Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

by Carol Kicinski on March 26, 2015

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Easter is coming up and if you are looking for a lovely dessert to serve, I have one – gluten-free carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Personally I love cupcakes for any occasion, even holidays. I mean after all, a cupcake is a whole celebration that fits in the palm of your hand. And how cool is that?

When I think Easter, I think bunnies. And when I think bunnies, I think carrots. And when I think carrots, I think carrot cupcakes! Follow my reasoning?

These cupcakes are ever so pretty even without the candied orange zest garnish. But the zest is so easy to make, I urge you to give it a try. After all, a little extra effort for a holiday is expected, right?

By the way, these cupcakes are so pretty they graced the cover of our March April issue of Simply Gluten Free Magazine. For more Easter ideas, make sure to check it out!

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Gluten Free Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ingredients

Carrot Cupcakes

1 cup sugar
¾ cup grapeseed or other neutral-tasting vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1½ teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup gluten-free flour blend 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
½ pound carrots, grated (about 1½ cups)
½ cup raisins
½ cup walnuts, optional

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese or dairy-free cream cheese, at room temperature
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter or dairy-free buttery sticks, at room temperature
? teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
½ pound powdered sugar

Candied Orange Zest

3 medium oranges (about 1½ pounds)
2 cups sugar, divided use
1 cup water

Directions

Carrot Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line 12 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper liners.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugar, oil, vanilla, orange juice, and zest on medium speed. Reduce the speed to low and add the eggs one at a time, mixing well until each egg is fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add half of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Add the carrots, raisins, and walnuts (if using) to the remaining flour mixture and toss well to coat. Add to the batter and mix well with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups.

Bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. When completely cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and garnish with candied orange zest if desired.

Cream Cheese Frosting

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese, butter, salt, and vanilla on medium speed. Turn the mixer off and sift in the powdered sugar. Turn the mixer on low and beat until smooth.

Candied Orange Zest

With a citrus zester, peel off thin strips of orange peel from the oranges. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Add the orange peel and boil for 20 minutes.

Place 1 cup sugar in a bowl. Strain the orange peel from the liquid, add to the sugar, and toss to coat. Separate the candied peels and allow to dry on a piece of waxed paper or foil for several hours.

Servings:

Makes 12

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Patricia Fredal April 8, 2016 at 6:17 pm

THANK YOU FOR POSTING GLUTEN FREE RECIPES – THERE ARE NEVER ENOUGH OUT THERE. I’M A BIT FRUSTRATED HOWEVER WITH THE CONSTANT INCLUSION OF PREBLENDED PRODUCTS (SUCH AS YOUR OWN SPECIAL GLUTEN FLOUR BLEND OR CUPCAKE MIXES). WOULD BE NICE IF YOU WOULD KEEP IT NON-SELF PROMOTING ONCE IN AWHILE.

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Carol Kicinski April 18, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Patricia,
You’re welcome :) Also, for any of the recipes that call for my flour, you can make your own using this recipe: https://simplygluten-free.com/blog/2008/01/carols-all-purpose-gluten-free-flour-blend.html
Hope that helps!
xo,
Carol

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Sherri Hintz June 12, 2016 at 9:27 am

I am a diabetic and I need to eat Gluten free

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