These carrot cake cupcakes are full of coconut, pecans, and pineapple and topped with pineapple cream cheese frosting. They’re completely irresistible!
Mother’s Day is coming, you guys!
Mother’s Day is possibly my favorite holiday of the year. I wake up every Mother’s Day morning eager with excitement, soaking up sloppy kiddo kisses and crayon-drawn cards. My husband always picks up donuts for breakfast and after heading to church, we spend the afternoon relaxing while I overdose on toddler snuggles. And maybe indulge in a treat or four.
Does it get any better than a nap with a squishy toddler snuggled on your chest? No, absolutely NEVER.
Sometimes my husband decides to prepare dinner himself and other times he opts for my favorite take-out. One thing we both know though — he’s NOT a baker. And I do love my dessert! I normally prepare a special treat the day before, so I can enjoy it on my big day.
This year I decided work on perfecting a carrot cake cupcake recipe for Mother’s Day. I love carrot cake, and making the recipe into cupcakes means that they are perfect for sharing.
This recipe uses a generous helping of carrots, which makes the cupcakes moist, flavorful, and full of bright color. The Kitchen IQ 4-in-1 Prep Tool proved especially handy for this process, scrubbing, peeling, and dicing the carrots into chunks with ease. I then placed the prepared chunks in my food processor for quick and easy shredding. If you don’t want to wake the toddler, though, I recommend doing it by hand with a container grater. Either way, it’s easy peasy!
I love my cupcakes like I love my reality television – chock full of drama and never boring. So I loaded these cupcakes up with chopped pecans, shredded, sweetened coconut, and crushed pineapple. A generous swirl of pineapple cream cheese frosting makes these cupcakes extra special.
I mean…that frosting. I’d eat it with a spoon. Or a shovel. Whichever.
You can also find this carrot cake recipe on Food Fanatic, where I am a regular contributor. Be sure to poke around while you’re over there — there are tons of great recipes!
**This recipe was developed for KitchenIQ by the contributor as part of a compensated relationship. All opinions are my own.