Week 28: Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

What I learned making these cupcakes: How to make marzipan carrots and crumble up chocolate wafers to have them look a bit dirty (fresh out of the garden, that is!)...it was pretty fun to do this part and the carrots turned out so tiny and cute! I was very VERY happy...definitely reminded me of my childhood playing with PLAY_DOH®...who can resist that? The rest of the recipe was pretty easy...grating the fresh ginger made the whole kitchen smell great...or should I say grate?? You do have to grate a lot of carrots, but it's definitely worth it!

And, the Cream Cheese Orange Frosting...divine! It has orange zest AND grated ginger in it. The cupcakes can be kept up to 3 days, but it's my guess that they won't make it more than 24 hours, if that!

Recipes will appear (magically), if you click HERE.


  1. Anonymous8:50 AM

    It's official. You rock!

    Not only do you get extra points for the marzipan 'dirty' carrots, but double points for the parsley carrot tops.

    The cream cheese frosting is divine and the cupcake itself is carrot-y heaven. All hail the Cupcake Queen! All hail!

  2. That, however, was not parsley! It was real carrot tops!

  3. Anonymous11:59 AM

    da-yum! perfection is all in the details

  4. Anonymous12:40 PM

    Amazing attention to detail!

    Is there a way to get a closer look at the carrots?

  5. Anonymous1:09 PM

    These were absolutely excellent.

  6. Anonymous2:32 PM

    Maybe I'm being extremely dense, but I can't find the link for the recipe... Help help please!! I gotta make 'em! :-)

  7. those look great. You know...you've got me hooked on cupcakes now. I bought the cupcake book and I'm eyeing the Martha one as I type this...(Cookbook of the month special...)

    Keep up the good work...
    By the way, the peppermint icing is a lesson in decadence...YUM.

  8. Anonymous3:31 PM

    I bought the Cupcakes book, too--after which, I posted about Hostess Cupcakes and Ding Dongs in my blog. Cupcake Queen, do you have a favorite Hostess product from childhood?

  9. Anonymous10:03 AM

    those tiny little carrot babies are adorable. martha is brilliant. you've made her proud.

    surcie asked cupcake queen, but i'll answer also that my fave hostess product was and is ho ho's. mmmm. keep 'em in the fridge and eat them while they're still chilled.

    of course, homemade baked goods are the best, hands down.

  10. Here is the link to the recipe: Carrot Ginger Cupcakes (pdf)

  11. Okay...I've been thinking about this...I that the chocolate Hostess Cupcake that comes in the double pack are by far my favorite...Hoerbrt, I also remember enjoying the pink snowballs, too...those were the daze!