Moist and pleasantly spiced, these cupcakes are like mini carrot cakes. Adding fruits, like raisins and pineapple, and vegetables to baked goods is a way to get more nutritional bang for your caloric buck.—Bre England, Indianapolis, Indiana
I learned to make this yummy cake in a microwave cooking class more than 15 years ago. I keep cans of cream cheese frosting in the cupboard and usually have the rest of the ingredients on hand. It's nice to invite company for dinner at the last minute and have a great homemade dessert in no time.
-Judie Arnold, East Peoria, Illinois
I come from a line of family cooks and have liked to cook and bake since I was young. Mother and Grandmom were always in the kitchen cooking up something delicious. These carrot cupcakes were Grandmom's specialty, and we always have them at family gatherings. —Lisa Ann Panzino DiNunzio, Vineland, New Jersey
To try to get my family to eat more vegetables, I often "hide" nutritional foods inside sweet treats. The carrots add wonderful moistness to these cupcakes, which have a rich cream cheese frosting. Now we can have our cake and eat our vegetables, too! —Doreen Kelly, Rosyln, Pennsylvania
A handy spice cake mix gets a tasty treatment when dressed up with shredded carrots and chopped walnuts. The mini carrot cakes are eye-catching, too, when decorated with cream cheese frosting carrots and parsley sprigs for the green tops. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
A pleasingly moist cake, this treat is the one I requested that my mom make each year for my birthday. It's dotted with sweet carrots and a hint of cinnamon. The fluffy buttery frosting is scrumptious with chopped walnuts stirred in. One piece of this cake is never enough!—Kim Orr, West Grove, Pennsylvania
Mark and I planned to be wed on a mountain on a friend's ranch, but a snowstorm sent us to our alternate plan— a local country museum. Our friend Sandy Howe made a sheet cake using this recipe. Chock-full of nuts, pineapple and coconut, it's our favorite.
Bring these extra-special cupcakes to your next bake sale and watch how quickly they disappear—if your family doesn't gobble them up first! Kids will go for the fun appearance and tasty toppings while adults will appreciate the moist spiced cake underneath. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
A cousin gave me this carrot cake recipe. It's a wonderful potluck pleaser with its "surprise" cream cheese center. My husband and our two young children love it, too! —Lisa Bowen, Little Britian, Ontario
This tasty treat was my first successful attempt at baking light. The ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg give it a familiar spice cake flavor...and raisins and shredded carrots help keep it moist. —Hilary Carroll of Dearborn, Michigan