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 brown 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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mindymoo62's picture
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Yum Yum Yum!! I made 2 batches of these cupcakes with my step daughters at Easter. They are so easy to make, and taste delicious, really moist. The second batch was made with 50g less carrot and 50g of chopped pecan nuts. They both came out perfect, excellent for a treat with mini eggs added on top for Easter. One point, the cream cheese icing recipe is way too much for 12 cupcakes. We had enough to swirl over 26 cupcakes and we did not skimp!! Will definately make again. I had so many I gave some to family and neighbours and they loved them.

Fun to make and fab to eat........yum!

newtoonquine's picture
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I used all s/r white flour and put in the juice of 1/2 orange instead of zest as my orange was not unwaxed. I totally forgot the vanilla extract.

I made 12 - they were gone within an hour! Everybody raved about them and I will be making them again this weekend as they make me appear to be an excellent baker! :-)

needy4cache's picture

Beautiful carrot cake, will attempt this recipe as a large cake before long. The icing was way too runny but that could have been due to my using low-fat alternatives to appease my conscience! Next time I'll just do an orange buttercream or vastly reduce the cheese and butter quantities. Saying that, my cakes attracted rave reviews from a younger friend :-)

rheahardy's picture
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Added some zest of orange to the cream cheese ond orange juice to the muffin mix- delicious.

clairepicknell's picture
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I just made the recipe it was delicious! I added a handful of raisins and pecan nuts nummy!! I didn't use the icing as I didn't want it to be too sweet. Loved them so did the hubby :-)

kyber1993's picture

Loved these, added in the orange juice as per other suggestions.

parkercip's picture
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Easy recipe, taste amazing, loads of compliements. Only used half frosting which is adequate and cuts down on the calories! Have made a couple of times with perfect results, second time didn't have muscovado sugar so just used light brown sugar instead.

hazel1970's picture

love this recipe, been doing it for years, I dont bother with the creamy topping, as I find it too sweet, just call the cakes "carrot muffins", nobody complains, or drizzle with a bit of icing, I get more cakes as I make them a bit smaller

HM

melissapinklady's picture

Kabl08 if your icing is sloppy, just add a little more icing sugar, works a treat :) ive made these s many times n ow and everyone loves them :)

grindlay54's picture
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Made these again as they were so successful last time - added the extra orange juice again and the cakes were just as light & delicious as before - foolproof recipe for me! BUT the icing did not come out right again, I used full-fat philly this time, thinking that the low fat version may have caused it to be sloppy last time, but it still didn't work! Any tips?

blue_bubble's picture
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I love this recipe so much!

I followed the tip of adding the juice of the orange but the cupcakes came out far too moist. Just adding the smallest squeeze to the mixture is more than enough..

Lovely :)

soed6668's picture

I also had difficulties with the icing - turned out sloppy and just didn't taste quite right. Not sure what I did wrong.

hectorhen1's picture
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I added walnuts to the recipe. The texture was fab. So easy.

hectorhen1's picture
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My first attempt at cupcakes and I am delighted. The cupcakes are absolutely delicious and so easy. Think they will be a firm favourite in our house.

shutton64's picture

i have made these cakes numerous times and they always turn to fantastic, however the icing is always hit and miss. I made them over the weekend and the icing was too runny to pipe. After looking through the comments for help it seems that lots of you have a problem but nobody has offered a solution, so heres mine. I made the icing as normal and tried to add a little additional icing sugar to stiffen it, this didn't work. i whisk 150ml of double cream until i could turn the bowl inside down and it wouldn't fall out, then i whisked in the icing. it made it a lovely consistency almost mousse like and tasted great as well, so i hope this helps someone.

eemoore's picture
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So easy to make, and they taste GREAT!

louwilko's picture
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lovely recipe so quick and easy! I made some as Cupcakes for a friend and used my own cream cheese frosting recipe (450g icing sugar, 75g butter, 150g cream cheese) which is nice and thick as I pipe my icing. I then made the same quantity as a traybake and added raisins and nuts and sprinkled some seeds on before putting into the oven. worked well and no need for icing. yum. have also made with a mix of courgette and carrot before.

grindlay54's picture
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I have just made these and boy are they yummy! I did as others advised and added orange juice to the mix and they came out so light and moist, I am really pleased with them. I found the icing mix quite runny and could not get it to stiffen up enough, even though I added extra icing sugar. I used Philadelphia so should have been ok. Even with runny icing, they tasted fab and my friends agreed.

sallyandwill's picture
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Very tasty and light, cream cheese frosting was a bit rich for my family - maybe add lemon or orange instead of vanilla to help cut through the cheese?

janette72's picture
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Amazing recipe - everyone who tries these muffins raves about them. I reduce 50g of carrot and grate an apple into the mixture, and put less oil in as I feel it is a little too much. I also prefer my cream cheese with no vanilla. My favourite carrot cake recipe ever!x

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