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Maple Carrot Cupcakes Recipe

Maple Carrot Cupcakes Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:18 servings


  • 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
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 cups grated carrots (about 6 medium)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Walnuts, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the first six 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 at 350° 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. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional 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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Reviewed Mar. 11, 2018

"I followed the recipe exactly as written for the cupcakes & they turned out wonderful! I used my own cream cheese recipe for the frosting, adding some maple syrup to it."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2016

"I made these last night. They turned out great. More of a muffin though, I thought. I didn't put the cream cheese on top but have no doubt it would be delicious. My family just doesn't care for cream cheese.

Someone asked about making only half the recipe. I did this a few weeks ago and it was just fine.
Also, regarding maple syrup- use the real thing. It's the best but I'm biased since my family produces maple syrup and we have lots of it to use!!!!"

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015


This is an amazing recipe, but instead of making muffins I turn it into a slab cake! I also add icing sugar to icing which makes it very creamy and everyone loves it!"

Reviewed Oct. 28, 2014

"Did other reviewers use real maple syrup, or just the regular pancake type syrup? (ie Aunt Jemima or Mrs Butterworths)"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"These were fantastic. The maple flavor really came through and made the finished product unique. I had no issues with the rising or otherwise."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"teryn69 we have made these for years, and years, and never once had a problem with them rising. Maybe you can check your baking powder, sometimes if it's old, it does not work as well!!! Hope you give them another try...they truly do come out great for us each time! =)"

Gramma Amy
Reviewed May. 13, 2014

"Super moist and good. I love the taste of the maple syrup as the sweetener in both the cake and frosting. The frosting is not at all too sweet as many frostings are. Plenty of batter, and I got 24 nicely rounded cupcakes from it. This is now a favorite cupcake at our house!"

Reviewed May. 12, 2014

"Glad I read the reviews about the thin frosting before I made it so I added 1 cup of powered sugar to the icing which turned out great and was delicious. However, before I even got to frost the cupcakes, my son ate several unfrosted and raved about how good they were! He then tried one with frosting and felt that the frosting hid the wonderful flavor of the cupcake."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"I don't know about these. I'm in the middle of baking them, and the first batch just didn't rise! They fall as they're cooling. I filled 2/3 full and they're not at the top of the paper!! All my ingredients are fresh, so I don't know why they wouldn't rise. I tasted one, I'm not sure it's even done? My first ever fail Taste of Home recipe. :("

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"I think there is an ingredient missing. This is a terrible recipe. Frosting is awful and the cupcakes do not taste good. I was very disappointed, this is the first Taste of Home recipe that has FAILED for me. NO STARS!!! The only reason one star is given is because I couldn't submit without one! Where the 5 Stars came from is beyond me!"

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