Carrot Cake Cupcakes

• 01 June 2009
























I made these cupcakes recently after experiencing a serious hankering for carrot cake. I thought a carrot cupcake recipe written by my favorite cookbook author, Ina Garten, would be a sure thing. However, for the first time ever, I didn't totally love one of her recipes. Don't get me wrong, they were good...just not to-die-for (like her coconut cupcakes).

Does anyone know of a killer carrot cake cupcake recipe you'd be willing to share? Pretty please?

For extra points in the presentation department, try garnishing the cupcakes with candied orange peels (you can learn how to make them here) and then placing them inside little, square, kraft brown boxes. I found mine locally at Xpedx, but you can find them online here. The circle labels are from Paper Source and the ribbon from Joanns.


16 comments:

The Dragonfly said...

If you can find a way to get your hands on it, Magnolia Bakery's (NYC)carrot cupcake recipe is truly divine.

Amber said...

I love that you posted this! I was thinking the same thing. I made her coconut cupcakes last week and now have an extra bowl of cream cheese frosting in my fridge and was looking for a good carrot cake recipe. Still looking but I'm on the quest.

aly said...

I like this one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Carrot-Cupcakes-with-Ginger-Cream-Cheese-Icing-101357

The ginger cream cheese frosting is key.

Rachel said...

Glad you found the shots :) looks great.

The VIPs said...

Martha Stewart's carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting- SO moist, SO delicious, and the maple syrup in the frosting? AMAZING. The perfect compliment to the carrot cake.

http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/carrot-cake-mini-cupcakes

liz stanley said...

i have a GREAT carrot cake recipe from america's test kitchen i'll have to give to you ( i couldn't find it online). the secret is lots of orange and lemon zest

Wyatt said...

My favorite all-time carrot cake recipe is found on epicurious.com. It is called Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting. Yum. However, the last time that I made it, the cake deflated in the middle. Go figure.

Rachel A said...

This is my recipe, which I'm really partial to, of course. It is seriously good. I like a fairly dense cake...nothing remotely fluffy like the box versions. If that's what you're looking for, you should try these.

When I turn the cake recipe into cupcakes, I add 1/3 c. more flour and reduce the baking powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons, rather than 2. Also, be sure to not fill them too high, or they'll fall.

I don't remember how many cupcakes it makes...a lot. Well worth it, and you can freeze or give away the extras. Don't skimp on the cream cheese frosting!

http://kitchenaddiction.blogspot.com/2007/08/carrot-cake.html

Marianna said...

I second the vote for the cooks illustrated recipe. (although, I've never make cupcakes with it...)

AzĂșcar said...

My favorite carrot cake recipe is Mrs. Fields. Really.

Whitney Svoboda said...

I love individually packaged cupcakes. There's something especially magical about opening a little box with a tiny piece of delciousness inside. It's like a little secret just for you.

pzw1243 said...

The best carrot cake ever was from the now gone "commissary restaurant" in Philadelphia...i make this recipe into large cupcakes...without the filling...wonderful....and the cake is the absolute best ever...
google it to find lots of mentions...

Rachel said...

goodness gracious. i just stumbled upon your blog for the first time, and i will certainly be a regular. nice to meet you. my mother's carrot cake recipe is my personal favorite. it's the kind of recipe that has been handed down for generations, so it's a classic, decadent and tried-and-true recipe. i'd love to share it with you. just drop me an email: rsearnest@yahoo.com

billy said...

i have made dabout 10 of these cakes, all have fallen in the middle. cooking temp from 300 to 350 degrees, convection and non-conv. 25 min to 40 min. no luck. every level in the oven has been tried. help.

stephmodo said...

Billy, as you can tell by reading my post above, I didn't have the best experience with this recipe either. Hence me asking for reader favorites! Perhaps you might take a peek at the other comments and utilize their suggestions. I just made some last week from the MS Everyday Food cookbook that I thought was pretty good. I omitted the raisins and walnuts.

Picnic under the orange tree said...

These just looks so yummy!

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