Carrot Cake Cupcakes

I always buy carrots and think I'm going to eat them... and then I never do... and they go bad... but this last time before I let that happen I decided to do something with them... no I didn't just eat them... I made dessert out of them. I mean you might as well use them in something you'll enjoy right ;)

Carrot cake can be seriously dry, BLEH, no thank you. These are super duper moist, and not an ounce of butter. Please believe me, these things taste so moist and decadent, you'd never know they are made with no oil or butter. Add a little cream cheese frosting on top, and you are good to go!

I pretty much pulled this recipe out of thin air, and was very excited they came out well. I mean that is the worst when you try something random and it's a big *whomp whomp* Next time you need a quick dessert to bring along somewhere just print this out and you wont be sorry :)

Oh and the pumpkin puree... you don't taste it at all... it just adds an amazing moistness and tenderness to the cake!


steph chows carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
for cupcakes you will need:
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup splenda granulated (or 1/2 cup white sugar)
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups carrots (gratted)
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2-3 Tbs skim milk


In a large bowl beat together:
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup splenda granulated (or 1/2 cup white sugar)
2 eggs

Then fold in:
1 1/2 cups carrots (grated)
1 tsp vanilla

In a small bowl whisk together:
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Gentry stir dry into wet. Add in 2-3 Tbs fat free milk as you stir. Fill 12 cupcake lined pans. Bake for 20 minutes at 350.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat together the following:
4 oz room temp cream cheese 1/3 less fat variety
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Spread on top of cooled cupcakes and refrigerate if not eating right away.

These stay moist for days... so no worries about storing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator overnight or for a few days.



AND don't forget to sign up for the jam exchange if you haven't already :)

30 chews:

these sound amazing! Not to mention they look adorable! and 97% vit. A!? wow

Justin said...

carrot cupcakes with pumpkin puree? that's an interesting combo.

Sunshine said...

Oh man, oh man, oh man! I want these so bad! You are fantastic!

momgateway said...

love the pumpkin puree idea in carrot cake, great way to add moisture and fiber...thanks!

Natalie said...

Looks fantastic! Especially for a 'pulled it out of nowhere' recipe! I need to start baking some of your healthy goodies, mine have all been bad lately! (Well, bad as in sugary, fattening and delicious!)

And I love how you are writing your recipes now. So easy to read.

Maria said...

I love healthy treats! Great recipe!

Sunshinemeg said...

I wish I had that right now! Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing.

Anne said...

Those cupcakes look amazing, and they have great stats too! The frosting looks delicious--cream cheese frosting is one of my favorite things :) I also love that you used pumpkin in these!

Pumpkin puree is smart. Very smart.

Lo said...

Oh, how I love a good carrot cake. And a smear of cream cheese frosting.

Just about the best thing ever.
Hard to believe there are veg scraps in there :)

Mags said...

Yep, I'll be trying these next for sure. I'll call them muffins to make them sound even healthier...lol

it's so amazing to me that you can just bake stuff, pulling recipes out of the air. I mean... cooking... yea... throw it on chicken and it's fine :) but baking?! I'm so jealous! Oh, and I have the same carrot problem haha, I'll have to try this!!

Caddie said...

These sound great, like all of your recipes! How do you think they'd turn out if I used all whole wheat pasty flour?

Caddie

Karine said...

I love carrot cake and cream cheese frosting! Your cupcakes look delish!

Sophie said...

I love carrot cake but my husband loves it even more,... Thanks for this lovely recipe!

stephchows said...

Thanks everyone!

Mags- too funny but it's not a muffin since it has frosting! Isn't that the distinguishing factor?? anyone? lol

Caddie- good question, I'm sure it would work fine, you may just need to add a little more since the pastry flour has a finer texture. See how the batter looks and add a little more if it seems really wet.

foodnfit said...

Those look fantastic! :)

Hannah said...

Pumpkin and carrot together? Yum, yes please! Sounds like it would be a pretty good muffin sans frosting, too.

Jenny said...

Steph these look so good! and healthy! perfect for breakfast on the run :) I love the use of pumpkin in them!

Pam said...

I am loving these cupcakes - they look wonderful!

I've been keeping this recipe for months. Still not yet trying it out. Yeah, it's in my list but juz not it's turn yet. Too many recipe I wanted to try out, he he! Greedy me!

Steph said...

I buy carrots thinking I'm going to eat them too, but we always end up making a huge pot of vegetable soup with them. I love baking with pumpkin because it adds a really nice texture to the cake. Now I'm craving pumpkin bread... so good!

Alyssa said...

Can you use all regular flower and no whole wheat? I have no whole wheat flower :(

stephchows said...

I'm loving all the positive feedback on these!

Alyssa- you can absolutely use all purpose flour instead of the whole wheat. I just use whole wheat to up the health benefits. Hope you like them!

Sarah said...

Are these missing baking powder or something? Mine turned out pretty dense and flat.

stephchows said...

Sarah- I am so sorry! I don't know how I didn't type in the baking powder!! You are exactly right! I just updated the recipe, I am so sorry about that!

stephchows said...

Sarah- I am so sorry! I don't know how I didn't type in the baking powder!! You are exactly right! I just updated the recipe, I am so sorry about that!

Alyssa said...

Can you use all regular flower and no whole wheat? I have no whole wheat flower :(

I've been keeping this recipe for months. Still not yet trying it out. Yeah, it's in my list but juz not it's turn yet. Too many recipe I wanted to try out, he he! Greedy me!

Jenny said...

Steph these look so good! and healthy! perfect for breakfast on the run :) I love the use of pumpkin in them!

Want more chow like what you just read? You can click to subscribe to the feed, follow me on twitter, or become a fan on facebook! Can't wait to see you there!
Copyright © 2012 :: steph chows ::.