#The100DayProject: Carry On with the “C”: Coconut Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Cupcakes

cupcakesI love Easter!  And I especially love when we visit amazing friends and have awesome fellowship at an “annual” event.  Egg Jousting & Easter Dinner is truly something I love looking forward to each year.  Delicious foods, great friendships, and always laughter – lots of laughter.  This year I couldn’t wrap my head around bringing a side, so I chose instead to bring a sweet dessert – and this was EASY and fit in with ingredients I already had so I was budgeting, not wasting food, and creating something yummy!

Coconut Cream Cheese Carrot Cake Cupcakes – The 6 C’s of Yummy (adapted from Kroger’s Morning Glory Carrot Cake* )

  • 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix
  • 3 tablespoons Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 1/2 cups finely shredded carrots (about 5 medium)

Heat oven to 350°F (or 325°F for dark or nonstick pan).

Line cupcake/muffin tin with cupcake liners. In large bowl, stir cake mix and flour. Reserve 1/3 cup cake mix mixture. To remaining mixture, add water, oil, eggs, cinnamon and nutmeg; beat with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. In medium bowl, stir carrots and reserved cake mix mixture until coated. Stir into batter; pour into pan. Bake 12-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. I almost had a mishap baking a little too long b/c baking two pans together in my old oven so keep eye on time! Cool completely, about 1 hour. In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla on low speed until blended. Beat on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Tint with color for your own festive fun** Spread frosting over cake. Sprinkle with coconut. Store covered in refrigerator.

*I did not use raisins nor the walnuts since at so many company gatherings there is sometime a nut allergy or dislike to “add-ins” – at home, I’ll add in for extra flavor!

**I tinted the icing AND the coconut using this handy dandy chart

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