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Southern Carrot Cupcakes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes


  • Author: Debbie
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x
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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract (divided)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Small pinch of ground cloves
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh coconut (shaved and toasted for garnish if desired or)
  • Finely Chopped Nuts for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, oil, apple sauce,
  3. sugars and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
  4. Mix in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt,
  5. cinnamon, nutmeg and small pinch of ground cloves.
  6. Stir in carrots.
  7. Fold in pecans.
  8. Pour into muffin tin lined with beautiful paper or foil
  9. liners.
  10. Fill each liner 3/4 full.
  11. Bake in the preheated oven for 18-20min.
  12. Let cupcakes cool completely.
  13. Frosting:
  14. In a medium bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla.
  15. Beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  16. Pile the frosting high on the cooled cupcakes and garnish with the toasted coconut or nuts if desired.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Southern