Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

The Eleventh Hour was the first Doctor Who episode I ever watched and I’ve loved Matt Smith ever since. He made not only bow ties cool, but fezzes and Stetsons as well. His portrayal of The Doctor, fun, loving, a bit mad, and ultimately tragic, has been nothing but brilliant. I’m sure his final episode will make everyone have the feels.

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant. And we definitely added to his pile of good things.
– The Eleventh Doctor, Vincent and The Doctor

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 12 cupcakes


  • Cupcakes
  • ½ cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • Frosting
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


    For cupcakes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat coconut oil and sugar together for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, applesauce, and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix until combined. Fold in carrots, walnuts, and sour cream.
  5. Pour batter into lined cupcake tins and fill about 2/3 of the way full. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool cupcakes completely.
  7. For frosting:
  8. Cream butter and cream cheese for 1-2 minutes.
  9. Add powdered sugar a little at a time while mixing with a hand mixer. Once all sugar is incorporated, beat for 1-2 minutes more.
  10. Add vanilla and milk. Beat for another minute.
  11. For assembly:
  12. After cupcakes have cooled completely, top with frosting.

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