Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

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For the last few weeks I have been coming across such wonderful pumpkin recipes and have been filling my recipe binder with some new ones I can’t wait to try.  I love pumpkin recipes this time of year and can’t believe I have only shared one pumpkin recipe that has been very popular, the Pumpkies.  

Over the weekend I finally dug in to my cute little pumpkins I picked up at the local nursery to make some fresh pumpkin puree.  Now I have 48 ounces of pure fresh pumpkin to have fun with.  For some, you may have your own little stash of fresh pumpkin puree too.  I have talked to some people who have never made pumpkin puree before.  For those who never made fresh pumpkin puree I will be sharing my method with you in my next post. 

In the meantime, lets talk about these delicious cupcakes.  Last week a friend of mine emailed me and asked if I had any good carrot cake recipes.  I have not made carrot cake in a long time but I do have a recipe that I use.  Ironically the next day while I was doing some online reading I came across another Carrot Cake recipe on Made In Melissa’s Kitchen that I shared with my friend because it looks fantastic and was similar to my recipe.  With all this talk about carrot cake and freshly pureed pumpkin in the refrigerator I thought what would be better but to blend the two together to create Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes.  I dusted off my old Carrot Cake recipe that I have been neglecting and put a twist on it to create this recipe.  These are moist and delicious and the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting is the icing on the cupcake!  

These are great made as cupcakes, or divide in to two 8″ or 9″ round pans to create a Pumpkin Carrot Cake.  If you don’t want to make the frosting, another suggestion is to simply sprinkle with confectioners sugar and enjoy a delicious bite!

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In a large bowl combine oil.
Lightly beaten eggs and pumpkin puree and mix.
Add in dry ingredients.
Followed by shredded carrots and coconut flakes.  Pour in to lined cupcake tin and bake.
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Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: PT18-20M

Total Time: PT38-40M

Yield: Makes- 24 cupcakes or 2 8”or 9” round cakes

Pumpkin Carrot Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup fresh pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 - 4 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • Frosting note- start with 4 cups of confectioners sugar. If the consistency is still runny, add more confectioners sugar to thicken the frosting more.


  1. Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl blend eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin puree. Add in flour mixture until well combined followed by shredded carrots and coconut flakes.
  4. Pour in to lined cupcake tins ? full. Bake for 18-20 minutes until cake tester comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting
  7. Using an electric mixer combined cream cheese, butter and pumpkin until creamy. Slowly add in confectioners sugar until all combined.
  8. Frost as desired.
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  1. i like ur pumpkin cake.i like ur method.

  2. Great idea putting pumpkin and carrot cake together!

  3. oh so yummy that great pumpkin flavor in a wonderful cupcake :) come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  4. That frosting is tantalizing. I want some now! Great combination of flavors for these!

  5. Jennifer, this is what love looks like in fall. Pumpkin AND carrot AND cream cheese frosting! ahhh such bliss.
    always love following your blog with all the delicious goodies you make!
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  6. Thanks!! :)

  7. Heavenly! I love all your photos! So beautiful! first time here! :) Love your space!
    Kavi | Edible Entertainment

  8. These are absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for linking them up to my pumpkin blog hop! Another one to add to the glorious list of pumpkin recipes to try out :)

  9. Thanks Dee for hosting such a delicious Pumpkin Blog hop! I got lots of pumpkin puree to use and lots of good recipes being featured on your blog hop! :)

  10. I LOVE your recipe! It would be a PERFECT addition to my party. Would you come over to CAST PARTY WEDNESDAY tomorrow and share it with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  11. Thanks Sheryl! I will definitely come share these on Cast Party Wednesday! :)

  12. I’m not sure about the amount of sugar mentioned. 1 1/2, tablespoon/teaspoon?
    Here in Holland we don’t use a lot of pumpkins but i’m looking forward to these cupcakes.

  13. Hi Gerry! Thank you for pointing that out. The measurement didn’t transfer over, it is actually 1 1/2 cups! I hope you get a chance to try these delicious cupcakes!

  14. These look fantastic. I’m such a pumpkin addict they are right up my alley!

  15. I made the cupcakes today… YUMMY!!

    My only question though. Was the icing runny? I was unable to ice the cupcakes because of the icing. I’ve been icing them as we eat them.

  16. Hi Christine! Glad you liked the cupcakes! Sorry the frosting was running. What I would suggest is adding in more confectioners sugar to thicken the icing up. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I am going to add that note in to the recipe as well. :)

  17. Hi! I am new to your blog and making these this weekend! I am SO excited! Thank you for sharing, and posting all these wonderful recipes! You are added to favorites!

  18. Hi and welcome! Nice to meet you. Enjoy these cupcakes. Let me know how they turn out for you.

  19. Hi there! About to start baking these but wondering, Is it possible to replace the oil with some applesauce instead to pack even more nutrients in? Thanks! :)

  20. Hi Cyndi! Yes, you could definitely substitute some applesauce in place of the oil. If you give it a try, let me know how it turned out that way. Also, if you make the frosting, it the frosting still seems a bit runny, add more confectioners sugar to thicken it up. Enjoy!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Hello Jennifer – I did make them with 1c applesauce, instead of the oil, and it was divine! My hubby said it was the best muffin I’d ever made. Thanks so much for the recipe. xo cyndi

  22. These look unbelievable!!! I love pumpkin! Took a lazy few minutes and went through your blog and it is just wonderful! Love your house and all your great recipes. bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

  23. Do I have to use the coconut flakes? if so what can I substitute it with? HELP

  24. Hi! No you can omit the coconut flakes if you would like. No need to substitute it for anything. Enjoy!

  25. Hi, I am Katie and I think I’m in love. With these cupcakes.

  26. Looks delicious. Would love for you to share your pictures with us over at foodepix.com.

  27. Took these to a party tonight. They were a hit. I omitted the coconut and used 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Frosting was a little thin but I only used 4 cups. Will add the other 1/2 cup next time.


  28. Hi. I took these to a “try a new recipe” party last night. They were a huge hit. The only changes I made was to omit the coconut (because I don’t like it) and use 1 cup of white sugar and 1/2c of brown sugar. The frosting was a little thin for my liking but I only used 4 cups. Next time I’ll add the other 1/2 c. Thanks for this great recipe. YUM!

  29. Anonymous says:

    thanks for sharing..

  30. 2 questions. Can I use canned pumpkin puree because I don’t have fresh pumpkin? Can I used shredded sweetened coconut, and if I did would that change the taste and texture of the cup cake or cake?

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