Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

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I absolutely love making carrot cake and it’s turned into one of our children’s favourite bakes too. But sometimes you don’t want to make a whole carrot cake and so carrot fairy cakes can be a great alternative.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

These individual perfect carrot cake cupcakes taste just like a traditional carrot cake and are perfect for a buffet spread, Easter gathering or party. They’re a really versatile cake that everyone will love and look fantastic too.

What do you need for this Easter carrot cupcakes recipe?

For this recipe we use typical cake ingredients – eggs, sugar and flour plus so much to give that carrot cake taste – orange zest and orange juice, grated carrots and mixed spice plus dried fruit which gives a lovely texture to the bake too. I also use oil instead of butter to make the cakes lovely and moist.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

A lot of people add nuts to their home made carrot cakes so feel free to add some mixed nuts or chopped walnuts if you like them in your carrot cake. You can also use any dried fruit you like although we tend to use cheap dried mixed fruit or simply raisins or sultanas.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

How do you finish these easy carrot cupcakes?

We top these homemade carrot cakes with a classic cream cheese frosting recipe using Philadelphia, icing sugar, butter and vanilla extract. You could buy ready made frosting or simply top with an icing sugar and water mix but I think the cream cheese icing gives a really classic finish. Although we use Philadelphia you could use any cream cheese you like for the topping.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

How long do these cakes keep for?

Due to the cream cheese frosting, we keep these cakes in the fridge until serving but bring them back to room temperature before they’re eaten. They keep well in an airtight container for a few days but, honestly, they never last that long – the kids love them!

If you’re looking for more cake recipes to try, here’s our Lemon Bakewell Tarts, Lemon Bakewell Slice and Mini Egg Brownies recipes. You can see all our recipes to date here.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

What equipment do you need to make these Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes?

You will no doubt have most of the equipment you need for this recipe at home already but, in case it helps, here are the things we use to bake these cakes at home:

These are pretty much staples for baking in any home kitchen and once you have them you won’t need to replace them often.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

So here’s our delicious Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes recipe

Makes: 8 large cupcakes or 16 smaller fairy cakes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 165 g light brown sugar 
  • 120 ml vegetable/sunflower oil
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 100g dried fruit

Topping

  • 115g butter, room temperature
  • 220g Philadelphia cream cheese, room temperature
  • 400g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Carrot decorations

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 180C
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases
  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  • Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top
  • Leave to cool completely
  • When cool, mix the butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla until it’s a suitable consistency. You can then either pipe or spoon the mixture on top of the cakes.
  • Top each cake with a carrot decoration and enjoy

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Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

These carrot cake fairy cakes are a fantastic spring treat. Tasting just like a big carrot cake, they are fresh and light and full of flavour.
Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British
Keyword baking
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 cakes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 180 g self-raising flour
  • 165 g light brown sugar
  • 120 ml vegetable/sunflower oil
  • Zest and juice of one orange
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 100 g dried fruit

Topping

  • 115 g butter room temperature
  • 220 g Philadelphia cream cheese room temperature
  • 400 g icing sugar sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Carrot decorations

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 180C
  • Line a muffin tin with cupcake cases
  • Put all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well
  • Spoon into the paper cases and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown on top
  • Leave to cool completely
  • When cool, mix the butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and vanilla until it’s a suitable consistency. You can then either pipe or spoon the mixture on top of the cakes.
  • Top each cake with a carrot decoration and enjoy

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

Carrot Cake Fairy Cakes Recipe

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