Cute Carrot Cupcakes

I love my mom. So when she told me she didn’t need me to bring dessert for her Mother’s Day brunch last month, of course I didn’t believe her. Instead, I surprised her with one of our long-time favorite recipes, in cupcake form!

This is a fabulously moist and fluffy carrot cake – perfect for a brunch, for Easter, for Mother’s Day, or for any day! These tender little cakes will melt in your mouth – especially when you top them with classic cream cheese frosting.

Classic Carrot Cake
from my mom’s friend Sue

1 1/3 cups oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups finely grated carrots (3-4 large carrots)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ pan or 3 round layer pans or line 24 cupcake tins.

Blend oil and sugar. Then beat in eggs one at a time. Sift in the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the carrots. Pour batter into your prepared pans. For 9×13″ pan, bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes. For layers, bake 18-25 minutes. For cupcakes, bake 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool completely on racks before frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 stick butter
1 8-ounce package cream cheese
1 box powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla

Cream all ingredients together until smooth. Ice completely cooled cakes as desired.

Pictures taken by my super-cute mom with her brand new camera,
a present from dad on Mother’s Day!

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