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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alisar's picture
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I made the cakes without the icing, and they turned out fantastic - I didn't add the juice and the mixture wasn't at all dry and was very easy to divide exactly as per the original recipe. I wonder if people are using medium eggs instead of large as that could make it a bit dry - the recipe should be made with large eggs and then no juice should be needed.

christinacanning's picture
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A couple of tips on cream cheese frosting: firstly, although the butter should be room temperature make sure the cream cheese is straight from the fridge and is firm: this will help with the finished texture. Secondly, cream cheese can split really easily if beaten too much which can create the runny consistency. Make sure you beat the butter and icing sugar for a good 5 mins on high speed (if using a mixer) to make it nice and fluffy and then add the cream cheese at the end and beat until just incorporated. This should keep it firm enough to pipe. I hope this helps! :) xXx

penny95's picture

if i added walnuts.. how much would be recommended? as the "yummy scrummy carrot cake" people have added about 40g, so would i use the same amount?

hklaustrup's picture
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Very nice, but be careful when making the icing - I followed the recipe and ended up with cream cheese sugar soup. Had to put 400g of additional icing sugar in to thicken it up enough to stay on the cakes.

clairesut57's picture
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Made these today for the first time and they were a great success. Added the juice of the orange as previously suggested. The sponge was light and moist. Halved the quantity of all the ingredients for the topping. Used full fat Philadelphia and softened the butter at room temperature and the consistency was just right.

carmenmaranda's picture
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Made these thismorning !went down a treat...cream cheese icing was fine, and did put a squeeze of orange in as suggested by others . Will top with some zest next time on top , delicious .

adele5050's picture

Has anyone tried freezing them? I need to make lots of cakes this week for an event next weekend but have never frozen cakes before.

slimmer's picture
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I made these last night and they were really lovely - another batch will be following shortly. I did find the batter a little dry so as others had suggested, I added the juice of the orange as well as the rind and I also added 50g of chopped pecans for some crunch.

annaberty's picture
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These are delicious and moist, and the icing is lovely. I sprinkled grated orange zest on the top. Lots of compliments!

bassec's picture
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Love these, I make with gluten free flour and add sultanas or raisins and walnuts and add the orange juice and they are fab. No one can tell they are gluten free.

mindymoo62's picture
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PS..........I have just read that a lot of people seem to be struggling with the Icing. I made mine and put it in the fridge for a couple of hours to chill down. It is much easier to pipe/spread it onto the cupcakes when chilled. Also if you are pushed for fridge space you can put your cupckes in an airtight container somewhere cool and keep the Icing in the fridge and pipe onto the cupcakes just before serving. Hope this helps.....it worked well for me :-))

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 :)

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