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carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog
carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

Small batch carrot cake cupcakes are the new thing.  Rather than eating healthier this year, maybe we can all just make less to begin with.  (That is completely logical, isn’t it?)

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

But on a serious note, as I mentioned in my small batch walnut brownies post, my goal for 2018 is to shift my focus to small batch recipes.  I’ve also decided to make a few changes to the blog, and have three main categories as my overall focus.  More of that to come … 🙂

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and a small batch of carrot cake cupcakes is exactly what you’ll need after your delicious home cooked meal.  I personally don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day (even though I live in the city where Hallmark was created), but I love when people get into it.  Cooking at home is so romantic, and I fully support the thoughtfulness of making dinner for your loved ones.  That’s what the day is all about, right?  Celebrating love.  And what better way to show someone you love them, than through food?  <3

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

When I eat carrot cake (or desserts in general), I always crave a cup of coffee to pair with it.  Kind of like doughnuts and coffee in the morning, I think dessert and coffee (decaffinated if you prefer, of course) go hand-in-hand.  

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

I also think of my mom and dad (who have been married for 40 years in May of this year) sharing a small, sweet treat with a cup of coffee as we all relaxed in the living room some evenings.  I’ve been lucky to experience the 40 years of their love firsthand, and it’s nothing short of beautiful and admirable beyond words.  They are both teachers, and taught in the same school for over thirty years together.  They raised three of us crazy children, and never once let us experience a major disagreement between them.  To say I admire my parents is the understatement of the year.

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

We made carrot cake for my dad’s birthday a couple of years ago, and my brother grated carrot for me as I mixed all of the ingredients together.  We were sitting in my aunt’s kitchen, imbibing and laughing on Thanksgiving Eve  (my dad is a late-November baby), and those moments with my family are the times my heart is the most full.  Carrot cake holds a special place in my heart solely because of that moment, as well.

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

So, in a way, these small batch carrot cake cupcakes come full circle for me.  They represent a sense of love, and a sense of togetherness.  That’s why I made them just in time to share for Valentine’s Day.  To share the love.  🙂 This recipe makes four carrot cake cupcakes.  Two for now, and two for later. 🙂  Top them with cream cheese frosting, or your favorite frosting!

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog

Happy 2018 everyone! *recipe updated April 17, 2020*

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carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. :) small batch carrot cake cupcakes | a flavor journal food blog
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small batch carrot cake cupcakes

carrot cake cupcakes are condensed to a small batch recipe, making four total cupcakes. two for now, and two for later. 🙂 
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time17 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: carrot cake cupcakes
Servings: 4 carrot cakes cupcakes
Author: sara a.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger powder
  • tiny pinch nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup grated carrot
  • oil spray
  • cream cheese frosting

Instructions

  • Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium bowl, combine: the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.  Whisk the five dry ingredients together, then create a well in the middle of the bowl.
  • In the well, add the egg, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vegetable oil.  Use a fork to whisk and stir all ingredients together.  Pour in the vanilla, and continue mixing with the fork until you have a very smooth and creamy mixture.  Fold in the carrots, just until they are combined with the mixture.
  • Spray the oil spray into four wells of a standard size muffin tin until they are fully coated, or use cupcake liners.  Spoon the carrot cake batter into each well (or liner) until 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until each carrot cake passes the "clean toothpick" test. (Slide a toothpick into the center of each carrot cake, and be sure it comes out clean!)
  • Remove muffin tin from the oven, and allow the carrot cakes to cool completely.  Frost with cream cheese frosting, or a frosting of your choice. 

Notes

*this recipe was updated on 4.17.2020*
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    • Kate Minor
    • February 5, 2018
    Reply

    Yum! I love carrot cake. Thanks for the small batch recipe. I don’t bake all that often because I am afraid of having tons of baked goods around and what it would do to my waist line!

    1. Reply

      Ditto, Kate! I’m so in love with small batch baked goods. Then there’s less temptation! 😄

      • a flavor journal
      • February 6, 2018
      Reply

      It’s so much easier to just enjoy a couple, and not have the rest lying around to tempt you! I so hope you enjoy them!! <3

  1. Reply

    This would be perfect for me. I am the only one in the house that likes carrot cake. Woo Hoo….all for me…and I don’t have to share either.

      • a flavor journal
      • February 6, 2018
      Reply

      Ha! It’s meant to be!! <3

    • Dishes Delish
    • February 6, 2018
    Reply

    I love the idea of small batches! Because if I make a big batch, I’ll eat it all. I can’t wait to try your recipe! My thighs thank you! 🙂 Your cupcakes look so delicious!

      • a flavor journal
      • February 6, 2018
      Reply

      Hahaha. Thank you so much! The smaller quantities without giving up the taste is a good move in my book!

    • Melville Nicoletta
    • February 6, 2018
    Reply

    I agree on how romantic it is cooking at home for a Valentine’s dinner. And after, sharing a delicious carrot cake cupcake. They are so pretty with that high dome and the frosting! Also my parents have a lot to teach me, the celebrated their 50th last year :-).

      • a flavor journal
      • February 6, 2018
      Reply

      Congratulations to your parents on their 50th! 😀 How amazing!! And I’m so glad you feel the same about home cooking on Valentine’s Day. It’s so romantic!

    • Patricia Miller
    • February 7, 2018
    Reply

    I completely understand you rationale for making a small batch of carrot cupcakes, but when it’s this delicious, why would you want, to? I agree with you about a home cooked meal being the best for Valentine’s Day. I think it’s so much more romantic to stay home rather than go out and fight crowds. I completely appreciate your parents relationship, too. I only ever heard my parents argue once when I was growing up. It’s a very high bar they’ve set as role models.

    • Mama Maggie's Kitchen
    • August 1, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    My son has always loved cupcakes. I am sure he will love this Carrot cake cupcakes even more!

    1. Reply

      I hope he does, Maggie! We LOVE them around here!

  2. Reply

    These cupcakes are adorable! What a great, classic recipe. I’m with you that carrot cakes are amongst the best cake flavors so I’ll have to give these little cuties a try soon!

  3. Reply

    These cupcakes are adorable! What a great, classic recipe. I’m with you that carrot cakes are amongst the best cake flavors so I’ll have to give these little cuties a try soon!

    1. Reply

      I hope you do, Lizzy! And thank you!

  4. Reply

    5 stars
    I LOVE small batch recipes! I’m the only one in my house that loves carrot cake, so making these for myself is perfect!! Cant wait to try it!

    1. Reply

      I love small batch recipes, too! I hope you love this one, Kylee! Let me know how it goes!

    • Kate
    • August 3, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    I really like the idea of small batch cupcakes! Just enough to have a nice treat, without a bunch of leftovers hanging around. These carrot cake cupcakes look so delicious too!

  5. Reply

    5 stars
    Love these cupcakes! Carrot cake is one of my favourite cake recipes but never made it as cupcakes. Great idea! Love your cream cheese frosting too!

  6. Reply

    5 stars
    Wow!! These carrot cakes are simply amazing. Want to give it a try very soon. Thanks for sharing such a lovely recipe.

  7. Reply

    Thank you for showing us how to make a small batch of cupcakes. Sometimes you just need a quick fix.

    • Charity
    • August 4, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    This is brilliant! My hubby and I need small batch dessert recipes so we can get *ahem* a little smaller! Saving this recipe. Thanks!

    • Sara
    • August 4, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    Maybe I shouldn’t have looked at this recipe. I am going to be obsessed with making these this week, because there is nothing like carrot cake. Your photos are stunning!

    • Daniela
    • August 5, 2019
    Reply

    Your carrot cupcake pics are precious! And love that its small batch friendly! Thanks so much for sharing :).

    • Ana
    • August 5, 2019
    Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you for such a great recipe! It’s only my hubby and I so I hate to waste. So delicious!

    • Hannah
    • April 11, 2020
    Reply

    YES! I am so glad to have found this. Tomorrow is Easter and I used all but one egg in my overnight breakfast bake and then decided that I wanted carrot cake cupcakes! Plus, 4 is the perfect amount for us! Thanks!!

    1. Reply

      I’m so glad you found it too, Hannah! I hope you love them!!

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