Carrot Cake Cups have an incredibly sweet and delicious cream cheese filling. Top with some raisins, shredded carrots or crumbles of nuts and dive in.
I could eat cream cheese icing right out of the bowl. Forget the cake and cupcakes – just gimme the icing! Don’t worry I held myself back. I knew it would taste even better inside a moist and sweet carrot cake cup!
This recipe is made from a doctored box of carrot cake mix. I only have a couple of months left before my stash of cake mix expires so I’m using them up in recipes. I also added in raisins to the cake cup batter, but you could omit them if raisins aren’t your thing. Try my Classic Carrot Cake recipe as well!
- Carrot cake mix
- Salted butter
- Cream cheese
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla extract
- Grated carrot
How to Make Carrot Cake Cups
- Step One: Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
- Step Two: In a mixing bowl, stir together cake mix, butter, raisins and eggs.
- Step Three: Take about a 1 tablespoon of dough and press it into the muffin tin. Make sure to not make it too thick or it won’t cook entirely in the center.
- Step Four: Place in oven for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and poke the center with a spoon to create your cup. Put the cake cups back in the oven for another 5 minutes and then repeat the process to create your cup.
- Step Five: Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. They should be almost ready by now. Remove from the oven and use the spoon again to poke the center to make it cup-shaped. Put back in the oven for another 5 if needed.
- Step Six: Remove from oven and let cool.
- Step Seven: In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Spoon into the cake cups filling them to the top.
- Step Eight: Garnish with raisins, cinnamon and grated carrot, if desired.
When to Serve Carrot Cake Cups
- Holiday Parties
- Potluck Events
- Bake Sales
- Birthday Parties
- After-school snack
- Dinner Dessert
Cream Cheese Filling
The filling is the best part. It’s that amazing and perfectly sweet cream cheese filling. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to complement the flavours of the carrot cake cup. Top with a few raisins and some shredded carrot if you like.
These guys went really quickly at my home. If you want a super easy dessert that tastes like it took awhile, trick your family and friends with these easy cake cups.
Dressing up Boxed Cake Mix
If you are hesitant to use a boxed cake mix, don’t be. This will help you save time prepping but still give you a homemade flavor since you dress up the cake mix. This Carrot Cake Cup is delightful. Spices, carrot flavor, raisins and more in each bite.
Do You Have to Peel Carrots for Carrot Cake
If you are wanting to add the carrot shavings on top of the cake cups I would recommend peeling them first. You technically don’t have to, but you will find peeling the carrots will offer a bolder color of orange. Now, if you toss carrots into the cake batter, you do not have to peel them first, just wash to remove dirt and debris.
How to Store Carrot Cake Muffin Cups
You will want to store your cake cups in the refrigerator. The cream cheese filling will go bad if they are left on the counter. So place in an airtight container and store for up to a week in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Carrot Cake Cups
Yes, you can. Allow your cups to cool and then place them in an airtight container. Freeze for up to three months. Then when you want one let it thaw or place in the fridge for a slow thaw. Then serve up and enjoy. I do this for a sweet treat when I get to craving something sweet. It is a perfect pick me up.
Can I Mix in Carrots to Cake Cup Batter
Sure if you want tender fresh carrots to make it taste more homemade feel free to grate your carrots and then toss them in the batter. I would do around 1/2 cup of grated carrots to the batter. Then bake up as accordingly.
Want More Cake Cup Recipes
- Cherry Cake Cup | This is a really tasty one to whip up if you love cherry. A cherry chip cake with a dollop of cherry pie filling in the center.
- Caramel Apple Cake Cups | If you love apples and caramel you will do backflips over this recipe. A tender cake with an apple and caramel filling.
- Pumpkin Spice Cake Cups | Love pumpkin? If you say yes, add this one to your recipe list. You only need a few ingredients for this tender pumpkin spice cake that is filled with a pumpkin spice filling.
So what are you waiting for? Give this carrot cake dessert a try and let me know what you think. It is one I have been making for quite a while now. My family and friends always look forward to seeing the platter of cake cups.
Have you tried your carrot cake in a cup?
You’ll also like these Peanut Butter Cookie Cups and Carrot Cake Loaf.
Carrot Cake Cups
The perfect fall dessert! These delightful cake cups are filled with cream cheese frosting for one decadent bite.
- 1 box Carrot Cake mix
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup salted butter, softened
- ¼ cup raisins, plus extra for garnish
- 1 (8oz/250g) package of cream cheese, softened
- ⅔ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for garnish
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon grated carrot, for garnish, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.
- In a mixing bowl, stir together cake mix, butter, raisins and eggs.
- Take about a 1 tablespoon of dough and press it into the muffin tin. Make sure to not make it too thick or it won’t cook entirely in the center.
- Place in oven for about 7 minutes. Remove from oven and poke the center with a spoon to create your cup. Put the cake cups back in the oven for another 5 minutes and then repeat the process to create your cup.
- Place back in the oven for another 5 minutes. They should be almost ready by now. Remove from the oven and use the spoon again to poke the center to make it cup-shaped. Put back in the oven for another 5 if needed.
- Remove from oven and let cool.
- In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon and nutmeg until smooth. Spoon into the cake cups filling them to the top.
- Garnish with raisins, cinnamon and grated carrot, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 243Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 164mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g
I love carrot cake with cream cheese icing, so I’m sure I would enjoy a few of these cake cups!
Diane Roark says
These carrot cake cookie cups are perfect for fall. Sounds delicious.
Thanks for sharing on Wonderful Wednesday blog hop.
Melinda L. says
Carrot? Mmmm not a huge fan but everything does taste better with cream cheese…might have to give this a try
Jessy @ The Life Jolie says
I am such a fan of carrot cake and these are so cute too!
I stopped by from Foodie Friday.
Lou Lou Girls says
This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls
Miz Helen says
What great Carrot Cake Cups, they look delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Looking good! I’ve been doing carrot cake muffins, but these are of a more reasonable size 🙂
Kim @ Kandy Kreations says
I LOVE carrot cake. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s the chance to eat a ton of cream cheese frosting and not have every one look at you funny or what. I can’t wait to give these cups a try and maybe, make an extra bowl of frosting to go with them. (No one would notice then, right?) Maybe I can eat the inside and refill them a few times before my kids notice. Who am I kidding? My kids can sniff out desserts like a bloodhound. Thanks for sharing these treats. I can’t wait to give them a go. Maybe we can get together for a Cream Cheese Support group and have them as dessert?!
Elva Roberts says
This recipe sounds and looks very delicious. I know it would be a big hit at any meal. I will save this recipe and I thank you for it.