Beth’s Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe

Beth’s Carrot Cake Cupcake Recipe

Makes 12

3 eggs
1 cup (200 g) sugar
¾ cup (180ml) melted butter
½ cup (120 ml) water
1 ¾ cup (210 g) flour
2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder
½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
1 ½ tsp (7.5 ml) cinnamon
½ tsp (2.5ml) nutmeg
1 cup (150 g) grated carrots
½ cup (75 g) raisins

18 ounces (504 g) softened cream cheese
1 cup (240 g) softened unsalted butter
1 cup (100 g) powdered sugar
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract

8 ounces (224 g) fondant
2-3 drops orange food coloring
1-2 drops green food coloring
1 tbsp (7 g) of powdered sugar for work surface

Preheat oven to 350F/176C.

In a large bowl combine the eggs and sugar. Whisk together until combined. Then add the melted butter and water and whisk until combined, and set aside.

In a smaller bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, in thirds, stirring gently until combined.

Add the carrots and raisins stir until combined.

Fill a muffin tin that has been lightly greased with baking spray, ¾ of the way full with the batter.

Bake cupcakes for 20 mins or until slightly puffed and set.

Meanwhile prepare the fondant carrots. Pinch off 6 oz of fondant. Roll it out to a flat disc. Add 2-3 drops of orange food coloring in the center. Fold the disc in half. Pop into a zip lock bag and begin to knead the fondant until the color starts to distribute, when you see it incorporated and starting to work through, remove the disc and place on a powdered sugared surface (to avoid sticking). Once all the color is incorporated. Pinch off a small mound (about the size of a large gum ball or jaw breaker). Roll it into a ball. Then turn the ball into a 3-d triangle, then between your hands roll it out shaping it length-wise until it start to resemble a carrot.

Place carrot on your board and gently with a dull knife make horizontal impressions into the sides of the carrot to give it dimension. Set aside.

For the green tops, repeat the fondant coloring process with 1-2 drops of green food coloring. Pinch off a small ball the size of a pea. Roll flay and with a knife form 2 leaves. Set aside.

Repeat this process until you have 12 carrots and 12 leaves. This can all be done the day before and left to set at room temperature. The fondant will harden and make the carrots and tops less fragile.

Place cream cheese and butter in an electric mixer, beat until combined and whipped. Slowly add the sugar in thirds, beating until combined, then add the vanilla.

Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with your favorite tip. I like Wilton’s 2D tip for these.

Once cupcakes are completely cooled, pipe a decorative mound of frosting on top, starting at one end and piping in a counter clockwise motion. Place the carrot on top, and leaves nestled close to the carrot top. The frosting will keep them secure.

NOTE: If not serving right away, you can refrigerated the frosted cupcakes and just take them out and allow to sit at room temp for 30 mins to allow frosting tops to come to room temperature. Then store the carrots and stems at room temp and place on cupcakes just before serving.

View Comments (15)


  1. heartbeat

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    sugar is not a healthy food. l use organic honey Or sultanas that have been
    soaked in Sweet sherry.

  2. Merly Lacanlali

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    I am planning to do this but I have a question ,can I not add nutmeg

  3. FeiFei Yeoh

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hi Beth, the flour is 2cups or 1 3/4 cup? As I heard u said it is 2 cups in
    the video and the description box is stated 1 3/4 cups. Thank you !

  4. ThatsJustMe SO

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hai Bet!
    I love that recipe and i am going to try is out right now!
    My mum loves it and she says it does not tastes a lot like carrots, is it

  5. TheSoylucia

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    hi beth, 1 ¾ cup its like 300 gr, not 210!

  6. Isus si Noi

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Thanks to you Beth! ☺

  7. Isus si Noi

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    This is my first time making carrot cake, mini carrot cakes it is delicious
    and is so easy to make! WOW

  8. pil4r

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    This recipe is awesome! I’m going to make it for sure ^^
    It is okay if I add some crushed nuts?
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe, looks delicious (a carrot cake lover

  9. jillhbaudhaan

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Where did you get the cake stand?

  10. jillhbaudhaan

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Who doesn’t like raisins, they’re raisins.

  11. Fanny Mong

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hi Beth, subscriber from Singapore! (: we tried baking it with your recipe
    but it turn out pretty dense inside. The cupcakes were not light and airy
    as it should be. Did we over mix it by chance or is it a spell cast over my
    oven? As my cupcakes never turn out to be the way it should be. Please
    help! Thank you! Love your videos!

  12. Shahina Abbasi

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    eth can i use roasted carrot sweet with lesser sugar ?

  13. Shahina Abbasi

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    theres a very grat sweet recipe for carrots in India if i use the roasted
    carrot sweet instead of the raw carrot i guess there would not be more
    water content to it and would taste better

  14. Genevieve Winston

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    The little carrots are so cute :)

  15. Tomica Bacchus

    January 29, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Hi can I blend the carrots ?

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