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Carrot cake cupcakes

Points® value
Total Time
25 min
5 min
20 min
If you have only one muffin pan, bake the cupcakes in two batches. And if you prefer your cupcakes unfrosted, simply dust them with confectioners’ sugar when cool.


Unprepared white cake mix

18¼ oz, spiced cake variety


3 large, beaten

Unsweetened applesauce

½ cup(s)

1% low-fat buttermilk

½ cup(s)

Shredded carrots

2 cup(s)

Crushed pineapple canned in juice

8 oz, drained

Dried currants

¼ cup(s), chopped

Chopped pecans

½ cup(s)

Neufchâtel cheese

4 oz

Powdered sugar (confectioner's)

1½ cup(s)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. With an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cake mix, eggs, applesauce, and buttermilk in a large bowl until blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. With a rubber spatula, stir in the carrots, pineapple, currants, and 1/4 cup of the pecans.
  3. Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool in the pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove the cupcakes from the pans and let cool on the racks.
  4. To make the frosting, with an electric mixer on low speed, beat the cream cheese in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the confectioners’ sugar and beat until smooth. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the frosting on each cupcake and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the remaining pecans.
  5. Yields 1 cupcake per serving.