A much-loved American layer cake is scaled down to cupcake form. Even unfrosted, these cupcakes make delicious snacks—but the cream cheese frosting is simply delicious. Give them an Easter upgrade by borrowing a tool from German baking: a springerle mold. With a quick press, you can imprint a bunny design in circles of fondant. Get our step-by-step guide.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2009


Recipe Summary

Makes 24


Ingredient Checklist
How to toast nuts


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 standard muffin tins with paper liners. In a bowl, whisk together carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla seeds, and raisins and nuts if desired. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined.

  • Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each 3/4 full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until testers inserted into centers come out clean, 23 to 28 minutes. Let cool in tins on wire racks, 10 minutes. Turn out cupcakes onto wire racks, and let cool completely. Unfrosted cupcakes can be stored overnight at room temperature, or frozen for up to 2 months in airtight containers.

  • Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Frosted cupcakes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; bring to room temperature, and sprinkle with toasted coconut (press gently to adhere) before serving.

Cook's Notes

How to Toast Nuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread nuts evenly on a rimmed baking sheet; toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 8 to 10 minutes (watch carefully to prevent burning). Transfer sheet to a wire rack; let nuts cool completely.

How to Toast Coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut evenly on rimmed baking sheets; toast, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 10 minutes (or longer if darker color is desired). Transfer sheet to a wire rack; let coconut cool completely.


Golden raisins give these cupcakes added texture, but you can omit them if desired. You can also add nuts; toast them as directed, and then finely chop them before stirring into batter.


Reviews (5)

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These cupcakes turned out soooo DELICIOUS! only a few modifactions to the recipe posted (in my opinion)... a LITTLE more carrots. a LITTLE less vegetable oil and a LITTLE less butter in the icing. just a tad and everything will be peachy! :)
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could you just use this recipe to make a carrot cake?
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This recipe made about 26 cupcakes for me. They tasted so very delicious, but were dripping with oil, literally. The cupcake papers and even the pretty paper box I set them in were covered in oil. Is 1 1/2 cups of vegetable oil just too much? Also, the recipe for the cream cheese frosting is so wasteful. I had more than 1/2 left over after heavily frosting the cupcakes. The fondant bunny is so easy to make and adorable, but all was so overdone with sugar after the frosting-almost inedible!
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I'm wondering the same thing,I might have to go with another recipe.I'm making these for Easter,really need to know how many!
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How many cupcakes will this make?? I am going to find out tomorrow?