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Carrot Cupcakes

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Prep time 35 mins
Bake time 25 mins
Yield 12 cupcakes
Your favorite ingredients from a carrot cake come together in these Carrot Cupcakes. Offer these individual sweet treats at your Easter celebration.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 4 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Nutrition Information

  • calories 270
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 4 g
  • carbohydrate 34 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 67 mg
  • sodium 156 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Whisk eggs and milk in a measuring cup. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.

  2. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce mixer speed to medium-low, beat in half of egg mixture, then half of flour mixture, beating well after each addition and scraping sides of bowl when necessary. Add remaining egg mixture and remaining flour mixture. Beat on medium speed for 1 minute. Fold in carrots and walnuts, if desired.

  3. Divide batter among muffin cups (batter will almost fill cups). Bake until cupcakes are golden and a toothpick inserted into center of 1 comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cupcakes cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Using a rubber spatula, stir cream cheese until smooth in a medium bowl. Stir in honey. Spread or pipe over tops of cupcakes and serve.