Barefoot Contessa's Carrot Cake Cupcakes

"From Barefoot Contessa Parties! The cake is very moist and the icing is delicious!"
Barefoot Contessa's Carrot Cake Cupcakes created by Alana Kysar  Fix Fe
Ready In:
1hr 15mins
22 cupcakes




  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add the eggs, 1 at a time.
  • In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • With the mixer on low speed, add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  • Add the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter.
  • Mix until just combined.
  • Line muffin pans with paper liners.
  • Scoop the batter into 22 muffin cups until each is 3/4 full.
  • Bake at 400°F for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350°F and cook for a further 35 minutes (**see note at bottom), until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack.
  • Frosting:

  • Cream the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add the sugar and beat until smooth.
  • When the cupcakes are cool, frost them generously and serve.
  • **I don't need to cook these for the entire additional 35 minutes. After I lower the temperature to 350°F; I start checking the muffins at around 15 minutes. Just keep watching them until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

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  1. peaobox12
    Recipe was originally written for a 24 cupcakes yield. I selected a yield of 12 from the options. The ingredient units were not easy to follow.... like 5/8 lb of butter or 5/8 lb. confectionary sugar. I had to look up conversions. Cups would have been easier. And the first direction was to preheat to 350 but the baking temp is 400 then reduce to 350. Also it made 17 cupcakes and only baked for 25 minutes not 45 as indicated. I kept checking as directed in last step, but I would have been in trouble if I didn't start after 20 min. All in all, they were delicious and everyone loved them.
  2. alemaciunas
    How far in advance can I make and frost the cupcakes
  3. bobnnlinda
    Should the oven be preheated to 350 or 400? Recipe states to bake at 400 for 10 minutes then 350.
  4. tedwilliams24
    Need gluten free
  5. Donna P.
    These cupcakes were a big hit ! After sharing , I got a request to bake them for a cancer research fund raiser. I'm flattered and happy to do so. I loved visiting the barefoot contesa when I had business in East Hampton. Thank you for sharing your recipes !



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