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CHOCOLATE CARROT CAKE CUPCAKES with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

These chocolate carrot cupcakes are a step up from carrot cake & great any time of the year but with our chocolate spider web they're perfect for Halloween.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16 -18 cupcakes
Author Linda Warren

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1-1/2 cups Imperial sugar
  • 1/2 cup Divine cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 4- oz Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Decoration

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Cupcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine grated carrots, applesauce, oil, eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir into carrot-applesauce mixture.
  4. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, fill each muffin cup.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for 10 minutes in muffin tin on wire rack then remove cupcakes to rack to cool completely.

Frosting

  1. In an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla. Turn mixer to low speed and add in powdered sugar. Once mixed well, turn up speed and mix until creamy.
  2. When cupcakes are cool either frost top completely or, using a tip, pipe icing in center. Top with chocolate decoration if desired.

Chocolate Decoration

  1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second increments until almost completely melted. Stir until chocolate is smooth and no pieces of chips remain.
  2. Place melted chocolate in either a small ziploc bag with the corner snipped or in a decorating bag with small hole tip. The OXO decorating kit works great for this!
  3. At this point any chocolate design can be made. I designed mine on the computer and printed it out on letter size paper so that I could easily follow a pattern. (click here for spider web pattern)
  4. Place the paper with designs underneath a piece of waxed paper and follow the design with your melted chocolate.
  5. Place in freezer until frozen and, when you are ready to serve your cupcakes, decorate the top of each one with one of the decorations.

Recipe Notes

Work with the chocolate decorations when they are frozen as they will melt fairly quickly and you won't be able to get them off the waxed paper in one piece.