Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 22 mins


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



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

  • 2 eggs



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

  • 150ml sunflower oil
    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



    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 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


  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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23rd Oct, 2012
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.
14th Oct, 2012
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.
10th Oct, 2012
Best carrot cake ever, I also use extra orange juice and sultanas
4th Oct, 2012
Really easy to make with excellent results, lovely light moist cake, frosting just right, I have passed recipe on to friends who enjoyed them
2nd Oct, 2012
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 :)
29th Sep, 2012
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
20th Sep, 2012
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.
20th Sep, 2012
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
16th Sep, 2012
Absolutely amazing! Cannot fault. They are so moist and tasty and then the cream cheese topping just tastes brilliant! I make them all the time when I have friends and family over and sometimes top them with a little marzipan carrot which looks great instead of the orange sprinkles. Would definatley recommend to anyone and everyone!
11th Sep, 2012
Made 2 batches so far, the feedback was "Human beings could not have not made these cakes". Friends have asked for recipe. Best recipe I have used, easy to do and guaranteed good results. Why on earth packet cake mixes are successful, beats me!


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