Monday, October 8, 2012

What I Baked // October Edition: Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

Hello and happy Monday Darlings!

Well this weekend was certainly another busy one and has unfortunately left me with a little fall cold of sorts, but nothing some hot tea and a nice big bowl of soup can't cure.  In my case of the sniffles, I always get the urge to bake up something sweet and delicious - I blame that fully on my sweet-tooth.  Anyhow, these pumpkin carrot cupcakes with maple cinnamon frosting have been a favorite since Autumn began and this was my fifth time giving these little cakes a go because they are just that yummy and easy to make.

What You Need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
15 oz. can pumpkin puree
2 cups shredded carrots
½ cup sweetened coconut flakes

1/2 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and baking soda and set aside.

In a medium bowl blend eggs, sugar, applesauce and pumpkin puree.  Add in flour mixture until well combined followed by shredded carrots and coconut flakes.

Pour in to lined cupcake tins ⅔ full.  Bake for 18-20 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack.

Make sure the butter & cream cheese are SOFT. Beat the butter in bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese and beat together until well blended.

Add the maple syrup and cinnamon. Mix until well combined.

Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy, and frosting consistency is formed.

 **If frosting is too thick for your liking, you can add 1 tablespoon of milk at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.**.

Pipe a dollop of frosting onto the cakes, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and Enjoy!

(Recipe adapted from here & here)

Is your pumpkin craving satisfied?

Before going I just want to thank everyone who stopped by our blog hop.  It's been fun meeting many of you and discovering so many gorgeous blogs.  

Now I'm back to my warm blanket and hot cup of tea.  I'll be back to my normal antics tomorrow.

Catch you then!
Love Bunches, 


  1. girl I love your new design!
    and these look delissshhhh.

  2. These look simply fantastic. I get the urge to bake pretty much every day. Especially during the colder months! I will certainly have to try these out at some point this fall! Hope your sniffles go away very soon my dear!!

  3. This looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

  4. oh poo! I totally got a cold over the weekend too, but ended up baking a ton. (scones scones scones for me!) I have been trying to figure out what to do with the extra maple syrup I have stored, but I am so tired of pancakes and waffles. Another recipe to try, Marisa! thanks for sharing it!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  5. We don't eat a lot of pumpkin in the UK but I'm hoping to rectify that this year

  6. And sorry I meant to say, they look gorgeous, you're a great baker! Xxx

  7. This sounds sooooo awesome! I will definitily try to bake these cupcakes... or maybe I make a cake out of same ingredients. Do you think that will work too? And I usually don't eat much sugar, so I might try to make half sugar half honey... I will tell you how it was :)

  8. These look so amazing! And sorry you're feeling poorly, but hey at least you got some delicious baked goods out of it! I'm obsessed with baking this fall, so I'll defo try out this recipe. xx

  9. These cupcakes look awesome; I'm drooling, haha! :P I seriously need to try one of your recipes the next time there's a family gathering.

    Hope you get over that cold soon!


  10. Oh my gooood, these sound absolutely AMAZING!! I am obsessed with pumpkin and carrot muffins and cupcakes. I am definitely making these soon

  11. I found you via blog hop too!
    I bet that the maple frosting makes this ten times more delicious! Awesome combo!
    Warm blanket & tea = perfect fall coupling.

  12. This sounds SO yummy!! Love this recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  13. I love your recipes!! Looks so delicious!
    xx Viola

  14. I wonder if its possible to turn orange from eating too much pumpkin? Do I care? Nope!


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