This popular recipe transforms the ultimate afternoon tea favorite into delicious cupcakes. Combining the moisture of freshly grated carrots with the richness of cream cheese, these cupcakes offer the perfect balance of flavors. Topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting, they are sure to be a hit at any gathering or celebration. Whether you love carrot cake or just enjoy a tasty treat, these Carrot Cream Cheese Cupcakes will satisfy your sweet tooth with every bite. Treat yourself to this delicious twist on a classic dessert and experience a touch of joy with every bite.
- 175g brown muscovado sugar
- 100 g wholemeal self-raising flour
- 100g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp spice mix
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 eggs
- 150 ml sunflower oil
- 200g carrots, grated
- orange sprinkles to decorate
- 100 g butter, soft
- 300g soft cheese
- 100g powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, baking soda, mixed spice and orange zest.
- Whisk together the eggs and oil and then stir into the dry ingredients along with the grated carrot.
- Divide the mixture between the tins and bake for 20-22 minutes, until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool on a wire rack before frosting.
- For the glaze, beat the butter until really soft.
- Then stir in the soft cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.
- Spread the icing over the cake using a spatula or a cutlery knife.
- Sprinkle with decorations.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Cupcake tin
- Cupcake liners
- Cooling rack
- Piping bag (optional)
- Star-shaped piping nozzle (optional)
This recipe contains the following allergens:
- butter (milk)
- Soft cheese (milk cheese)
Please be sure to check your ingredient labels if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.
Storage and leftovers
Once cooled, you can store the carrot cream cheese cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. If you prefer, you can also store them in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life to about 5-7 days.
If you have leftovers, simply cover the cupcakes in plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. They are a delicious treat when enjoyed chilled straight from the fridge.
Health Benefits of Carrot and Cream Cheese Cupcakes
The delicious combination of carrots and cream cheese in cupcake form not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also offers several health benefits. Let’s find out how these delicious treats can contribute to your well-being.
1. Nutrient-rich carrots
Carrots, the main ingredient in these cupcakes, are packed with important nutrients. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A promotes good vision, supports a healthy immune system and keeps skin and hair in optimal condition.
In addition, carrots provide a range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamins K, C and B6, potassium and biotin, all of which are crucial for maintaining overall health.
2. Whole wheat flour for extra fiber
By incorporating self-raising whole wheat flour into the cupcake mix, these treats offer a higher fiber content compared to traditional recipes. Fiber is essential for digestive health as it helps maintain regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Additionally, a high-fiber diet can help control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and support weight management.
3. Soothing spice and zesty orange
The addition of mixed spices and orange peel not only improves the taste but also brings some health benefits. Spice blends usually consist of a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. These spices are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and potential to improve digestion. Orange peel, on the other hand, provides a hint of citrus flavor and is a rich source of vitamin C, which strengthens the immune system.
4. Healthy sunflower oil
Sunflower oil, the fat chosen in this recipe, is a healthier alternative to saturated fats. It contains mainly unsaturated fatty acids, including beneficial omega-6 fatty acids. Unsaturated fats are known to have positive effects on heart health as they can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. However, moderate consumption is recommended as it is high in calories.
5. Cream cheese enjoyment
Not only does the cream cheese frosting add a layer of deliciousness to the cupcakes, but it also provides health benefits. Cream cheese is a source of protein and provides important vitamins and minerals, including calcium, phosphorus and vitamin B12. Additionally, it provides a creamy richness with a lower fat content compared to butter-based frostings.
Enjoying these carrot cream cheese cupcakes can be a guilt-free treat because they contain healthy ingredients that contribute to your overall well-being. But as with all desserts, moderation is the key to a balanced diet.