Carrot, Orange And Hazelnut Cupcakes….

Carrot, Orange And Hazelnut Cupcakes….


  • 300g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 300ml sunflower oil
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 300g carrots, peeled and grated
  • 100g chopped, roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 250g cream cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (325°F) Gas 3. 
  2. Put the sugar, eggs and oil in a freestanding electric mixer with a paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk) and beat until all the ingredients are well incorporated (don’t worry if the mixture looks slightly split).
  3. Slowly add the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt and vanilla extract and continue to beat until well mixed. 
  4. Stir in the grated carrots, chopped hazelnuts and orange zest by hand until they are all evenly dispersed.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared 48 mini muffin or 32 muffin cases.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes for mini cupcakes and 15 – 18 minutes for standard cupcakes, or until golden brown and the sponge bounces back when touched.
  7. Leave the cakes to cool slightly in the tins before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely. 
  8. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting by beating together the icing sugar, butter and cream cheese until it’s light and fluffy.
  9. When the cakes are cold, ice with the cream cheese frosting and decorate with whatever you fancy.
  10. (chopped hazelnuts, a sprinkling of ground cinnamon, edible glitter…)

About this post –

Recipe and photo credit by Vintage Feast


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  1. Heather{Our Life In a Click}
    14th March 2013 / 12:42 pm

    These sound so different and delicious!

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:15 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. Judy Haughton-James
    14th March 2013 / 2:27 pm

    These are so beautiful Claire and I am sure oh so delicious! Have a good Thursday.

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:16 pm

      I can't wait to make some 🙂

  3. Katherine Phillips
    14th March 2013 / 4:45 pm

    These look so delicious!!!

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. Winnie
    14th March 2013 / 8:04 pm

    These are GREAT !!Definitely my kind of cupcakesPinned

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:16 pm

      Thanks Winnie 🙂

  5. Joanne Rawson
    15th March 2013 / 9:40 am

    My hubby will love these, thanks.

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  6. Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    15th March 2013 / 10:13 am

    Anything that starts out with brown sugar has to be good. Visiting from your other blog post's blog hop.

    • Claire Justine
      15th March 2013 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks for the comment, mmm I love brown sugar too 🙂

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