Carrot Cake Cupcakes

August 26, 2010 at 2:13 am (Cupcakes)

Yield: 56 mini cupcakes

  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1 1/8 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t baking powder
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 3/4 t cinnamon
  • 3/4 t ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 C finely chopped carrot (about 3 large carrot) – It’s easiest to do this in a food processor. If you use organic carrots and scrub them well, you don’t even have to peel them first.
  • 1 1/2 C (200 g) crushed fresh pineapple, drained (drain excess but don’t strain it – some liquid is fine)
  • 1 C heaping bakers coconut
  • 1 handful of currants
  • 1/8 C coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  1. In a large bowl, combine everything but flour, eggs, oil, and butter.
  2. Add oil and butter and stir vigorously to combine.
  3. Add eggs in one at a time, combining well after each addition.
  4. Add flour in 2 batches, mixing until just combined.
  5. Divide evenly among cupcake liners.
  6. Bake at 350 F for 13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 C powdered sugar
  • 2 t ground cardamom
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  1. Mix cream cheese and butter until creamy and light.
  2. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. You can add more or less to get your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in cardamom and vanilla until fully integrated.
  4. Pipe or slather onto your cupcakes.




I’m not a huge fan of carrot cake and only one or two people in the office actually were.  Those who were really loved the cardamom and the cupcakes.  At first I was a bit worried that the cardamom was a bit overpowering in the frosting (I might ton it down to 1.5 tspn in the future) but others liked it.  The texture was a bit odd – since the pineapple was still a bit stringy in places and the carrot wasn’t mush but very fine chunks.  The pineapple was a bit stronger than it usually is in carrot cake but not in a bad way.

Overall it was a success but did nothing to change my mind, or other people’s minds’ about carrot cake as a cake.


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