Moist Carrot Cupcake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Do you like getting hair cut? I actually like it. I like the refreshed and new look it gives. It's a feel good thing. Btw, I'm talking about good hair cuts here, not the ones that has gone horribly wrong! Wait a min, you dont think I'm all about outward looks and appearances, do you? I was talking more about the happy feeling you have about a new look, after all a small change here and there can cheer you up sometimes, right?

Ok, I'll tell you about the connection between hair cuts and this recipe. Like a good hair cut, this cake gives you a refreshed feeling. The plain cupcake is light and fresh just like a haircut without any works. The frosted cupcake is like a haircut along with a blow dry ;) I know describing food with the help of haircuts, doesnt make sense. But whenever I have this cupcake, I kinda have the same feeling, is that weird?

Even if whatever I've just said, didnt make any sense to you, please try baking this. You will not be disappointed, it sure is a treat. The chilled version of frosted cupcake is a good dessert option.

Here is the recipe…

Recipe source: Everyday Cookery, Baking Series

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Carrot Cupcake With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 -10

Ingredients

  • Refer notes for cup measurement
  • 200 gms All purpose flour ( 7 oz)
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 gms Brown sugar (5 oz)
  • 200 ml Vegetable oil ( 7 fl oz, I used sunflower oil)
  • 3 medium Eggs (@ room temp)
  • 225 gms Grated carrots
  • 50 gms Chopped walnuts

For the icing

  • 175 gms Cream cheese (6 oz, I used Philadelphia cream cheese)
  • Finely grated rind of 1 orange (refer notes)
  • 1 tbsp Orange juice (refer notes)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 125 gms Icing sugar ( 4 oz)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175 C, 10 mins before baking. Line the cupcake tin with cupcake liners. (Refer notes if you are baking it as a cake)
  • Sift the flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together into a large bowl. Stir in the brown sugar and mix together.
  • Lightly whisk the oil and eggs together, then gradually stir into the flour and sugar mixture. Stir well. Add the carrots and walnuts. Mix thoroughly, then divide the mixture between the prepared cupcake tin. Bake in the preheated oven for 15- 18 mins or until light and springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow it to cool in the tin for 5 mins before turning out on to a wire rack. Reserve until cold.
  • To make the icing, beat together the cream cheese, orange rind, orange juice and vanilla essence. Sift the icing sugar and stir into cream cheese mixture. Spread the icing on the cupcake, once it's cooled.

Notes

I got around 20 std size cupcake with the above measurement. If you are baking it as a cake, you can use a 6 or 7 inch deep square tin. The baking time might be around 35-45 mins. The baking time varies for each oven and also depending on the size of the cake tin, so adjust the time accordingly. For a fruitier cake, add 1 grated apple and 50 gm/ 20z of raisins along with carrots and walnuts. To plump the raisins, soak for an hour, or overnight, i 300 ml of cold tea. For the icing, you can also use a mix of cream cheese and butter. Take equal qty of cream cheese and butter (both at room temp). Whisk it well, add icing sugar gradually along with a little milk. In the above icing recipe, you can omit the orange rind and juice and use milk instead of orange juice. Approximate cup measurements of the ingredients: Flour – 200 gms ( 1 2/3 cup, leveled) Sugar – 150 gms – 1 cup Oil – 3/4 cup + 1.5 tbsp Grated carrots – 1 3/4 cup Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup You can store the plain cupcakes @ room temp for 3-4 days, in an airtight conatiner. The frosted cupcakes can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It remains moist, even if you have it straight out of the fridge.
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  • Dear Maria, what could be the substitution for cream cheese. Its diffixuum to get it here in kerala. Can cheese spread be used. Any measurements if any?

  • hi maria,
    its been a long time i tried something frm here….reason is my naughty daughter who is 2 year old :).yest i tried out this as cake….it came really welll….dint do the toppings and all…cudnt wait till tht my daughter who doesnt like cakes was happy to eat this one.ya i found the batter a lil thick so i added 2-3 teaspoons of milk :)….it tasted heaven with vanilla ice cream the next day…thank u fr this recipe…by the way i hope u doing good….

    regrads
    sharika

    • Thanks Sharika :) I’m doing good dear. I’m really happy to know that your lil one also enjoyed this cake. My love to her…

      Hope everything is great at your end.

      take care dear..

  • Hi Maria,
    I baked these cupcakes for my daughters preschool potluck the next day. I got 23 of them. By next day morning I had only 16 of them. All four of us in the house could not resist as the cupcakes were irresistable. They were so soft that it just melts in your mouth. Once again thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  • Sorry to hear that the cake didnt come out perfect :((

    Cake usually becomes dense, when the batter is over mixed. I used a manual whisk to combine eggs and oil.

    Hope it comes out perfect next time. All the best n happy baking :)

    Cheers
    Maria

  • Maria ,I love getting haircut I sometimes like shocking my family by going drastically short…ende koche irtreyum nalla mudi endina vetti kalanjeee.. atleast some of u reading this must be familiar with the comment he heee,,I have made carrot cake earlier by substituting half of a.p flour with rava.This one looks really good.

    • Hi Meena,

      Even I do like you sometimes, I cut it really short and I’ve heard the exact same comment too ;)

      I’ve never tried baking with rava, sounds interesting!

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Meena,

      Even I do like you sometimes, I cut it really short and I’ve heard the exact same comment too ;)

      I’ve never tried baking with rava, sounds interesting!

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Maria ,I love getting haircut I sometimes like shocking my family by going drastically short…ende koche irtreyum nalla mudi endina vetti kalanjeee.. atleast some of u reading this must be familiar with the comment he heee,,I have made carrot cake earlier by substituting half of a.p flour with rava.This one looks really good.

  • Maria ,I love getting haircut I sometimes like shocking my family by going drastically short…ende koche irtreyum nalla mudi endina vetti kalanjeee.. atleast some of u reading this must be familiar with the comment he heee,,I have made carrot cake earlier by substituting half of a.p flour with rava.This one looks really good.

    • Rini i used to live in Pune..u will get cream cheese around camp area…check out Dorabjee…its a bit expensive although worth it.

    • Rini i used to live in Pune..u will get cream cheese around camp area…check out Dorabjee…its a bit expensive although worth it.

    • Hi Rini,

      You can use Amul cheese spread, it’s similar to the cream cheese. However, if you want to make it at home, please check out my eggless mango cheese cake recipe. In the notes, I’ve given a link on how to make it at home.

      Cheers
      Maria

    • Hi Rini,

      You can use Amul cheese spread, it’s similar to the cream cheese. However, if you want to make it at home, please check out my eggless mango cheese cake recipe. In the notes, I’ve given a link on how to make it at home.

      Cheers
      Maria

  • Hey Maria… what a coincidence!!! I too have made
    carrot cupcakes 2 days back and is scheduled to post it for DB challenge :)…. Yours looks wonderful!

  • Hey Maria… what a coincidence!!! I too have made
    carrot cupcakes 2 days back and is scheduled to post it for DB challenge :)…. Yours looks wonderful!

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