Lightly spiced and topped with fluffy cream cheese frosting, Carrot Cake Cup Cakes are the delightful indulgence you can have when you don’t want to make a whole carrot cake.
I love the individual serve style of cupcakes. It makes them perfect for picnics where you don’t have to worry about extra plates, napkins and serving dishes.
This easy carrot cupcake recipe is a go-to for Easter Picnics and they make a delicious, handheld, no-fuss treat for kids picnics.
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FAQ’s and Tips for Making the Best Carrot Cupcakes
While some might like to argue otherwise, putting carrots in cupcakes does not count for part of your Daily Five. What carrots do in cupcakes, or any carrot cake, is impart a natural sweetness and give the cake that delicious moist texture we love about carrot cakes.
Once the carrot is blended in and cooked, you will barely see or taste “carrot”, but never fear, like zucchini in muffins and bread, it serves a purpose in creating super moist and sweet carrot cake cupcakes.
Carrot cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container in a cool place; however, keeping them in the fridge is best for optimal freshness. The other consideration you have is the type of frosting. If you have already frosted the cupcake with cream cheese frosting, it is best to store them in the fridge to avoid the cheese spoiling. Make sure they are covered in the refrigerator.
If stored in the fridge, carrot cupcakes will keep for at least four days. Leave them to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to take the chill off and let the frosting soften.
Yes, you can prepare and freeze carrot cakes ahead of time. They will keep for 2-3 months in the freezer. Things to consider before freezing:
Make sure the cupcake is completely cool first before freezing.
Wrap them well in a freezer bag or airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
You can freeze them frosted or unfrosted – I prefer unfrosted so you can make the icing fresh when they defrost.
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