bite I was reminded of the flavor of Christmas!!

jenniehornsby's picture

These cupcakes are amazing! I have orders coming in got these because they went down a storm! I may enter this recipe into my next farmers market show competition too! X

maidenfan88's picture
5

I loved this recipe and followed it as shown. It was very easy and my friends enjoyed them so much most of them have asked for the recipe!........which of course, i'll be passing off as my own lol :)

michellesmith9's picture
4

Cakes lovely, I'll give the other suggested additions of orange juice and nuts next time around. As many other have fed back though the icing was terribly runny, reduced the cream cheese and added more icing sugar but it wasn't ideal.

chocolicious's picture

yum! No oranges so missed out the zest but put some orange flavouring in the icing which was a butter icing rather than soft cheese. Didn't have wholemeal self-raising flour so made do with ordinary. Lovely!

balbonka711's picture
5

Delicious!!!

balbonka711's picture
5

Delicious!!!

wolf52's picture
5

Made this for colleagues at work for my birthday as a sandwich cake rather than cupcakes and has gone down a storm!

Didn't use any extra orange juice as I used large eggs and the mixture was lovely and moist, baked in two sandwich tins for 21 mins and then frosted the middle and top. Only thing I will change for next time is adding a bit of lemon juice to the frosting as it was a bit too sweet for me although others liked it.

andrewmilligan's picture
5

What a superb recipe for carrot muffins. I baked a load of them for my colleagues at school and the lot disappeared before I could get my hands on one! A particularly good frosting, just don't think of the calories and if the frosting is a little soft add more icing sugar.

rossan's picture

The lemon cup cake recipe on the web site is missing the ingrediants, only the method is written.
Can you please assist with the error?
Thank you.

lorraine52's picture
5

Best carrot cake ever, I also use extra orange juice and sultanas

annettecallear's picture
5

Really easy to make with excellent results, lovely light moist cake, frosting just right, I have passed recipe on to friends who enjoyed them

gaygaygaygay's picture

I want to try this recipe but I have a flour issue - I don't know if the wholemeal flour in my pantry is self-raising (I've emptied it out of it's bag and put it into a container so don't know what it is!). Does it matter what type it is? Also, can anyone tell me if I can use just regular brown sugar or does it have to be brown muscovado sugar? I may omit the zest of an orange - will that make much difference? I'm also thinking of adding some dried apricots - anyone tried this?

Thanks for any help :)

janette72's picture
5

I love these cakes - they are simply stunning. I use a different cream cheese icing, and put walnuts, a little less oil, and a squeeze of orange in. Divine, I have had so any positive comments x

khubbard1's picture
4

Delicious! Moist even without following the tip about the orange juice. Had trouble with the icing though, it was very runny and not at all like the frosting I was expecting.

jenniehornsby's picture

Absolutely fantastic!! Didn't need the extra hit of orange juice, as used foil cases so kept the cupcakes very moist. Really went down a storm with my work colleagues x

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