Learn how to make the BEST moist and fluffy carrot cupcakes from scratch in under 30 minutes. This one-bowl recipe couldn’t get easier. Top with cream cheese frosting and enjoy these delicious carrot cupcakes any time of the year!

Today I’m going to share my secret super quick and easy carrot cupcake recipe. I’ve been making these cupcakes for years and they have never failed once!

While shopping at the supermarket yesterday, I found carrots on sale for .40 cents a pack. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I actually had to ask a worker if the price was correct and it was so I grabbed 8 bags… I couldn’t resist! I got home and sat there wondering what can I make with all these carrots. The first thing that came to mind is my all-time favorite dessert, Carrot cupcakes!

So I baked a batch of these super quick and easy carrot cupcakes, then top them off with my favorite cream cheese frosting, and could not stop eating them. Like seriously, they were so good!

What you Will Need To Make Carrot Cupcakes

  • flour
  • grated carrots
  • oil
  • sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • cinnamon or apple spice
  • baking soda, baking powder, and a pinch of salt

These are the easiest cupcakes you’ll ever bake. You don’t even have to whisk them! The only step that might slow you down is grating the carrots but I decided to grate them in the food processor. I have the grating attachment, if you don’t have it you can use the normal setting and dice them really tiny.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl with a wooden spoon then transfer into a muffin tin.

Want to spice them up? toss in some chopped walnuts, raisins, mashed bananas, or anything your heart wishes!

Bake for 13 minutes, cool, frost, and you’re done! Moist and delicious carrot cupcakes in no time!

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

I top them with my favorite cream cheese frosting. It’s light and fluffy and pairs like a dream with these cupcakes. Be sure to cool the cupcakes all the way before attempting to frost them.

To make the cream cheese frosting you will need:

  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • sugar
  • heavy cream (optional)
  • vanilla

To make the Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s essential the ingredients are all at room temperature or the frosting will form into lumps. Simply beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy then beat in the sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

The heavy cream is completely optional and only used to a fluffy texture to the frosting so feel free to leave it out if you’d like.

How to Store

The cupcakes are good for up to 12 hours at room temperature and in the fridge for up to 3 days in an air-tight container. To serve, bring to room temperature (preferably at least an hour) to moisten the cupcakes.

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Easy Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

By: Layla
Learn how to make the BEST moist and fluffy carrot cupcakes from scratch in under 30 minutes. This one-bowl recipe couldn't get easier. Top with cream cheese frosting and enjoy these delicious carrot cupcakes any time of the year!
Prep10 minutes
Cook18 minutes
Servings 12 cupcakes


For the Cupcakes

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 2/3 cup oil of choice, use coconut oil for healthier cupcakes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 muffin tins or line with cupcake liners and set aside. In a large bowl beat the eggs for a few seconds. Gently stir in the grated carrots and oil. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine, about 10 stirs ( be careful not to over mix!).

  • Fill cupcake tins about 2/3 full. Bake for no more than 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before frosting.

To make the Frosting:

  • In a blender or by hand, beat the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until fluffy combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar and cream until light and fluffy. Once the cupcakes have cooled frosting with cream cheese frosting using a piping bag, zip-lock bag or spread with a spoon.


Serving: 1cupcake with frosting, Calories: 326kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 51mg, Sodium: 248mg, Potassium: 97mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 3886IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 35mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake, cream cheese frosting, cupcakes
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  1. Superb. Simple and delicious. Just what I was looking for!

  2. it was a great recipe very delicious you may want to add a more flour because mine turned out a little oily but other than that they were delicious

  3. Added a dash of cayenne pepper, gave it a yummy kick. Delicious!!

  4. Hi! What type of oil (veggie, olive, canola?) and what type of sugar (caster, brown, raw?) do we use? Or will any type be ok?
    Excited to get my bake on!

  5. I used Bob’s 1-1 gluten free baking flour, avocado oil, and added raisins. Turned out great!

  6. What do I need to do to add crushed pineapple to this?

  7. I tried this recipe today and it came out too good! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Love this recipe. it’s my fav and go to for carrot.

  9. Iwill be making these for Easter tomorrow !!!Thanks for the Easy Recipe they look so Delicious!!

  10. Just about to make these, they look yum. I’ve been trying to find a great carrot cake recipe for a few days and I hope this fits the bill. Wish me luck 🙂

  11. These were quick and easy to make. Mine didn’t rise very much, but they taste so good that I don’t care!

  12. If I want to make these as “mini” cupcakes, what should I change?

  13. I made these using gluten free all purpose flour and coconut oil. Delicious! I love the simplicity of the recipe.

  14. Tried this recipe out today and the cupcakes turned out awesome. Super moist and delicious, a must try. This is a keeper:) Thanks Layla

  15. I’m getting ready to make them right now…God be with me.

  16. Those cupcakes look amazing! They came out perfectly. I need to make carrot cake (& cupcakes) more often.

  17. Wow, that’s an amazing price for a bag of carrots – love that you made cupcakes! They look fantastic, Layla! I am a sucker for carrot cake and so is my husband and step dad but I don’t make it nearly enough. An easy and simple recipe is exactly what I need 🙂 Love these!

  18. Haha, I am guilty of always buying things on super-sale and then having to figure out how to use it up afterward! Carrot cupcakes sound like the perfect use for some of your carrots–and I love how quick and easy they are!

  19. I haven’t eaten carrot cake in forever! These look scrumptious Layla! And how can you go wrong with cream cheese frosting? Yum!

  20. These look amazing Layla! That creamy forsting is calling my name!

  21. These look awesome Layla! I have some carrot cake cookie cups on my site, but not carrot cake cupcakes – definitely need to try these!

  22. Hi Layla, these are absolutely gorgeous, love how you frosted them.

  23. I adore a good carrot cupcake. We had a carrot cake for our wedding cake and it’s long been one of my all time favorites! I was so happy when I saw this recipe on my feedly. Thank you for sharing it!

  24. Yum, such a classic! I’ll take a dozen, please!

  25. LOVING how simple these are, and I would totally be lazy and go straight for the processor instead of a grater too 🙂 great recipe Layla!

    1. Thanks so much Christine! The easier the better! 😀

  26. I’m with Ashley, love carrot cake, but never ever make it for some reason! Totally need to.

    1. It’s one of those things that you crave but never get around to making. You must set aside some time for them! Trust me, your going to love em 🙂

  27. I love carrot cake! But it’s something I rarely make – which is just silly! These look awesome!

  28. These cupcakes look amazingly moist and delicious! The photos are beautiful…You did a fantastic job piping cream cheese frosting! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  29. These cupcakes are insanely amazing! I bet they are super flavorful and moist!