Easter Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting
Cute decorated carrot cupcakes seem to be an Easter dessert staple, and these are my version with egg nests and candy carrots on top. This post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market.
Easter desserts seem to always come in pastel colors and often have eggs and bunnies as part of the decor. These cupcakes are no exception. I love carrot cake and cupcakes, another great vessel for a copious amount od tasty cream cheese frosting. I love the addition of tropical coconut for flavor and texture.
I do love a one bowl cake or cupcake recipe, less cleanup, but I usually use two bowls. One for dry ingredients, one for the wet. This one has three bowls with one for the shredded carrots. This recipe is worth the extra bowls.
These carrot cupcakes have a TON of cinnamon, ginger, freshly ground nutmeg and a pinch of cardamom. I love cardamom and its typically known as one of the spices in Chai blends, but I think it adds a nice touch to any spice cake or carrot cupcakes.
There are so many ways to make carrot cupcakes. Some use pineapple (Yum!), some add nuts like walnuts, some have raisins. Really the possibilities are endless. I love to shred the carrots extra fine and add in white chocolate chips.
Carrot cupcakes are best with cream cheese frosting and I love to add maple syrup into my frosting. It just adds a little something extra. I really go ” all out” with these.
My kids were LOVING watching me decorate the carrot cupcakes. I had them help with the eggs in a nest. They were telling me that the candies that were cracking were baby chicks about to hatch. And that they needed to eat the cracked ones since they were broken and that I shouldn’t have cracked candies in my photos. Any excuse to try to get me to let them eat some. Nice try kids.
These cupcakes really are super easy to make and fun for the whole family to decorate. The “carrots” are chocolate covered sunflower seeds and the stems are Haribo gummy “pasta” that I cut up. I was going to originally use a different candy but when my husband brought these home for me ( I had sent him to World Market for me to find some more candy to decorate the cupcakes) and he thought the gummy pasta would be perfect. So glad he picked them up. Because they cut way easier than licorice!
For the cupcakes
For the Frosting
make the frosting and assembly:
Fun for anytime during the spring, not just Easter.