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The BEST Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Preparation 20 minutes 2017-10-18T00:20:00+00:00 Cook Time 30 minutes 2017-10-18T00:30:00+00:00
Serves 36 cupcakes     adjust servings


  • 2 1/2 cups all purposed flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh grated carrots
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

For the frosting

  • 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 pounds confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped pecans, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs to the butter mixture, one at a time mixing well after each addition.
  5. Turn the mixer on low. Stir in the vanilla and carrots.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, then the raisins and pecans.
  7. Fill each muffin well lined with a cupcake liner 3/4 full with the batter.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 and continue baking for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely.
  10. To make the frosting:
  11. Add the butter and cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixture fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  12. Slowly add the sugar to the cream cheese mixture beating until light and creamy. Stir in the vanilla.
  13. Transfer the frosting to a piping bag and frost the cupcakes, as desired. Sprinkle with chopped pecans and serve.