Updated: Apr 13, 2020

Most of my life, I was not into the idea of combining Vegetables + Dessert in one. But as I've gotten older my love for carrot cakes & zucchini breads has blossomed! Especially after adding ginger cream cheese frosting, this carrot cake is taken to the next level! To include fun homemade decorations I sweetened carrots, twisted them into spirals and used the leftover simple syrup to create shattered carrot candy. These few additional steps went a long way and came out looking very vibrant and colorful! Happy Baking! :)

Carrot Cupcake w/ Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Serves 12



  • 1 1/4 Cup Flour

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder

  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda

  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger

  • 1/4 tsp Allspice or Pumpkin Spice

  • 1 Stick Butter

  • 1/2 Cup Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream

  • 2 Eggs

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla

  • 1 1/4 Cup Grated Carrots

Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 12 oz Cream Cheese

  • 1 Stick Butter

  • 1 tsp Fresh Grated Ginger

  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar (15 oz)

  • 1/4 tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp Vanilla

  • 1 Tbsp Heavy Cream


Preheat oven to 350ºF

Using cupcake liners, line the cupcake pan with 12 liners

1. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices) in a medium sized bowl & set aside

2. In a large bowl or stand mixture beat softened butter and cream cheese for 30 seconds

3. Add sugars and beat for an additional 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy

4. Add sour cream, eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture until combined

5. Add flour mixture until fully combined then stir in carrots

6. Distribute the cupcake batter evenly into all 12 tins

7. Bake cupcakes for 18-20 minutes

8. Remove cupcakes from oven and place onto cooling rack. Once removed, wrap in plastic wrap to refrigerate until frosting or freeze for up to 1 month!

Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting:

1. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and ginger for 30 seconds until creamy.

2. Continuing on low speed add the powdered sugar and heavy cream to the cream cheese mixture alternating with 2 increments of each.

3. Add salt and vanilla to the mixture & beat for 5 minutes on low

If you find your buttercream to thick, adding a tsp of heavy cream at a time will thin it out. If you find your buttercream too thin, add 1/4 cup of powdered sugar at a time until desired consistency is achieved.

If you'd like to make the same toppings as me see below!

Carrot Spirals:

1. Bring (1 Cup Water, 1 Cup Sugar, 2 Large Carrots peeled into strips) to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Spray a baking sheet and place carrot strips on evenly. Bake on 225ºF for an additional 30 minutes.