Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Moist, fluffy carrot cake cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, and topped with a citrusy orange cream cheese frosting!

Moist, fluffy Carrot Cake Cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, and topped with an Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! You have to try this delicious dessert! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Hello Love Grows Wild readers! It’s Amber, from Dessert Now, Dinner Later! I’m back with a delicious springtime treat! My husband is a huge fan of carrot cake! Like it’s his favorite cake and I hardly make it for him, unless he requests it for his birthday. So since spring is here (well it’s official in 2 more days) I thought it would be fun to make some bright, fresh carrot cupcakes with a tropical and citrus twist.

Moist, fluffy Carrot Cake Cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, and topped with an Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! You have to try this delicious dessert! | LoveGrowsWild.com

These Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes are moist and sweet with tropical coconut flakes. The orange cream cheese frosting pairs beautifully with the spice cake and adds some vibrancy and a light sweet citrus flavor to this classic cake.

These little cupcakes are a perfect addition to any Easter or spring party. The flavors are making me crazy excited for summer and gardening! It will be our first year doing square foot gardens in our backyard rather than using a community garden plot. We are so excited, and carrots are on our list of veggies to plant! Who says you need to eat them as just a healthy side dish or snack? I love carrot cake, even if I don’t make it that often!

Moist, fluffy Carrot Cake Cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, and topped with an Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! You have to try this delicious dessert! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a fabulous spring and summer!

Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Moist, fluffy carrot cake cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, topped with a citrusy orange cream cheese frosting!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes:
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1¼ cup peeled, shredded carrots (about 3 carrots)

  • Orange Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp orange zest (plus extra for garnish)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line cupcake pan with paper cups. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in one bowl.
  2. Whisk the eggs in another bowl. Then slowly whisk in the oil, sour cream and vanilla. Whisk this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients. Add the coconut and shredded carrots. Whisk until combined.
  3. Fill paper cups ⅔ full. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until the center is baked. Test doneness with a toothpick (will come out clean) or press lightly in the center with your finger, if the cake springs back, it's done. Allow cupcakes to cool.
  4. Make frosting by beating the cream cheese and butter in a bowl with a hand mixer. Add orange zest, orange juice, and powdered sugar all at once. Beat until just combined. Prepare a piping bag and tip. Fill it with frosting and pipe frosting onto each cupcake. Sprinkle the tops with extra zest for a garnish. Store cupcakes in an airtight container. Makes 12 cupcakes.

– Cake altered from Inside Brucrew Life and frosting altered from AllRecipes.

Moist, fluffy Carrot Cake Cupcakes combined with the tropical flavor of coconut, and topped with an Orange Cream Cheese Frosting! You have to try this delicious dessert! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Comments

  1. Mmmm. Fabulous. It’s been way too long since I’ve had carrot cake and I always go crazy for coconut. Pinned!

  2. Totally digging this remix on carrot cake!! Coconut and orange flavoring sound like a tropical pairing! Love something different. Thanks for sharing! Pinning for later! Happy Saturday 🙂

    • Liz Fourez says:

      Doesn’t that sound like a fun tropical twist to carrot cake? I can’t wait to try Amber’s recipe! Thanks for the pin!

  3. These look fab- I love carrot cake! And in cupcake form they look super cute! 🙂

  4. Hi, Liz! These cupcakes look amazing! Every spring I start craving carrot cake…it just seems like the right thing to eat. 🙂 These cupcakes are fresh twist on the classic recipe. Pinned!

  5. So irresistible! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  6. YUM! Pinning now – found through the #yearofcelebrations party 🙂

  7. I can’t get enough carrot cake, and these look sensational! Pinning to my Easter board. 🙂

  8. I love that these have orange frosting. I’ve had plenty of carrot cupcakes, but none with orange. Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

  9. These look delicious! I want to make them for Easter. Do cupcakes with cream cheese icing need to be refrigerated until ready to serve??

    • Liz Fourez says:

      I don’t believe they need refrigeration. I checked a few other references, and I think they should be okay! Hope you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂

  10. So this is the best orange cream cheese frosting EVER! I used it with a dark chocolate cake for my dad’s birthday and it was a hit. I linked up to you to give you ALL the delicious credit on my blog when I put up the cake post! Feel free to check it out!

    http://soundsandsweetayers.blogspot.com/2014/08/golf-cake-upgrade.html

    Thanks for the yummy recipe!

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