Baked Sunday Mornings: Classic Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

by byn on April 27, 2014

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Almost eight years ago, I made my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding cake (you can read about that little adventure here). It was carrot cake, and I haven’t eaten it or made it since! The recipe I used was from Anna Olson, and it’s perfect. It’s dense and hydrated and has pineapple in it as well.

Since I knew we had this Classic Carrot Cake on the agenda for this week’s Baked Sunday Morning, I decided to make it last week for Easter dessert when I had my parents over for dinner. Instead of making one big 9×13″ cake, I made cupcakes instead, which made it easier to transport the leftovers to my second Easter dinner on Monday, as well as to work.

This recipe is a dream. This carrot cake baked up so much lighter and fluffier than the ones I’ve made in the past. Instead of pineapple, you stir in toasted coconut and toasted walnuts, which were great additions. I’m against raisins in carrot cake, so I was happy this version didn’t call for them either.

The frosting is a basic cream cheese recipe, but with the addition of cinnamon, which reminds me of the filling for the Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies I make every Christmas.

A note on the yield: I got a little over two dozen cupcakes, so if you don’t need that many, best to cut the recipe in half.

You can find the recipe here!

More Baked Sunday Mornings here!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jenny @ The Brunette Baker April 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm

I love carrot cake, but in cupcake form? Dangerous. And I’m with you on the raisins – they should be banned in most baked goods. Ick. XO

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Susan April 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Great idea to make cupcakes! And I love your little birds. We loved this cake, too!

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Chelly April 28, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Oh my gosh….I love raisins in carrot cake. I guess I am in the minority here. Oh well. Love your cupcakes!

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Yael April 28, 2014 at 12:01 am

No raisins for me either! Love the cupcakes!

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Bourbonnatrix April 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Very nicely done! Good idea to transform the recipe into cupcakes! Love your tulips too!

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Dafna | Stellina Sweets April 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Lots of us in agreement– no raisins!! Nice work, Robyn– cupcakes are beautiful! It’s good to know that the recipe can be made into cupcakes successfully; I was wondering about that. I’ll have to give it a whirl. :)

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SandraM April 27, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Beautiful display. I’ve got tulips on my table (they are a favourite of mine). Good idea making the cupcakes. They look good! And so cute with the birds. :)

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Sheri April 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

OH! A kindred spirit. Raisins in cake are wrong. And I love that you did cupcakes! I don’t know why I didn’t do that.

Tulips… your photo is so pretty!

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