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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

A much-loved American layer cake is scaled down to cupcake form. Even unfrosted, these cupcakes make delicious snacks. 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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2009


How to toast nuts



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.

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.

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  • danii
    24 OCT, 2010
    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! :)
  • AliceLiddell
    9 AUG, 2010
    could you just use this recipe to make a carrot cake?
  • tmartino72
    6 APR, 2010
    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!
  • mar07
    3 APR, 2010
    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!
  • thecupcakequeen
    2 APR, 2010
    How many cupcakes will this make?? I am going to find out tomorrow?

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