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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These carrot cake cupcakes with pineapple and pecans are perfect for your Easter dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cupcake recipes, holiday recipes, party recipes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 24 cupcakes
Calories 342kcal

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups peeled and grated carrots
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 pecan halves

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin wells with paper liners. 
  • Add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to a small bowl and stir to combine.
  • Add the oil, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla to a mixing bowl and beat well to combine. 
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. 
  • Add the grated carrots and pineapple to the mixing bowl and stir to incorporate. 
  • Spoon batter into paper liners 2/3 of the way full. 
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  • Cool 30 minutes.
  • To prepare the frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until well combined.
  • Pipe, spread, or scoop the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes and top with a pecan. 

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Notes

Use a large cookie scoop to place the cupcake batter into the muffin wells. It's the perfect amount every time.
Use a medium or small cookie scoop to scoop frosting onto cupcakes, depending on how much frosting you prefer. 
Store cupcakes in the refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 245mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 2845IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.9mg