Apple Carrot Cupcake

It’s as if our carrot cake and our apple cake decided to get together and have babies. (What really happened is that my father wanted to make a great 3-layer spice cake from Sunset magazine for the 3rd time in a month and I convinced him that cupcakes would be a better way to go.)

Apple Carrot Cupcake Recipe

  • Yield: Makes 24 to 28 cupcakes.


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil (light olive oil, canola oil, grapeseed oil)
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups packed coarsely grated carrots (about 3 medium)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed coarsely grated tart apples, such as Granny Smith (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 5 ounce fresh, mild chèvre (goat cheese), at room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cups powdered sugar


1 Preheat oven to 350° and place rack in the center of the oven.

2 In a large bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, spices, cocoa, pepper, and salt. Whisk to combine, then stir in oil and eggs. Stir in carrots, apples, and pecans.

3 Set aluminum or paper cupcake holders in muffin tins. Spoon the batter into the cupcake paper cups, three-quarters of the way to the top. Bake approximately 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

4 Beat goat cheese, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
Once cupcakes are cool, apply frosting.

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Adapted from a Sunset magazine 3-layer cake recipe.

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  • Elle

    Oh, these look fabulous! I can’t wait to give them a try. Do you think it would be alright to use applesauce in place of some of the oil?

    Personally I wouldn’t, but do as you like and experiment. Recipes are only guidelines. ~Elise

  • jennbec

    Oooooo…Yum, yum, yum!!! Great picture! I make a funky carrot cake of my own that uses mixed dried fruit and sweet little locally grown carrots so there’s a tremendous amount of flavor in it. I’ll have to try putting in apples the next time.

  • jonathan

    I never thought it possible, but I just gained 8 pounds reading a recipe. Amazing.

    Goat cheese and cream cheese and cocoa and apples…these are a few of my fa-vo-rite thiiinggggggsssss………..

  • chilichick

    This looks so yummy… not sure where to get goat cheese, but I’m making it today. Maybe marscapone? hmmmm

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