Eggless Carrot Cupcakes

By DK on Nov 19, 2008
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
P.S. This recipe got a mention at LA times :)I love carrots - the versatility that it offers, the beautiful orange color, the sweetish yet not overly sweet taste, the health benefits adds up to the wonderfulness of this vegetable. I always was a fan of carrots halwa so i was sure that I would love them in baked goodies too. Carrot cupcakes are American favorites and although usually served with Cream cheese frosting, I made a change by going for Mascarpone Frosting - well mostly cos, I ran out of cream cheese and thought to use up some of the Mascarpone cheese lying in my fridge. Am glad that I did. This cupcake - made eggless - with this frosting is to die for. Dont take my word for it. Try it. I have made it more healthy by cutting unnecessary fats.
Basic Information
Prep Time: Under 30 min
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Yield: Makes around 10-12 cupcakes
  • For the cupcakes
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Carrot juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar/brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/3 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dry coconut
  • For the Mascarpone Frosting
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup mascarpone
  • 1/2 cup confectioner sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
If you want to Bake using Microwave pls refer to these articles:
1) How to Bake in Microwave
2) How to Bake in Microwave Convection Oven

For making Substitutions please refer my handy chart:
1) Baking substitutions
2) Egg Substitutions
Sift together all the dry ingredients.
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
Mix applesauce,vanilla,oil,coconut,applesauce,carrot juice along with carrots and mix well.
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
Now add both wet and dry ingredients together and stir in walnuts.
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
In a lined muffin pan, divide the dough into the cups. This recipe makes approx 10-12 cupcakes.
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
Bake for 20-25min in a 350F oven, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Cool it in a rack.
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
To make Frosting : Add the butter and cheese together and whisk it until it is smooth. Add the sugar,vanilla and zest and whisk somemore. Now top it on the cupcakes and serve. :)
Carrot cupcakes with mascarpone cheese frosting
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30 Responses to “Eggless Carrot Cupcakes”
  1. Sravanthi

    Hi DK,
    The cupcakes were scrumptious and the frosting was to die for.. I couldnt find mascarpone cheese at my local grocery store so used low fat cream cheese and it was devine.. Thanks for a tasty and guilt free recipie..

    Cream cheese frosting is one of the best inventions made by man! :) I am so glad to know you liked Sravanthi :) . Thank you so much. –DK

  2. DS

    What do you mean by carrot juice?
    How many calories per muffin?
    Thanks, looks really delicious.

  3. can I make all the recipe with all purpose flour ? so it’ll be 1 1/4 cup flour ? or it make a difference?

  4. We do not have applesauce available from our location. So how to make them? Can we substitute? Thanks.

    Do try this if possible. Its easy to put together :) Applesauce (no sugar) recipe –DK

  5. Michelle

    I used your recipe and the cupcakes turned out moist and delicious! But I didn’t know if I should add the sugars to the dry or wet ingredients. I ended up adding them to the wet. Does it make a difference?
    I used coconut oil for the vegetable oil. And I didn’t have allspice so I used pumpkin pie spice. Even with those changes, the cupcakes came out amazing. This is a great recipe. I will definitely make them again!

  6. Sharmila

    I dont see a reply to Krishna’s doubt, which is mine too…can we substitute whole wheat flour? is there any wheat flour specially for pastries?

    No, there isnt any special flour for pastries, to my knowledge. but you can start with whole wheat pastry flour which will give a lighter texture than using all whole wheat –DK

  7. hi again, I am having problems buykng backing soda. where can I buy it from in uk ? is tjere amything I canuse?

    For any substitutes, pls refer my “Tips” section under the Ingredients. Since I am not in UK, I would suggest you post this question in my Facebook Chef In You page where I have lots of members from there. They would probably be able to help you with shops and stuff. Here is the link :

  8. hi thanks for the lasr reply. can I use any Chapathi flour that I have ? you said also before that can mske the apple sause. csn u pls tell me how and also the carrot juice does it hsve to be fresh or shop bought

  9. Neelam

    Wowow was the word when my son had these carrot cupcakes…
    I follow ur site y’all r good cooks m jus a beginner ..but to get a wowo frm my son who is the critic of my house my feeling at that moment was like a child who has gained A+ ..Thanx for sharin ur wonderful recipes & making me good cook
    thanks alot
    God BLess !!!

  10. Unless I’m mistaken, you forgot to say what temperature the oven should be set to..? :)

    Thanks Sophie for pointing out the omission. I have updated it in 5th step – its 350F oven! My bad, sorry :) –DK

  11. Suruchi

    hi! :) i m based in Mumbai—India…Cant get Applesauce..pls let me know how to make it!!! Thanks–Suruchi

  12. Suruchi

    Where does one get applesauce???pls let me know.

    Hi Suruchi, it depends on where you are located at. In US you actually get applesauce. In case of non-availability, pls do let me know. I will post how to make applesauce which is very easy with available ingredients :)

  13. Hema

    Hi, Thanks for the wonderful recipe. It came out beautifully.

  14. Purnima

    DK, hope u get to read this..THANKS yet again for all the uses lined up there! Thats fantastic! Shall b using up the other half this sunday! Tks for the ‘wow’ cheese update! Wishng u a quick n safe shifting!

  15. Purnima

    DK, I frosted first time with Mascarpone, wt this recipe, added a tsp of cocoa in place of lemon zest..oh it was lip smacking, finger licking tasty! Tks for coming up with this long-term-in-use frosting recipe,this is gonna b my regular frost-recipe frm now on!! THANKYOU!
    U have mentioned in this post that u used up the mascarpone, can you kindly let me know more uses of this lovely cheese? Thanks!

  16. Sara

    These cupcakes look awesome!

  17. Sunshinemom

    These have come out really well!! Well done:)

  18. Siri

    arey wah: ek cupcake aur teen waar.. (i mean events).. I can see myself in you now Dhivs..hehehe.. and i love the frosting. I am meaning to make some cupcakes for the longest time.. time to call you and take some tips I guess..:))


  19. Madhu

    Cupp cakes lookes yummy, i have lots of carrots, i would try this…

  20. Medhaa

    perfect, must have tasted great with mascarpone

  21. Happy cook

    These cup cakes are beautiful and that frosting is just creamy delicious

  22. Madhuram

    Very healthy ones DK, with applesauce, carrot juice, whole wheat pastry flour. I usually make Indira’s version which uses mashed bananas, I’ll try this one too. Thanks for the yummy and healthy entry.

  23. Priya

    Cupcakes looks divine..delicious..

  24. jayasree

    The cupcakes are very tempting. And you have made it eggless. Good job.

  25. Vibaas

    Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Love this step by step demo.Very useful for baking dummies like me :) Cake looks awesome, btw.

  26. rekhas kitchen

    wow they looks amazing DK book marked

  27. Uma

    Wow, the cupcakes are just yummy! Gorgeous pics too.

  28. Curry Leaf

    Lovely and lovely.Healthy as well

  29. Divya Kudua

    Yummy cupcakes..the addition of apple sauce and coconut with carrots sounds like a great idea..;-)

  30. Divya Vikram

    They look too inviting Dhiv. Love the addition of apple sauce and coconut.

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