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Maple Carrot Cupcakes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

1-1/2 dozen

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
Maple Carrot Cupcakes Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 6 medium)
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Walnuts, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the first 6 ingredients. In another bowl, beat eggs, oil and syrup. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in carrots.
  2. Fill 18 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
  3. For frosting, combine the cream cheese, butter, syrup and vanilla in a bowl; beat until smooth. Frost cooled cupcakes. Add nuts if desired. Store in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 cupcake: 327 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 243mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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