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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These tender Carrot Cake Cupcakes have the most glorious surprise inside; cream cheese frosting! Perfect for any springtime or Easter celebration!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Carrot Cake, Carrot Cake Cupcake, Cupcakes
Prep Time 18 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 33 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 51 minutes
Servings 12 Muffins
Calories 318 kcal
Author Amanda Rettke

Ingredients

For the Cream Cheese Frosting Center:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar

For the Cupcake Batter

  • 2 cups (256g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (135g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup (240g) buttermilk
  • 6 tbsp. 85g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely shredded (1 1/2 cups)

Instructions

Cream Cheese Center

  1. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat together the cream cheese and powdered sugar.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a thin log on to plastic wrap. Make the log be about 12-inches in length.Cover fully with plastic wrap and roll a few times to get rid of air bubbles.
  3. Place in freezer for at least four hours.

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat an oven to 425°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until blended. Whisk in the buttermilk and butter.
  4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and, using a rubber spatula, stir just until evenly incorporated. Do not over-mix.
  5. Fold in the carrots just until evenly distributed.
  6. Spoon the batter into the prepared cupcake pan, filling them 1/3 of the way full.
  7. Remove the cream cheese frosting log from freezer and divide/slice into 12 equal parts.
  8. Place a piece of the frozen cream cheese frosting on top of and in the middle of the cupcake batter.
  9. Top each cupcake with another 1/3 of the batter, right on top of the cream cheese frosting piece.
  10. Bake until the cupcakes are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.
  11. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 2 minutes, then turn the cupcakes out onto the rack.
  12. Let cool and serve.