Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes – The Baking ChocolaTess

Our adorable, moist and fluffy Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes are so fun and festive!  Cupcakes topped with a super luscious traditional tangy cream cheese frosting or a smooth milk chocolate cream cheese frosting, you choose!  Easy to decorate ideas!

Carrot Cake Cupcakes are a must for Springtime baking!  You’ll also want to give this Carrot Cake Poke Cake a try!

Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes recipe

Enjoy Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Your Family

These Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes combine the best of both worlds: a moist and flavorful traditional carrot cake, but in cupcake form. With a hint of cinnamon and full of freshly grated carrot, these cupcakes are a delicious way to celebrate spring.  The cream cheese frosting makes these irresistible!

Perfect little treat for all the spring things, like Easter brunch, Mother’s Day, Baby showers, Weddings, and the list goes on doesn’t it?  Yasss!

carrot cake cupcake recipe

Why We Love These Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • Everyone loves carrot cake!  A great reason to make and share these individual cupcakes when it comes to celebrating and party fun!
  • You will love the flavor and texture these cupcakes have in each bite you take with the luscious cream cheese frosting on top!  Traditional Cream cheese frosting is a must, but we love the chocolate cream cheese too!
  • You can make these cupcakes homemade or to save time; use a simple shortcut using a carrot cake mix, and the same goes with the frosting.
  • The homemade frosting is so easy to whip up in a few minutes and much better than store-bought cream cheese frostings.  You can definitely tell the difference!
  • Easy to decorate with simple colored frostings to make carrots on top or add eggs, sprinkles, candy bunnies or whatever you want on top!  Make them your way and let the kids help to make it fun family project!
  • Spring, Easter, it doesn’t matter, these cupcakes will always be a favorite!

carrot cake cupcake recipe

Ingredients You Need

This recipe makes 24 cupcakes, halve recipe for 12 cupcakes.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe

  • all-purpose flour – make sure to measure flour correctly
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • eggs
  • granulated sugar
  • brown sugar, packed
  • vegetable oil – canola can also be used
  • Greek yogurt, or sour cream – adds moisture to cupcakes
  • vanilla extract
  • freshly grated carrots 
  • Optionals: raisins, chopped walnuts, coconut

Shortcut Quick & Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe

  • 1 box favorite Carrot Cake Mix, plus instructions how to bake cupcakes on box, with eggs, oil and water. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • cream cheese, room temperature or softened
  • butter, softened
  • powdered sugar, more as needed
  • vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • green/orange food gel color to make the cute carrots on top!
  • Optional decoratives, sweetened shredded coconut, m&m’s, jelly beans

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe, above
  • unsweetened cocoa powder
  • chocolate sprinkles
  • Optional decoratives: Cadbury eggs, gummy bunnies, jelly beans

carrot cake cupcake recipe

 Make the Carrot Cake Batter

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners and set aside.
  • Dry Ingredients: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Wet Ingredients: In a large bowl, using mixer, beat the eggs for 2-3 minutes. Add in sugar, oil, Greek yogurt/sour cream and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Gradually add in dry ingredients and mix together until combined. Fold in carrots.
  • Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for about 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Make the Easter Cream Cheese Frosting

  • To make cream cheese frosting, using mixer, mix together the cream cheese and butter. Slowly mix in the powdered sugar. Add in vanilla and mix until combined.
  • To make chocolate cream cheese frosting, make the cream cheese frosting and then add in unsweetened cocoa powder. Beat until well-incorporated into the frosting & be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so that all ingredients are well-combined.
  • Frost completely cooled cupcakes.

carrot cake cupcake recipe

Decorating Your Cupcakes

Frosting the Cupcakes with the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Just frost butter knife-style, but if you wanna get fancy, transfer it to a plastic bag or similar tool for piping the frosting on top with your favorite tip!
  2. Top with some sweetened shredded coconut on top, if desired.
  3. Take some of your frosting and place in two separate bowls.  Add orange food coloring gel to one and green food coloring gel to the other bowl.
  4. Mix up and place orange frosting into a plastic bag or similar tool for piping and pipe out carrots on top of each of the cupcakes.  I used a ziplock bag and cut out a hole on the end to pipe my carrots out.
  5. Place green frosting into another ziplock bag and make some leaves on the top of the carrots.  Can use a leaf tip if you have one.

How to Pipe a Carrot Decoration

  1. Fit the piping bag with round decorating tip 12 and fill with orange frosting. 
  2. Hold the decorating bag at slightly less than 90 degree angle. Position tip slightly above the surface.
  3. Using heavy pressure, begin squeezing at the top of the carrot. Lift tip slightly, letting the frosting fan out generously.
  4. Gradually relax pressure to taper shape as you pull back. When the carrot is the desired length, relax pressure and pull the tip back without lifting it off the surface to pull the end to a point.  
  5. Place green frosting into another ziplock bag and make some leaves on the top of the carrots.  Can use a leaf tip if you have one.

carrot cake cupcake recipe tutorial

Frosting the Cupcakes with the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Frost butter knife-style, or if you wanna get fancy, transfer it to a plastic bag or similar tool for piping the frosting on top with your favorite tip!
  2. Top with chocolate sprinkles on top, if desired.
  3. Add your favorite Easter candies like a nest of eggs in the middle or whatever looks good!

carrot cake cupcake recipe

Shortcut Recommendation for Easter Cupcakes

If you’re wanting to do a shortcut to make life easier, my recommendation is to make the carrot cake mix cupcakes with homemade frosting(s)!  I’m super picky about my frosting on cupcakes and it can make or break a cupcake quickly .  Many of them taste waxy, lack taste, and no structure when you want to decorate.

carrot cake cupcake recipe

Storing Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • Refrigerator: Because these have cream cheese frosting, you should store them in the fridge and enjoy within a couple of days. These cupcakes will last up to 4 days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. 
  • Freezing: Completely cooled and unfrosted cupcakes can be stored in zip-top freezer bags for up to 3 months.

Can I add Nuts or Raisins?

If you prefer, add both chopped nuts and raisins into the carrot cake batter for more texture!  

Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes

This carrot cake cupcake recipe provides a unique twist on the traditional classic. With just the right balance of spices, sweetness and freshly grated carrots, they make the perfect festive dessert.

So this Easter, surprise your family and friends with a tasty treat that’s as pretty as it is delicious.  Enjoy!

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Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Easter Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Kim Lange

Celebrate Easter with the perfect Carrot Cake Cupcakes recipe- made with a delicious cream cheese or milk chocolate cream cheese frosting.