Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

These Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting are a great alternative to carrot cake. Think of it as portion control! This recipe is really moist and packed with spices. The frosting is unbelievable.Carrot Cake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

Today was April Fool’s which means all day I was on edge waiting for someone to prank me. My kids, learning from the best, spent the whole day pranking each other and ganging up on me. It stayed tit-for-tat the whole day.

  • They tee-peed my room last night. I wrote on their faces with washable marker while they were sleeping.
  • They booby-trapped my bathroom. I filled their post-dinner Oreos with toothpaste.
  • They hid a picture of a zombie on my toilet. I put salt in their toothbrushes.

We called a truce at bedtime but I’m still sleeping with one eye open tonight just in case.

Every year I do the SuperGlue-quarters-to-the-sidewalk prank. It was an epic fail because just as I walked into my house I looked out my window and saw my neighbor walk by and casually pick up the quarters. He realized something was up because I saw him feverishly wiping his hands (slimed with wet SuperGlue).Carrot Cake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

These Carrot Cake Cupcakes are pretty amazing. That’s coming from a girl who considers carrot cake somewhat farther down on the totem pole to anything with chocolate in it. The cupcakes aren’t super puffy – more like a nice muffin texture, but they represent in taste and moistness. If you have a food processor it makes shredding carrots a breeze. Otherwise – I sick my husband on the carrot shredding duty. Carrot Cake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - the-girl-who-ate-everything.comThe frosting is one of the best frostings I’ve ever had. It’s really similar to my go-to cream cheese frosting but has a tiny bit of orange extract that compliments the cupcakes so much. I tried it first by leaving it out because I don’t want you all to have to buy weird ingredients for just this. They were good without it but then I tried it with the orange extract and it was like a totally different cupcake. It gives it that little je ne sais quoi. Bam! Four years of studying French and that’s all I can remember.

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting - the-girl-who-ate-everything.com

My kids ate these, nuts and all.

Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Serves: 18 cupcakes
 
Ingredients
Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1 ounce white chocolate (like Bakers)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
Carrot Cupcakes:
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded carrots (shred easily with a food processor or by hand)
  • ½ cup crushed pineapple
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In small microwave safe bowl, heat white chocolate in small intervals in the microwave stirring until melted. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Mix in white chocolate, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and orange extract. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Mix in the heavy cream.
  4. For the cupcakes: Beat together the eggs, white sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl, and mix in the oil and vanilla. Fold in the carrots and crushed pineapple. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Mix flour mixture into the carrot mixture until evenly moist. Fold in ½ cup walnuts saving the remaining walnuts for topping. Fill muffin cups almost to the top.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Do not overbake. Cool completely on wire racks.
  6. Frost cooled cupcakes with frosting. For fancy decorating fill a re-sealable plastic bag with the frosting and snip off the corner to pipe it on. Or for even fancier decorating, use a Wilton 2D tip to pipe on the frosting. Sprinkle with remaining walnuts.
Notes
Source: slightly adapted from Allrecipes - decreased the sugar and halved the frosting.

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