Apple Carrot Cupcakes

It’s as if carrot cake and apple cake decided to get together and have babies. These apple carrot cupcakes are the best of both, and the cream cheese frosting is amazing!

Apple Carrot Cupcakes
Elise Bauer

These apple carrot cupcakes are what happens when you can't decide between carrot cake and apple cake; they're the best of both, combined. They are a little sweeter than a muffin, but with all of the texture and flavor from apples, carrots, coconut, and pecans, and topped with cream cheese frosting.

For more information on which apple varieties are best for baking, check out our Guide to Apples.

If you like carrot cake, you are going to love this apple carrot cupcake twist.

(Or not. Skip the frosting if you are being virtuous. You can pretend they're muffins, nobody will know. But watch out, skipping the frosting just may give you an excuse to eat more of these apple carrot cupcakes than you should. Not that I would know anyone who would do that. Ahem.)

Apple Carrot Cupcakes in baking tin
Elise Bauer

How To Adapt This Recipe

This recipe yield about 2 dozen cupcakes, so if you do not want that many tempting you, you can bake it as written and share them, or you can cut the recipe in half.

If you want to make this as a cake, you can make the batter as instructed, and pour it into two greased 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13 cake pan and bake for about 40 to 50 minutes.

Don't like coconut? Leave it out. Want to use walnuts instead of pecans? Go for it!

Apple Carrot Cake Cupcake
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Keeping, Storing and Freezing Cupcakes

These cupcakes should keep for 2 to 3 days, frosted and covered. You can freeze them for longer if you have leftover cupcakes, but it's best to freeze them unfrosted. Thaw on the counter, frost, and serve.

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Apple Carrot Cupcakes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 24 servings
Yield 24 cupcakes


For the cupcakes:

  • 2 cups (260g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/4 (250g) cups sugar

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup (236 ml) vegetable oil (light olive oil or canola 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 (125g) coarsely chopped pecans (or walnuts)

  • 1/4 cup (15g) sweetened shredded coconut

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces (225g) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups (260g) powdered sugar, sifted


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Place the rack in the center of the oven.

  2. Make the batter:

    In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.

    Stir in oil and eggs. Stir in carrots, apples, pecans, and coconut.

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  3. Bake the cupcakes:

    Place paper liners in muffin tins. Spoon the batter into the paper cups, three quarters of the way to the top. Bake at 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes (testing after 20 min), or until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.

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  4. Make the frosting:

    Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Gradually add powdered sugar and mix until combined.

    Once the cupcakes are cool, apply frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
311 Calories
19g Fat
33g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 311
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 206mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 91mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.