Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
These vegan carrot cupcakes are sweet, fluffy and lightly spiced. They’re super easy to make and taste delicious topped with some dairy-free cream cheese frosting.
Spring has finally sprung in the UK! At least, it definitely feels less Winter-y, with the longer days and (slightly) warmer weather.
It’s Mother’s Day at the time of writing this post and Easter is just a few short weeks away, which for me means it’s officially the end of Winter. And if you’re a fellow Brit, you’ll KNOW how long and dull our Winters can get.
So naturally, I’ve switched into Spring baking mode! And how much more Spring can you get than carrot cakes?
I created the recipe for these cupcakes using my large carrot cake recipe as a basis and I’m so pleased with how they turned out! I think they look much cuter as smaller cupcakes and they’re a bit easier for beginner bakers.
And I have sooo many ideas for more carrot cake themed baking, so keep an eye out for those!
More vegan Spring and Easter treats:
Need more inspo? See 68 Best Vegan Desserts.
Making these mini carrot cupcakes was really easy. All of the ingredients can be thrown into one bowl and they only take 18 minutes to bake.
They rose beautifully and stayed soft, light and fluffy inside. You could even add finely chopped walnuts to the batter if you like, but I prefer to just have them on top for decoration.
These cupcakes would make a great alternative for a larger birthday or other celebration cake cake, especially at the moment when only small gatherings are allowed.
They’re also great for popping in the freezer and snacking on throughout the month. This is my favourite way to enjoy baked goods- I enjoy eating somewhat healthy throughout the week then defrosting some sweet treats at the weekend!
So whatever you’re making them for, I promise you’ll enjoy them! Let me show you how it’s done…
How to make vegan carrot cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F. If you’re using a fan or convection oven, you’ll need to set the heat to 160°C/325°F instead.
Prepare a cupcake tin with 9 liners and set it aside for now.
Now it’s time to grate your carrots! You’ll need 125g of carrots, weighing them after they have been peeled and had the ends chopped off.
I used 1 very large carrot to get this amount but you can use 2 smaller ones instead if you prefer.
In a large bowl, mix together 100g of soft brown sugar (1/2 cup), 125ml of vegetable oil (1/2 cup) and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Now add in your grated carrots and give it another mix until it’s all well combined.
Next, add in 150g of self-raising flour (1 cup + 2 tablespoons), along with 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ginger and 3 tablespoons of soy milk.
It’s important to make sure you’re using self-raising flour and not plain or all purpose flour as they won’t rise properly otherwise.
If you can’t find self-raising flour, just use plain flour and add 2 teaspoons of baking powder to the recipe too. So it’d be 150g of plain flour, 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda.
Mix everything together thoroughly, making sure you get any dry ingredients that might be stuck to the bottom of the bowl.
You will be left with a cake batter that is quite thick- thicker than a typical cake batter.
Divide the cake batter evenly between your 9 cupcake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes. You can check that they’re done by inserting a toothpick through the centre. If it comes out clean, they’re ready.
Transfer them to a wire rack and leave them to cool completely.
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Making the cream cheese icing
For the icing you can use store-bought like I did, or you can make your own.
If you want to use ready-made icing, you can either use Betty Crocker’s cream cheese style icing or Dr. Oetker’s. Both are accidentally vegan. I used the Betty Crocker one in the photos you see attached to this post.
If you’d like to make your own, here’s how to do it…
In a large bowl, mix together 100g of vegan cream cheese (3.5oz) and 60g of vegan butter (1/4 cup). I find that Violife cream cheese and a block butter such as Stork baking block work best in this recipe.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix it in.
Measure out 315g of icing sugar (2+1/2 cups) and slowly add it to the bowl a little bit at a time.
Be careful not to overmix as this will make the icing more runny.
Transfer the frosting to the fridge for 1 hour to let it firm up a little.
After refrigerating, spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and enjoy. Store the cupcakes in the fridge so that the icing doesn’t melt.
They can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container. If you make your own icing from scratch, I recommend storing them in the fridge as homemade icing won’t have the additives needed to keep it stable at room temperature.
They’ll last for 4-5 days if stored appropriately.
Yes! These cupcakes freeze beautifully. Just pop them into an airtight container and freeze for up to 2 months. They can be frozen with or without the frosting.
To defrost, just transfer them to a plate or wire rack and let them sit at room temperature for a few hours until completely thawed.
I hope you enjoy these cupcakes! Please let me know if you make them yourself by leaving a comment and/or rating below.
Happy baking! xo
Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Lightly spiced carrot cupcakes paired with dairy-free cream cheese frosting.
- 100 g Soft brown sugar (½ cup)
- 125 ml Vegetable oil (½ cup)
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
- 125 g Grated carrots (1 large carrot)
- 150 g Self-raising flour (1 cup + 2 tablespoons)
- ¼ Teaspoon Baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
- ½ Teaspoon Cinnamon
- ¼ Teaspoon Ginger
- 3 Tablespoons Soy milk
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C/325°F if you're using a fan or convection oven). Line a cupcake tray with 9 liners.
In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, oil and vanilla. Add the grated carrots and mix again.
Now add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and soy milk. Give it a good mix until everything is well combined. The batter will be quite thick.
Divide the batter equally between your 9 cake cases and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick through the centre comes out clean.
Transfer the cupcakes to a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Once cooled, top with vegan cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts and enjoy!
- Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If using store-bought icing you can keep them at room temperature but if you make your own icing, keep them in the fridge.