Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe, Cream Cheese Frosting, and Party Decorating Tips and Ideas

Try this easy carrot cake cupcakes recipe, baking and decorating ideas for birthday parties, wedding cupcakes, holidays, and other special occasions. Where to find supplies for decorating cakes, display stands, and special cupcake wrappers, and unique birthday candles.


About this Carrot Cake Recipe

Simple to make, and deliciously sweet and tender.

This recipe is sure to please the most discerning carrot cake lover!

Carrot cake is a favorite that works well for wedding cake cupcakes, birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any other holiday or special occasion.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes Recipe


  • 2 C. all-purpose flour

  • 1 3/4 C. sugar

  • 1 t. baking powder

  • 1 t. baking soda

  • 1 t. cinnamon

  • 3/4 t. salt
  • cupcakes


  • 3 C. finely grated carrots

  • 1/2 C. cooking oil

  • 1/2 C. butter (room temperature)

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 t. vanilla

  • Optional:

  • 1 C. chopped walnuts

  • 1 t. orange zest

  • Mix with electric mixer until combined.

  • Fill baking cups 2/3 full

  • Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15-18 minutes

  • or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Makes 24-30 standard-sized cupcakes

    Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe


  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened to room temperature

  • 1/3 C. butter

  • 2 t. vanilla extract

  • 4 cups sifted powdered sugar

  • Gradually add 1/2 to 3/4 cups additional powdered sugar if necessary to reach desired spreading consistency.

    Decorating Carrot Cake Cupcakes

    If you are somewhat skilled with a pastry bag and decorating tips, you can pipe an orange carrot, with a small green leaf onto the top of your carrot cakes.

    Or you can purchase ready-made edible carrot decorations from a cake decorating supply company to add to the frosting.

    Simple decorations that are easy to do at home include adding a few curls of orange zest, or a few bits of lime zest to add a touch of color to the frosting.

    When decorating Christmas cupcakes, place three small red-hot cinnamon candies on the center of the frosting, and pipe 3 small green leaves to make a holly decoration.


    Cake Decorating and Display Supplies

    Use a cupcake tree or tier to make an effective centerpiece display for a holiday or birthday party, wedding reception. or other special occasion.

    Decorative cupcake wrappers are also available, to add some fun or elegance to your cupcake presentation.

    Cake stands and decorating supplies can be purchased online, or at a local cake decorating supply company, or kitchen specialty store.

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