Do you have a dessert recipe your family cannot get enough of? You know, something sweet that won’t last 24 hours in your house? I have a few, depending on who I make then for. My husband loves my Pumpkin Pie in a Jar recipe. The kids favorite weekend treat is my Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake.
There are days I have time to make a few recipes to appease the entire family. Other days, when I am pulling my hair out from the chaos, I do not have the time. Those are the days I need a recipe I can make and know everyone will gobble up. There is one dessert the entire family cannot get enough. My Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes. They love the flavor of the spice of the cake and the homemade cream cheese frosting.
I have been perfecting my baking skills for a few years now. I have come so far from where I used to be. Ya’ll! There were days even the dog would not have eaten my dessert! When Caitlin joined the Robotics team at school, I found myself baking a lot. Those teenagers can pack away some food! They seem to love my cupcakes the most. Caitlin said my Salted Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes only lasted five minutes!
As a way to get our family on a healthier path, I have made changes in the kitchen. We are cutting back on dairy, carbs and red meat. My husband and I both had not so great health exams last year that led to this decision. I didn’t want to completely cut out the desserts everyone loves. That is when I began looking into gluten free and vegan recipes. My Vegan Breakfast Cookies were a huge hit last month.
I decided to make my favorite recipe from my mom into a vegan recipe. The results were my Delicious Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes! They went so fast! No kidding. I had to make more for Caitlin’s Robotics meeting tonight. It has been a struggle keeping everyone away from them until I deliver them this afternoon! I cannot wait to see what the kids think. I bet they love them as much as my family did. Fingers crossed!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 ½ cups finely shredded carrots
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 2/3 cup natural unsweetened applesauce
- 2/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup vegan butter, softened
- 12 ounces vegan cream cheese, softened
- 4 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line your cupcake pan with baking cups
- In a medium sized bowl, mix your dry ingredients
- In your mixer, combine your wet ingredients. Add your dry ingredients. Mix well.
- Using an ice cream scoop, scoop mixture into muffin tins. About 2/3 full.
- Bake 18-20 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and/or toothpick comes out clean.
- To make frosting:
- In your mixer, cream butter. Add in cream cheese. Mix until creamy and fluffy. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Add confectioner’s sugar 1 cup at a time, until consistency of frosting. Add 1 tablespoon soy or almond milk if needed.
What is your favorite spring/Easter dessert? I would love to know in the comments below!
tara pittman saysApril 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm
I love that these are vegan. I am trying to cut dairy out of my diet so this is great
Jeanette saysApril 7, 2017 at 2:56 pm
WOW those look amazing! I will be making these for my son because he loves carrot cake!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysApril 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm
Those look so good! Vegan cooking has come a long way. That is so moist and tasty looking.
Tara saysApril 7, 2017 at 7:44 pm
My favorite dessert for Easter would have to be anything lemon. I also love carrot cake so these cupcakes would hit the spot. They turned out quite cute.
laura schag saysApril 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm
I would love to make these Carrot cake cupcakes. The reciepe looks so easy. Can not wait to try them.
Margot C saysApril 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm
How nice, and easy to make. Perfect for Easter. Many thanks.
gingermommyrants saysApril 7, 2017 at 8:43 pm
I am always looking for new Vegan recipes to try. I will have to make this recipe on the weekend. They look so delicious. They will be perfect for Easter.
Sandra Watts saysApril 7, 2017 at 9:41 pm
They look so moist and delicious. Healthier too! I like that they are vegan.
sara saysApril 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm
These cupcakes look delicious and quite healthy. I love the little bunny topper you added on top. We enjoy vegan muffins all the time so I am pinning these for later.
Rochelle saysApril 7, 2017 at 10:07 pm
Perfect for Easter entertaining! And those bunny and sprinkle garnishes are too cute!
Barrie saysApril 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm
My mom loves carrot cake so I bet she’d love these! I love the use of whole wheat flour for health.
Nicky saysApril 7, 2017 at 10:19 pm
I had vegan cream cheese for the first time the other day and it was delicious. I would love this recipe.
Amber Myers saysApril 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm
These look amazing. And they’re cute too! I love carrot cake so I’ll be making these.
Sarah-Louise Bailey saysApril 7, 2017 at 11:41 pm
OMG this looks delicious. I will definitely be making this recipe on Sunday. Just perfect for Easter!
hannah saysApril 8, 2017 at 12:04 am
The only thing better than carrot cake, is carrot cake cupcakes! I love carrot cake, especially around easter.
Natasha saysApril 8, 2017 at 12:08 am
I normally shy away from vegan recipes because I’ve found that most people don’t know how to make them taste good when leaving out the dairy. However, the carrot cake recipe is one that I’ve used so I KNOW it’s good. These look great!
patricia caradonna saysApril 8, 2017 at 5:44 am
Carrot cake is one of my favorites. I am planning to make this recipe for our upcoming Sunday dinner.
mycraftingworld saysApril 8, 2017 at 6:13 am
This is great. I love carrot cake and I now like to make my own food to limit the salt and sugar. Thank you for the recipe.
Autumn saysApril 8, 2017 at 10:26 am
I’m so going to make these things now! We’re also on a GF/Dairy Free diet so except for the flour these are amazing!
bob langmaid saysApril 8, 2017 at 10:55 am
I just love a key lime cheesecake at eater for some reason…
Rosie saysApril 8, 2017 at 11:15 am
My favorite spring dessert is rhubarb cobbler or pie. These cupcakes sound good, but I’d use regular cream cheese, as we are not vegans.
Debbie Yoder saysApril 8, 2017 at 1:45 pm
These cupcakes look so good! When we were growing up my Mom would make homemade carrot cake, with cream cheese icing! It was amazing!
Gábor saysApril 8, 2017 at 5:46 pm
I love carrot bread, Im sure I love carrot cake. Thanks for the idea!
wendy saysApril 8, 2017 at 6:31 pm
These cupcakes would be perfect for Easter! I love carrot cake, but these are super cute! I will have to give this recipe to a friend of mine as well!
Mary Songer saysApril 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm
I might be willing to try this recipe but I have my doubts. Vegan butter and cream cheese? You said they were good but how were they compared to the real deal?
Julie Wood saysApril 9, 2017 at 10:27 am
I love Carrot Cupcakes! I like that these are vegan and they look so pretty. I want to make these for Easter!
Hannah Marie saysApril 9, 2017 at 11:17 am
that looks so delicious! I haven’t tried any carrot cake or baked any but would love to try.
Emily saysApril 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm
Yum! I love carrot cake, and with Easter almost here it is the perfect dessert to have. I love how they are decorated, so cute!
Sauumye saysApril 9, 2017 at 5:20 pm
These cupcakes are so delicious!! I love that they are Vegan.
Heather saysApril 9, 2017 at 5:32 pm
I made these and they are delicious! Mine came out a bit dry though and I followed the instructions exactly. I want to make these again because they are soo good but do you have any recommendations as to make them a little more moist? Thanks!
Echo saysApril 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm
I love carrot cake! It is one of my favorites! This one looks so delicious and wonderful!
Laurajj saysApril 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm
Oh carrot cake is one of my favorites! I have to try this one! YUM
Zoey saysApril 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm
I love carrot cake! This recipe sounds great for my vegan friends.
Rebecca Swenor saysApril 10, 2017 at 1:53 am
These vegan carrot cake cupcakes sound delicious. My family loves carrot cake so I will have to make this recipe for them. I love spicy flavor of carrot cake. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
joanna saysApril 10, 2017 at 9:22 am
One of the few foods that I will never eat because I don’t like it at all are carrots. But for some reason, I love carrot cake. And you recipe looks and sounds delicious, perfect for Easter!
Elisha Fernandez saysApril 10, 2017 at 9:40 am
Our family is vegan and we LOVE carrot cake … my reaction was just WOW when I saw the pictures and the recipe sounds fairly simple to make… this is on my list for my 15th birthday in September. YUM
Dana Rodriguez saysApril 10, 2017 at 9:58 am
That looks absolutely deliccous1 Whare did you find those cute cipcake holders?
Dana Rodriguez saysApril 10, 2017 at 9:59 am
need more coffee… I can’t spell this morning lol 😀
Jay Simms saysApril 10, 2017 at 11:09 am
I love a good carrot cake. I will have to give this a try, especially with Easter coming up this weekend.
Tracie Cooper saysApril 10, 2017 at 1:04 pm
I would love to make these for Easter! These would be perfect for my nieces who eat a vegan diet!
Holly Thomas saysApril 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Carrot cake is my all time favorite, I never thought to make cupcakes and I love that this is a vegan recipe.
Betsy Barnes saysApril 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm
Such beautiful cupcakes! These would brighten up my Easter dinner for sure!
Cheryl saysApril 11, 2017 at 9:00 am
These look delicious. May have to try baking them.
Kusum saysApril 11, 2017 at 7:55 pm
You had me at vegan cupcakes… These look so cute and delicious, I so want one now, yum!
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Donna B saysApril 12, 2017 at 6:51 am
These are so cute and look easy to make. My grandsons would love them.
monique s saysApril 12, 2017 at 10:21 am
I love carrot cake. These look so yummy and cute too. Such a great job of decorating to make them irresistible.
Michelle Bartley saysApril 12, 2017 at 6:53 pm
We love carrot cake! I will definitely be trying your recipe!
Kim K saysApril 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm
I love making cupcakes for Easter. These are so cute with the little bunnies on them.
shannon fowler saysApril 12, 2017 at 10:31 pm
I havent had carrot cake in quite some time. These look so delicious!
Deborah Cochran saysApril 12, 2017 at 11:58 pm
With having 2 sons who eat vegan only, this is the perfect recipe! I’ve tried making them sweet treats that end up tasting bland or the texture isn’t appealing so anxious to try this recipe.
Jessica Rouse saysApril 13, 2017 at 2:16 am
Carrot Cake is one my all time favorites. I have been gluten free for a year and a half now and it’s been rough finding tasty recipes. THis one looks amazing and I believe I can switch the wheat flour with “bobs 1 to 1 baking flour” 🙂
Mya Murphy saysApril 13, 2017 at 4:10 am
For vegan food, this looks scrumptious! I believe I may just tackle this on Easter!!
Marcie W. saysApril 13, 2017 at 11:58 am
These look amazing! Love all of those fresh ingredients inside and the vegan factor rocks.
Cynthia R saysApril 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm
These are too cute I love the bunny you got on the icing. I love carrot cake too.
sheila ressel saysApril 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm
These look so yummy! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try.
Jeanne Coulombe saysApril 15, 2017 at 8:43 am
I love carrot cake it’s one of my favorites this recipe looks great but I would have to tweek it with gluten free flour I have Celiac Disease so I can’t have regular flour.
CJ saysApril 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm
Oh I love these! They are perfect for Easter! Easter is one of my favorite holidays and I really enjoy different recipe ideas! Thanks! 🙂
Katy saysApril 24, 2017 at 4:28 pm
THanks so much for this recipe! We love carrot cake! Our family favorite this time of year is coconut cake!
mycraftingworld saysSeptember 20, 2017 at 6:54 am
These sound so good. I am sure the girls will get a kick out of making cupcakes with carrots. Thank you for the idea.
mycraftingworld saysNovember 29, 2017 at 7:38 am
We made these last week. The girls just love cooking and thought it was funny to put carrots in something that was so sweet. They loved eating them.
mycraftingworld saysMay 13, 2018 at 6:58 am
I make these on a semi-regular basis. I love carrot cake.