Carrot Cake cupcakes
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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Prep: 25 min
Bake: 40 min
Yield: 24 cupcakes
A carrot cake is always a classic, but so is having a couple of dozen delicious carrot cake cupcakes on hand, ready for any game day party, picnic, tailgate or potluck. Add pecans or walnuts and raisins into the batter to make these treats extra nutty and flavorful, and top with your favorite cream cheese (or any) frosting.


  • 2 1/4 cups sifted Swans Down® Cake Flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups grated carrot
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 2 2/3 sticks (1 1/3 cups) (302.4 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 (8-ounce) packages (32 ounces) cream cheese, cold
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) vanilla
  • 5 cups (477.5 grams) confectioners’ sugar, sift before measuring
  • 4 teaspoons (20.5 grams) fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest, freshly zested
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line two standard cupcake pans with liners.
  2. Make Cupcakes: Mix flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Cream together granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil and vanilla extract in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add eggs one at a time. Reduce speed to low and add 1/2 of flour mixture to wet ingredients. Mix just until incorporated. Add carrots, nuts and raisins. Mix to combine. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  3. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full with batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pan onto wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Make Frosting: In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat together butter, cream cheese and vanilla until just blended. Beat in sugar in 3 batches until smooth. Stir in orange juice and zest.
  5. Frost the cooled cupcakes.

Kitchen Tip:

  • If there’s any extra batter, bake a small (6-inch) cake. Cool it and wrap in plastic wrap and then foil, and freeze it to have on hand for a coffee break or a special breakfast.
  • Rhonda Johnson says:

    I am looking for a recipe that used to be printed on the back of Swans Down Cake Flour box for Carrot Cake and it had crushed pineapple in the cake. I cannot seem to find it and have misplaced my copy. It was either late 1980 or early to mid 1990 when I used to make the cake. It really was the best carrot cake ever. Is there anyway that you would have a copy of the recipe that was on the box? I have looked in all your cookbooks with no luck. Thanks

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Rhonda, Thanks for the inquiry on the Carrot Cake recipe. Your information was forwarded to our Consumer Affairs Department. Someone will be reaching out to help locate the recipe for you. Happy baking!

  • Zo says:

    Can any of your recipes be made with sugar free sugar and still bake nicely

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Zo, We have not tested our recipes using sugar free substitutes. We would recommend you visit sugar substitute websites for cake recipes they have developed and tested. You can always still use Swans Down Cake Flour with those recipes. Happy baking!

  • Eva Mae McNeal says:

    Please give me a recipe for a carrot cake sheet cake! I use Swans for all my baking needs.
    Thank you

  • Angela Dorn says:

    Genera Fulminar just to let you know. Wal-Mart sells Swans cake flour that’s where I always purchase mine.

  • Genara Fulminar says:

    Hi I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada. Few years ago I used to buy Swansdown cake flour in Safeway grocery store.But unfortunately I can’t find it anymore here.Any idea where I can buy in Canada?Thank you.

    • Swans Down says:

      Hi Genara, Unfortunately we don’t have a retailer list for Edmonton Alberta Canada, and our mail order department does not ship to Canada. You can certainly try ordering Swans Down Cake Flour through our Amazon Store Page – Swans Down Cake Flour and have it shipped to Canada. Happy Baking!

  • BARBARA FOX says:

    I make the whipping cream pound cake all the time. It is a favorite at my church & with family & friends. i made a chocolate pound cake that is delicious also. i made up my recipe. of sourse, Swans Down Cake Flour. thank you so nuch.

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