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How to make Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting & topped with OREO Carrot Cake Cookies are the perfect dessert recipe for all your spring celebrations.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert
Keyword carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, cupcakes, oreo
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Decortating 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/3 cup shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 12 OREO Carrot Cake Cookies

Instructions

For the cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.
  • Combine sugar, brown sugar, eggs, applesauce, vanilla & oil.
  • Whisk in half the dry mixture to the wet sugar mixture.
  • Toss the carrots with the remaining dry mixture & then blend into the batter.
  • Divide mixture among 12 paper-lined muffin cups & bake until set.
  • Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.
  • While waiting for the cupcakes to cool, make the cream cheese frosting.
  • Pipe the frosting onto cooled cupcakes.
  • Decorate with chopped pecans around the edges & top with an OREO Carrot Cake cookie.

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • Whip together butter & cream cheese until light & fluffy.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Very slowly add in the confectioner's sugar, 1 cup at a time until just incorporated.
  • Increase speed & whip well for several minutes at high speed until fully combined & creamy.