Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Just in time for Easter, another spring dessert to add to your collection!

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This is my Nana’s carrot cake recipe & my mom makes it for her every year on her birthday. I don’t care much for carrot cake, but many people around me do. So I made it for all of them!

Let’s get down to business.

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First put on a cute apron! Then preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

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Then gather your ingredients:

1 t. vanilla

2 c. sugar

1 c. oil

4 eggs

3 c. grated carrots

1c. chopped pecans

2 c. flour

2 t. baking soda

1 t. salt

2 t. cinnamon

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Grate up 3 cups of carrots. I used an old school salad shooter!

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Cream together sugar & oil.

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Add in the eggs & mix until incorporated.

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It’s okay if you drop one of the eggs on the floor. Just make sure you have back up!

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Add all the dry ingredients + vanilla.

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Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed till it resembles cake batter.

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Chop up a cup of pecans.

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Lastly, fold the grated carrots & chopped pecans into the mix.

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Line your muffin pan with cupcake holders.

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Grab your lovely batter.

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Fill the cups up 2/3 of the way full & bake at 325 degrees for 32 minutes.

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Let those cool & whip up this delicious icing.

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You’ll need just a few ingredients-

1-8 oz. pkg. cream cheese (softened)

1/2 c. butter (softened)

3 c. powdered sugar

1 t. vanilla

1 c. chopped pecans

2 T. milk

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Chop up some more of those pecans.

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Put everything into a mixing bowl, minus the pecans.

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Then mix away until you’ve reached an icing like texture.

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Fold in the pecans.

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Cover with plastic wrap & refrigerate until you are ready to use it.

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When the cupcakes are completely cooled, ice them!

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We’re going to use these super awesome carrot cake M&M’s to add some pizzazz to the tops.

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If you have leftover icing, it’s okay! It tastes glorious on bagels.

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If that’s not enough pizzazz for ya, add a foil wrapped chocolate bunny!

Great dessert for Easter! Hope you’ll enjoy some of the cupcakes too!

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4 thoughts on “Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  1. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck! I am printing this now. I have been CRAVING Carrot Cake and have never tried from scratch before. Eek! SO excited. Thanks for being a great WP contributor!
    Hugs, T

    • This is literally the only cake I make from scratch. Any other time has turned out awful! So trust me when I say it’s an easy one! Good luck & thanks for the party.

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