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Carrot Cake Cupcakes + DIY Bunny Pinata

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Baking up a delicious batch of carrot cake cupcakes is just like flipping over a sign in a bakery window that says “hello spring.” These gorgeous carrot cupcakes  are no ordinary desserts! I collaborated with Ashley from fabulous Peace Love & Eat Cake for this authentic bakery recipe. Ashley creates stunning cakes and desserts for Northern California wedding venues. Also, just in time for Easter, I’m excited to show you how easy it is to create an adorable DIY bunny pinata as a decoration for your spring tablescape. Today we have a lot of ground to cover, so put on your apron and let’s get going!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes made from scratch.

Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe Ingredients

These are the ingredients you’ll need to make this authentic bakery recipe for carrot cake cupcakes: all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, ground cloves, vegetable oil, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, large eggs, pure vanilla extract, and grated carrots.

Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe ingredients in a cupcake tin.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting ingredients: butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and pure vanilla extract.

Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

How to Make Carrot Cake Cupcakes

If you’ve been wondering how to make carrot cake cupcakes, it’s super easy! Here’s how to make a moist batch of carrot cake cupcakes from scratch: Begin by adjusting your oven rack to the center position. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners. Set them aside.

Cream cheese frosting on carrot cupcakes.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

In a small bowl, add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and spices. Mix these ingredients together then set the bowl aside. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the vegetable oil and both sugars until fully incorporated. One at a time, add in the eggs mixing after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract. Mix again.

Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on a cake stand.

Bakery Recipe for Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Add in the grated carrots and mix briefly until combined. Using a cookie scoop, add the batter to the lined cupcake pans filling each cupcake liner 1/2 – 3/4 full. Bake the cupcakes for 22-24 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the middle of two carrot cake cupcakes comes out clean.

Bakery Recipe for Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Best Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe

Allow your carrot cake cupcakes remain in the cupcake pans for about 12 minutes to cool off a bit. Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once your cupcakes have cooled completely, it’s time to frost them with scrumptious homemade cream cheese frosting!

How to Make Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

How do you make cream cheese frosting? Here’s how to make it: Add softened butter and cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer. With the paddle attachment beat these ingredients on high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Half way through the mixing process, stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add the powdered sugar and mix on low speed, gradually increasing the speed to high. Add in vanilla extract and continue mixing until the frosting is deliciously smooth! Dip a clean finger into the bowl to have a little taste. Mmmm…so darn good.

Carrot Cupcakes made from scratch

Best Kitchen Tools for Making Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I absolutely love my two KitchenAid stand mixers. Both of mine are white, so when it comes time to replace them I’ll be going for a beautiful splash of color! What color mixer would you like to use to make yummy carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting? What do you think of these cute cupcake liners and toppers?

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Cream cheese frosting on carrot cupcakes.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


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An authentic bakery recipe for carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. These beautiful cupcakes are tender, moist and absolutely scrumptious. A quick easy recipe for Easter, spring and summer. Get a Pinterest-worthy look with cute cupcake toppers and a lovely cake stand!


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Ingredients

CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES – INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING – INGREDIENTS

  • 2 sticks butter (1 cup), room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES – DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and spices together. Set the bowl aside.
  3. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mix the oil and both sugars until fully incorporated, about 1-2 minutes on medium speed. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing on low for 10 seconds in between each addition. Add in vanilla and mix until incorporated. Add the flour mixture in two parts. Mix until just combined. Add the grated carrots and mix briefly until just combined.
  4. Pour the cupcake batter (about 1/2 to 3/4 full) into your lined cupcake pans.
  5. Bake the carrot cake cupcakes for 22-24 min, pulling them out of the oven when a toothpick inserted into the center of one or more cupcakes comes out clean. Let the cupcakes remain in their pans to cool halfway. Transfer the them to a cooling rack.  Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before frosting!

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING – DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, add the softened butter and cream cheese. Beat on high for 2-3 minutes, scraping the bowl once, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  2. Add half the powdered sugar to mixer. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase speed to high until frosting is smooth. Add rest of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.
  3. Add vanilla and mix on low speed until combined. Increase the speed to high until the frosting is smooth. You’re now ready to frost your carrot cake cupcakes!

Notes

HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAKING CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES

  1. Save time grating carrots by using a food processor with the grater attachment. A cheese grater also gets the job done well!
  2. Use a cookie scoop to portion out the cupcake batter into the cupcake tins.
  3. For bakery-style cupcakes, never fill your cupcake liners more than 3/4 full. This will prevent overflow during baking while also allowing enough space for the cupcakes to rise in the oven ending up almost even with the top of the cupcake wrapper.
  4. To frost your cupcakes, create a DIY pastry bag by using a quart-sized Ziplock. With scissors, snip off a small portion of a bottom corner. Stick your favorite pastry tip through the opening. Fill with cream cheese frosting and you’re ready to put the finishing touches on your glorious carrot cake cupcakes!
  5. For these carrot cake cupcakes, an Ateco 847 closed-star pastry tip was used.
  • Category: Dessert, Party
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: carrot cake cupcakes, cream cheese frosting, carrot cake recipe

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Another Easter Recipe You’ll Love!

If you enjoyed this bakery-style recipe for carrot cake cupcakes, you’ll absolutely love these delicious CARROT CAKE SCONES!

Carrot Cake Scones with yummy cream cheese frosting.

You’ll also want to try this scrumptious homemade recipe for CINNABON CINNAMON ROLLS!

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DIY Bunny Pinata for Easter tablescape with carrot cake cupcakes.

DIY BUNNY PINATA FOR CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES RECIPE

Every festive holiday tablescape deserves a gorgeous eye-catching centerpiece. And when that stunning centerpiece can be made cheaply and easily, I give three cheers for that! This Easter tablescape with carrot cake cupcakes is elevated with this DIY bunny pinata.

DIY Bunny Pinata for Easter Tablescape

Materials for DIY Bunny Pinata

These are the simple materials you’ll need to create this super cute DIY bunny pinata: poster board or thick cardboard, white and pink crepe paper streamers, clear packing table, invisible tape, scissors, glue stick, pen or pencil, ruler, black construction paper, gold paper, eye lash print.

DIY Bunny Pinata with carrot cake cupcakes

How to Make a DIY Bunny Pinata

STEP 1: Draw a bunny shape onto white poster board. Cut it out. Trace and cut a second bunny shape. Using a ruler, cut 3-inch wide long strips for your piñata sides. Tape the top, bottom and sides of the DIY piñata together.

STEP 2: Fold, layer and cut your streamer along the bottom to create a fringe edge. Continue the process of cutting and taping fringe streamer onto your piñata until it’s fully covered.

STEP 3: For the bunny nose, cut a small heart out of pink streamer paper and glue it onto your bunny pinta. Cut out pink ears and glue them on. Cut and glue on gold whiskers. Cut out eye lashes and glue them onto your piñata. Cut and glue black paper for the mouth. Place your DIY bunny pinata next to or behind a lovely cupcake stand filled with delicious carrot cake cupcakes!

If you loved this DIY bunny pinata, you’re going to love my friend Melissa’s DIY HEART CAKE FRINGE PINATA featured on her blog Best Friends for Frosting! It’s the perfect addition to a spring tablescape featuring these tender, moist carrot cake cupcakes!

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Carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting with Meri Meri cupcake toppers.

CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES > JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Do you have a special Easter dessert recipe that you turn to time and again? What do you think about this authentic bakery recipe for carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting? Who would you love to share them with? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

55 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Cupcakes + DIY Bunny Pinata”

  1. I absolutely LOVE carrot cake. Have you ever tried adding a pinch of cinnamon to the frosting? It’s helps bring out some of the savory flavor of the cupcake. I love house you’ve brought in “spring” by adding in all the other Easter decor!

  2. Well, these are just adorable! I love how bright and light your photographs are, too. And that blue cake stand. I am obsessed! I wish I could come over and have one of those cupcakes. Yum!

  3. I’m still trying to find the perfect Carrot Cake recipe, so I really hope this is the one. Thanks for sharing!

  4. carrot cup cakes! what a good time to be alive. such a yummy recipe, i love carrot cake. i am yet to actually make a cake for myself

  5. I love this recipe – the cakes sound delicious!! And the best thing, the step-by-step for making them seems so simple! I definitely think I could make these, even though I’m a rubbish bake haha! x

  6. Carrot cake is actually my mother’s favorite! I bet she would love if I made these for our Easter dinner

  7. My dad’s favorite cake is carrot cake. He loves it better than ice cream, lol. So, I always bake a cake or cupcakes for Easter for him. And I don’t care how old he is, he absolutely loves these cupcakes and would make a big deal over them. If only my frosting could turn out that pretty.

  8. What fun and playful cupcakes! If you are a spicy carrot cake lover like me, using fresh whole cloves and grinding them right before use adds some extra holiday spice with each bite.

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