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.
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  • Yields: 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
1. Sift together all the dry ingredients.
2. Mix applesauce,vanilla,oil,coconut,applesauce,carrot juice along with carrots and mix well.
3. Now add both wet and dry ingredients together and stir in walnuts.
4. In a lined muffin pan, divide the dough into the cups. This recipe makes approx 10-12 cupcakes.
5. Bake for 20-25min in a 350F oven, until a skewer comes out clean when inserted in the middle. Cool it in a rack.
6. 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. :)

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By Rose Martine on Dec 31, 2019

I so enjoy your site and your recipes. Would you please consider adding a print option so we can enjoy your recipes a little more easily. Thank you.

By TkP on May 24, 2017

I want to make these for a niece who is allergic to egg. In directions on how to make you have applesauce twice. Is one of those suppose to be the sugars?

Oh, it's a mistake. Its just once. Sorry about that. I use applesauce here to replace for eggs. --DK

By Vijetaa S.Maney on Dec 8, 2014

Plz mail me how to make apple sauce as want to make for my son

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By Sravanthi on Feb 18, 2014

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.. Sravanthi

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

By DS on Jan 1, 2014

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

By eses on Dec 16, 2013

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

By Lizzz on Mar 8, 2013

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

By Michelle on Nov 27, 2012

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!

By Sharmila on Mar 1, 2012

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

By krishna on Dec 21, 2011

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 :

By krishna on Dec 20, 2011

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

By Neelam on Jul 6, 2011

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 !!!

By Sophie on Apr 4, 2010

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

By Suruchi on Nov 27, 2009

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

By Suruchi on Nov 6, 2009

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 :)

By Hema on Jun 4, 2009

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

By Purnima on Apr 15, 2009

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!

By Purnima on Apr 15, 2009

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!

By Sara on Mar 30, 2009

These cupcakes look awesome!

By Sunshinemom on Jan 12, 2009

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

By Siri on Nov 22, 2008

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..:))


By Madhu on Nov 20, 2008

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

By Medhaa on Nov 20, 2008

perfect, must have tasted great with mascarpone

By Happy cook on Nov 20, 2008

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

By Madhuram on Nov 20, 2008

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.

By Priya on Nov 20, 2008

Cupcakes looks divine..delicious..

By jayasree on Nov 19, 2008

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

By Vibaas on Nov 19, 2008

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

By rekhas kitchen on Nov 19, 2008

wow they looks amazing DK book marked

By Uma on Nov 19, 2008

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

By Curry Leaf on Nov 19, 2008

Lovely and lovely.Healthy as well

By Divya Kudua on Nov 19, 2008

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

By Divya Vikram on Nov 19, 2008

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