Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Dulce de Leche Cream Cheese Frosting

When I suggested to Kara that we try carrot cake cupcakes she was surprisingly game. Maybe baking a dessert that she wouldn’t go near sounded more appealing than baking a dessert she couldn’t resist. My problem lies in the fact that there are no desserts I don’t like. I love all sweets! It’s kind of an issue actually. I honestly can’t think of 1 dessert I wouldn’t gobble up if set in front of me.

When we started looking for recipes most of them included crushed pineapple. At first I really disliked that idea. The thought of pineapple mixed with carrot cake did not sound appetizing. After all, shouldn’t it all be about the carrot??? After going back and forth we ended up trying one with pineapple anyway and they were a huge success. I think the pineapple mainly adds moistness and an extra bit of sweet. The carrot is still the star of the show. But in a good way, not in a veggie way.

We topped our cupcakes with a delectable dulce de leche cream cheese frosting and gave half of the cupcakes to a lady Cliff works with and the other half my Mom brought to work. I’m glad there weren’t any leftover that I could munch on because I definitely would have devoured them! The frosting was absolutely amazing. These cupcakes were a nice change of pace for someone like me who bakes chocolate 95% of the time. It taught me that there are other flavors out there, like carrot, just waiting for me to fall in love with.

Here's what you'll need

Crush the walnuts and pop them in the oven for a few minutes

In a large bowl whisk together carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, coconut, pineapple and walnuts

In another bowl combine flour, baking power, baking soda, salt cinnamon, ginger and cloves

Slowly incorporate the dry into the wet

Pour the batter into the prepared liners like so

Looking scrumptious!

Now for the frosting, start by beating the cream cheese until smooth

Gradually add the confectioners' sugar

Add in a couple of tablespoons of dulce de leche. YUM!!

These are frosted and taste fantastic!





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