Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

Carrot & cream cheese cupcakes

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(212 ratings)

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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marmiteetponpon's picture
20th Apr, 2014
check this nice cupcake recipe with bird nest decoration on marmite et ponpon
28th Mar, 2014
OK! These are simply the best carrot cupcakes ever! I have made them so many times and I am never disappointed with the results. The frosting is amazing as well. To make my frosting, I used full fat cream cheese and I beat the icing and sugar first. I turned off my mixer and I added the cream cheese by stirring it in with a normal whisk. I made sure I added the cream cheese while it was still cold (i.e directly from the fridge). The frosting held so well after piping. It was not runny at all. Followed the tips in some of the reviews by swapping the orange zest for juice in the recipe and adding some orange juice to the frosting. Amazing!!! I vote 5 stars!!
12th Mar, 2014
Success every time!!! I thoroughly enjoy baking these little beauties as they are fun to bake and are my favourite type of cake. All the friends and family love when i make these and they taste sooooo good that they are gone before the bake tin is even closed. I suggest swapping the topping for butter icing instead as although the cream cheese tastes great, they need to be kept chilled and if there is too thick a layer, it can be quite heavy. Big hit with the family and i shall be making these for years to come. Many thanks for this recipe :) x
Jacquie Stringfield
8th Mar, 2014
The best and easiest recipe that makes baking so much fun, going to try with apples and other ingredients as don't want to loose that fluffy fresh moist texture.
11th Jan, 2014
Delicious, easy to make and they stayed fresh for longer than I expected.
5th Jan, 2014
Yummy, Just made these. Really easy & scrummy too.
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15th Dec, 2013
Made two batches of these for the first time today. Family were very impressed :) So easy to make, the frosting was lush :-)
24th Nov, 2013
Beautiful and so easy to make. I was surprised how light they were too. I only had low fat cream cheese in the house and as other posters have mentioned, this makes the frosting too runny. I therefore stored the frosting in a small container and just spread it onto a muffin before eating. Delicious!
16th Nov, 2013
These were great, and much quicker to bake than a full carrot cake! I cut back the sugar to about 140g and oil to 100ml, added the juice of the orange, a handful of walnuts and raisins as suggested by others, and 1/2tsp cinnamon and they were perfect! The muffins rose beautifully, and they were light and not oily at all! I made a half portion of icing too and that was enough for about 9 muffins - plenty.
5th Nov, 2013
I've made these cakes a few times now, with a few minor tweaks.They're delicious, but after success with the frosting the first time, every other time since, it's turning to liquid, but I'm using exactly the same ingredients. What am I doing wrong?


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