The best Oil-free Carrot Cupcakes! Yes, I said it! And no, they are not dry or dense. They are the exact opposite! Super moist and fluffy, plus they last this way for days. I can not wait for you to try them and love them! Made with the perfect combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, topped with Cream cheese and Mascarpone frosting. You don’t what to miss this recipe! Plus they are very easy to make.
As I have mentioned before I don’t like using vegetable oil (except olive oil) due to its negative impact on the body. But for this recipe using olive oil wasn’t very suitable. And just because it’s a dessert, not a salad it doesn’t mean “It doesn’t matter” what you put in it. Of course, it does!
So for this recipe, I am using Sour Cream instead of oil and it works perfectly. It provides the fat it needs and makes the Oil-free Carrot Cupcakes super moist and fluffy.
The combination of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg adds so much flavor and warmth. The pieces of walnuts add a crunchy texture. Oh, and the frosting… Cream cheese and Mascarpone! So tasty and not heavy as buttercream. It’s an explosion of flavor, you don’t want to miss.
And do you know what else is great about this recipe? IT’S SUPER EASY TO MAKE!!!
All you have to do is combine the dry ingredient. Whisk the eggs with sour cream. Add that to the dry ingredient, plus the shredded carrots and chopped walnuts. Mix. And bake. Making the frosting is just as easy. While the cupcakes are baking combine the cream cheese and mascarpone with the powder sugar, transfer to a piping bag and keep in the fridge till the cupcakes are baked and cooled. Easy, right?
By the way, if you don’t have both cream cheese and mascarpone, you can use one or the other, just double the amount.
I use a piping bag for the frosting without any nozzle. I just cut the tip of the bag. If you would like to create a different shape you can use any large piping tips.
But if you don’t have any piping bags, you can simply just use a spoon or spreading knife to shape the frosting. It might look a little messier but it will still taste delicious. The chopped walnuts on top will cover any imperfections.
Any Carrot cake lovers will appreciate this recipe. It’s perfect for parties, birthdays, and anyone who wants a quick and easy recipe. Plus a little healthier.
❥ To store the cupcakes keep them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Let them come to room temperature before eating.
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And if you would like to try some of my other recipes I recommend:
COCONUT ALMOND AND DULCE DE LECHE COOKIES – These babies are also very easy to make and super delicious!
CARDAMOM AND GOLDEN RAISIN SCONES – I love these scones so much! The combination of cardamom and golden raisins is just perfect!
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The Best Oil-Free Carrot Cupcakes
- 180 g AP Flour 1.5 cup
- 1 t Cinnamon
- 1/4 t Ginger Powder
- 1/8 t Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 t Salt
- 1/2 t Baking Soda
- 1 t Baking Powder
- 100 g Brown Sugar 1/2 cup – packed
- 100 g Raw Cane Sugar 1/2 cup
- 2 140-150g Carrots – small/medium
- 120 g Chopped Walnuts
- 150 g Sour Cream
- 2 Eggs
For the Frosting
- 420 g Cream Cheese/Mascarpone
- 90 g Powder Sugar
- Preheat the oven to 350F(180C)
- Grate the carrots.
- Chop the walnuts.
- In a bowl sift the flour. Add the spices, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and both sugars. Mix.
- In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and the sour cream.
- Add the wet to the dry and gently fold. Halfway through the fold add half of the chopped walnuts and grated carrots. Fold few more times just till incorporated, don't over mix.
- Add cupcake holders (paper or silicone) to a cupcake pan. Fill each one with the batter 2/3 from the top, so they have enough space to rise. Transfer to the oven and bake for about 30min. Depending on your oven it can take more or less. Start checking after 20min by inserting a toothpick at the center, if it comes out clean, they are ready.
- While the cupcakes are baking make the frosting.
- In a stand mixer or hand mixer, using the paddle attachment combine the cream cheese, mascarpone, and powder sugar. Mix till smooth. Transfer to a piping bag, and keep in the fridge till the cupcakes are baked and cooled.* If you would like to pipe the frosting with a certain shape, you can use a nozzle. I just cut the end of the piping bag.* If you don't have a piping bag, you can simply just use a spoon or a spreading knife to shape the frosting on top. It will be messier but still tasty, and the walnuts will cover any unperfections.
- Once the cupcakes are baked transfer them to a cooling rack. Cool and frost. Deep each cupcake into the remaining chopped walnuts, and have a bite 😉