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Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

  • 45 m
  • 2 h
Hilary Meyer
“These moist and delicious cupcakes take on a hint of the tropics thanks to pineapple and coconut. Traditional cream cheese frosting is usually made with regular cream cheese and butter. This version is lightened up by substituting a combination of reduced-fat cream cheese and low-fat Greek yogurt.”

Ingredients

    • Cake
    • 1 cup canned crushed pineapple
    • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 large egg
    • ¾ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ cup buttermilk
    • ¼ cup canola oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup shredded carrots
    • ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut
    • Frosting
    • 8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
    • ¼ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
    • ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons unsweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Directions

  • 1 To prepare cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 12 ( ½-cup) muffin cups with paper liners.
  • 2 Drain pineapple in a sieve set over a bowl, pressing on the solids. (Discard the juice or save for another use.)
  • 3 Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk egg, granulated sugar, buttermilk, oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl until blended. Stir in carrots, walnuts, 2 tablespoons coconut and the drained pineapple. Add the dry ingredients and mix with a rubber spatula just until blended. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.
  • 4 Bake the cupcakes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.
  • 5 To prepare frosting and finish cupcakes: Beat cream cheese, yogurt, confectioners' sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Spread the frosting on the cooled cupcakes (use a scant 2 tablespoons each) and garnish with coconut, if desired.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate the cupcakes for up to 2 days.
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