Good Morning America Recipes

Carrot-Apple Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

A Dessert for Happy, Healthy Kids

PHOTO Carrot cake cupcakes are shown in this file photo.
Servings:Over 8
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and shredded
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 6 ounces fat-free cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/3 cup mixed dried fruits for decorating tops (optional)
  • Cooking Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick spray.

    Stir the flour, granulated sugar, carrots, apple, raisins, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Beat the eggs and oil together in another bowl. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture just until combined. Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cupcake comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack 5 minutes; remove the cupcakes from the pan and cool completely on the rack.

    To make the frosting, combine the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and milk in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat just until creamy. Spread the frosting over the cooled cupcakes. Make faces or designs on top of the cupcakes with the dried fruit, if using.

    Serves 12

    Per serving (1 frosted cupcake): 202 Cal, 6 g Fat, 1 g Sat Fat, 0 g Trans Fat, 38 mg Chol, 262 mg Sod, 32 g Carb, 1 g Fib, 5 g Prot, 81 mg Calc.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: flour, sugar, carrots, apples, raisins, cinnamon, cream cheese, milk

    Course: Party Platter, Snack, Dessert

    More Info: Kids Friendly, Low Fat

    Other Recipes That You Might Like
    Emeril's Cream Cheese Frosting
    Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Desserts
    White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting
    Special Cupcakes with A Hint of Mint
    Emeril's Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
    Spice Up Your Thanksgiving Dessert
    Ayesha Curry's red velvet mug cake with cream cheese frosting
    A sweet dessert you can make in the microwave
    Sprinkles' Key Lime Cupcakes
    This Tangy, Tart Cupcake Will Be a Hit
    Latest Recipes on 'GMA'
    VIDEO: The Ramen Burger
    VIDEO: Rays & Stark Bar in LA employs an expert to help you choose from 20 brands of water.
    VIDEO: Haylee Nelson reveals all the delicious flavors that make up the new "Sunrise Sundae."
    VIDEO: Ladies and Gentlemen... The Crookie
    VIDEO: World, meet The Cronut
    Food Tips: How To...
    Karen's Kitchen
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's blog here.
    Karen's Cordon Bleu
    Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's delicious and celebratory chicken dish.
    PHOTO: Karen Pickus cherry galette is shown here.
    Karen's Cherry Galette Check out "GMA's" chef/food stylist's recipe for a tasty dessert.
    Connect with GMA
    Social Tools Facebook Twitter Twitter Connect with GMA YouTube RSS