Coconutty Carrot Cupcakes

A rather over due recipe was in need, and since these cute coconutty carrot cupcakes (whatta tongue twister) contain heaps of carrots, we may aswell pretend they’re good for us… and with lashings of lime cream cheese icing, they make the perfect treat.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetIngredients For Cake:

125g Plain Flour

1tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

1tsp Ground Cinnamon

Pinch of Nutmeg and Salt

50g Desiccated Coconut

2 Eggs

110g Dark Muscovado Sugar

1tbsp Golden Syrup

90ml Vegetable Oil

175g Carrots, peeled & grated

Zest of half an Orange


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line 12-hole cupcake tin with paper cases of
    your choice.
  2. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt. Mix in the desiccated coconut and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl with a handheld electric mixer or stand mixer, whisk the eggs, sugar, golden syrup and oil together for around 4 minutes or until it becomes thick and doubled in volume. Then gently fold in the flour mixture, being careful not to knock any air out. Then fold in the grated carrots and orange zest.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the cases until about 3/4 full. Pop in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted. Leave to cool completely before icing.

Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetIngredients for Icing

100g unsalted Butter

100g Cream Cheese

280g Icing Sugar

Zest of a Lime

Pistachios, chopped (optional)


  1. To make the icing, mix the butter and cream cheese in a bowl until well combined and smooth. Sift the icing sugar in and slowly combine using a handheld mixer (or wooden spoon if you’re feeling strong) Then turn up the speed and keep mixing until the icing becomes light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in the lime zest, and then either pipe the icing or spoon a blob of icing on a cake, and using a palette knife, swirl the icing till your heart’s content.
  3. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios and enjoy. These beauties will keep in an airtight container for 4-5 days, that’s if they’re not all gone by then!

Jemima Plume Xx

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