Perfect Carrot Cake Cupcakes + Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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So tell me if this is just me, but I always seem to wonder about the most random things in life.

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My mom used to tell me I’d ask her the deepest questions as a little kid. The kind of questions that really stump parents as there’s no possible way to describe and explain the answers to a child even if they do have an answer. Questions about time, space, and concepts of fairness in life.

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Mom was always pretty good at coming up with an answer to appease my shorter self, but looking back now I can see that I put her in some tough positions with my spontaneous inquiries. These days I’ll still find myself thinking deeply about stuff, but now it’s about a fifty/fifty split between meaningful things and just random trivia. For example when I’m skiing I’ll end up thinking “Who in the world was the first person to decide that strapping sticks to you’re feet and sliding down a mountain was a good idea?” Another example, now that I’ve been gaining more and more interest in photography (and possibly video soon) I’ll end up paying attention to the filming in a movie and wishing I could talk to the filmmakers rather than paying attention to the plot.

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Okay, I’m getting to the point though. Not that it’s even relevant, because carrot cake is amazing, but who do you think was the first person to throw carrots into they’re cake? I know I could use the internet to look these things up, but who’s got the time? Besides, these thoughts always pop up at the most inconvenient moments like while I am skiing down a slope, at the gym, or mid-shower when I can’t get to the internet. One thing that is almost always the case though, is that most inventions were the result of a necessity.

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Haha, I had to look it up now to see if I was right and to prove I’m not as lazy as it sounds. As it turns out, I was right about both skiing and carrot cake. According to the web, the first recorded evidence of skiing was for utility purposes to travel in snow and only later became a recreational sport. Then carrot cake dates back to medieval times when sugar was expensive and carrots were cheap. Thanks Google!

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That concludes out history lesson for today, promise. Sorry you guys, I know you didn’t sign up for that, you’re just here for cake. So facts and questions aside, who loves carrot cake? I honestly didn’t use to until I got older and realized it’s divine. There’s just something magical about combining all the spices, nuts, and textures and topping it all with some classic cream cheese frosting.

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One great thing about carrot cake is that it’s also pretty healthy. I know it’s not winning any awards for healthiest food ever, I mean it’s still cake, but comparatively to other cupcakes it’s doing pretty good. This recipe is actually gluten free and I tried something new to cut down on some of the sugar in the frosting, I used coconut flour. I know it sounds a little odd but it seriously works amazing.

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I guess you’ll just have to try them and see for yourself though!

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Perfect Carrot Cake Cupcakes + Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting



1/2 cup oil (I use sunflower)
1/2 cup coconut milk (shake the can before opening)
2 eggs
1 cup raw (turbinado) sugar (or regular)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each of: cloves, allspice, ginger and nutmeg
1 cup oat flour
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1 1/4 cups grated carrots
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup crushed pineapple
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

Coconut Frosting:

1 (4 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons coconut flour
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt


2/3 cup white chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
green and orange food coloring


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease a 12-slot cupcake pan. Cream coconut oil, and raw sugar in a large mixing bowl until smooth. Mix in eggs and add salt, vanilla, baking powder, spices, and oat flour and coconut flour, then stir until combined. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Divide batter among the slots and place in oven to bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.


Beat cream cheese in mixer with whisk attachment until no lumps remain. Add coconut oil, and milk and beat in until smooth. Slowly add remaining ingredients and whip until light and fluffy.
Remove cupcakes from pan and fill a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip and pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes.


Melt the white chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler until smooth. Add a few drops of orange food coloring and pour about half of the mixture into a plastic ziplock bag and pipe little carrot shapes onto a parchment lined pan. Add a few drops of green coloring to the remaining white chocolate and pour into a second bag. pipe the carrot leaves onto the carrots to make leaves and allow the chocolate to cool and dry. Once set, top each cupcake with a carrot and serve.


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Beautiful, creativity
Looks really delicious .. Thanks for the pictures
Thanks for sharing the recipe

I almost missed this one @slimanepro, thanks so much for commenting

I love the way you have put in multiply photos of the cupcakes something really enticing about it . Nice job.

Hope to see you @gringalicious on #Dlive someday. Livestreaming while you are prepping and cooking your delicious treats! Keep up the wonderful work, God bless you always! <3

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Amazing ... looks very delicious. Cream color is very good and creative ..

you are so kind, thanks so much for taking the time to comment @silvia

Those little carrots made of icing are so cute.

Usually, necessity or convenience is the mother of invention. I remember reading up on the history of central Florida when I taught local History to my elementary school students, during my first of only two years as a public school teacher. It turns out, the early European inhabitants of central Florida were used to drinking coffee up north, but had none available to them in Florida. So, to get the taste, if not the buzz, they would dry some of the sweet potatoes they grew, grind them to fine grounds, and filter the grounds to brew just like regular coffee.

Imagine that. Sweet potato coffee. I can only imagine what it tasted like.

mmm, sweet potato coffee, that sounds like a revival is necessary

My daughter is 1.5 years old and I often think, that soon she will learn to talk and start asking me questions. In bookstores, I often see books called "answers to all children's questions." Once I opened the book and began to read out of interest. Conclusion - I'm not ready for some questions, that children ask))) But I still have time)
I love carrot cupcakes!!!! I bake them in large batches) I really liked your decoration idea, it is very simple and original at the same time. I usually use cream cheese, but I want to try your cream because I love coconut.

amazing commenting @naditinkoff, thanks so much. I home some of my ideas gave you some inspiration

These cupcakes looks so delicious! And they are so beautiful and perfect! I think these ones goes to my to do list! I have to try :) Have a sweet day!
I don't know if I'll be able to publish the recipe today as I told you a few days ago. But betweeb today and tomorrow I will publish! :)

I am glad these made it to your list. You have a sweet day as well @sweetcarol!!

ok, make sure to contact me on discord or when you publish.

I made the post today! @gringalicious I posted it a few minutes ago. I can't add you in discord, I don't know why :/

Probably it's very tasty!))

give it a go and verify for yourself @russianbitcoin

Please say I can buy these somewhere... lol I would attempt to make them myself but would probably look nothing like the photos haha

thanks for commenting

looks soo delicious

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These cupcakes looks sooo delicious and cute.....

thanks so much for the kind words @universalpro

This cupcake looks great, salivating here already....wish i could invite you to my wedding [email protected]

thanks so much for commenting @shey88

Exquisite, I love the culinary art!!

Digging the low contrast edits on these. What do you shoot on?

Looks soooo good, have to get some now from my bakery next door... ;-)

I hope they have some for you, thanks for commenting @hauptmann and welcome to Steem

wow... great photography and delicious dessert.... I would try to make it.... thank you for sharing with us

thanks so much for commenting @thusitha

Carrot Cake Cupcakes + Coconut Cream Cheese
Thanks for recipe love it...
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That's so sweet @talatawan! Thanks for the support!

Nice info guy.
I like it.

Tips for you friends.
Coffee is a very useful beverage.
Especially for people smoking can be made anti-toxins that enter the body. More nicotine than cigarettes that can make the lung cavity big hole.
Thus causing janntung and lung disease.
It is recommended for those who smoke.

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wow! nice. i hope it so delicious. thanks for sharing

Perfect Carrot Cake Coconut it's so delicious and tasty .you check it

thanks so much for commenting

I see that you are getting ready for your video show, with anecdotes to make the moment entertaining while you prepare your delicious dishes, it look great, reading your post makes you run away to buy sweets and they are very expensive, hahahaha. They look delicious.

I haven't been making very many sweets, however I thinks some are coming. Very good commenting, thanks so much @syllem

What is turbinado sugar... is that a brown sugar.

It's sugar in the raw. Thanks @cloudspyder !

This is healthy food?

Eehh, it's kinda sorta healthy- ish. Haha, thanks for reading @stelwok!

Yummy. I am hungry 😩, yes welcome

Wow ! Superb shots of mouthgasmic foods by a beautiful girl !!

I love food Carrot Cake Cupcakes + Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting Amazing food photography ,,This Is just absolutely gorgeous food and very tasty and yammy ,,,, I was interested in your photos,,,Thanks for share with us

The quality of the pictures are so amazing! I have little food blog and this puts my pictures to shame haha. But I'm learning a lot from you. You're really an inspiration. :)

Wow, that's such a sweet compliment @ablaire! Keep working at it and give it all your passion and you'll do awesome.

I like cake.
I like to make cake.
I like different kinds of cakes.
I go to the cake and look at the cake and eat it.

perhaps you should look into writing children's books

I have found you in the trending page in photography tag and then followed you. Your food photos are very great. It looks like being used in websites, billboards and other commercial purpose but no, it is only inside your kitchen. All I can say is wow! I am a photo hobbyist as well and I hope that I can do such kind of photos in the future. I admire your work plus the recipes!

very kind words, thanks so much @rymndbmgt

wow its very nice to see.i hope it is very testy

well, you have the recipe, give it a go and see for yourself

Very interesting recipe! Looks stunningly tasty, tender and unusual.

I think you would like it if you gave it a try, thanks so much for commenting @anna-mi

I'm so glad you liked it @saqib143!

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this looks very yummy and you made each one with love and care :)

you're too kind @cutiepie, thanks so much

Dear can you send me this Cake and lot of carrot. You are awesome. You are very enthusiastic in making food.

thanks so much

your food is seriously ART! Wish I could make this recipe into looking this pretty too!

very kind of you to say, thanks so much

So yummy, thank you for your recipe, I interested and will soon try it

I do hope you are able to give it a try

The prettiest carrot cakes I’ve ever seen, that’s for sure!!

I had a piece of carrot cake at my church last Sunday and I made a comment about how I feel less guilty when eating a carrot cake. I’m usually like: “Hey, there’s veggies in this! It’s full of vitamins!!” :D

yeah, and some how that makes it ok. Great to hear from you again @oleg36756

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Seriously... If I could crawl through the screen right now... Wildstyle can't have carrots, creamcheese or nuts, so I get these mad cravings for carrot cake from time to time!! Like you, I did not appreciate the beauty of carrot cake as a child. I guess my palate wasn't as developed? Who knows...

well, my carrot cake is good I suppose, but if you're a real fan, my Mom makes the best ever. It's one of her things. We have a 'music star' friend that craves them. I'm sure she'll tell you all about it.

Videos? That would be awesome!!! 😊 my daughter is 6 month old, I am wondering what kind of questions she will be asking, once she is a little bit older 😊 Carrot cupcakes look fabulous!

Nice comment guy.
How are you?

Well made dear nice ingredients used its looking so amazing and soft :)

I am glad you liked it @cityslicker, thanks so much for commenting

Nice decoration...
and the way you presentated is amazing.

The friend's delicious cake from her picture must be very delicious.

thanks so much

you are welcome, friend

Amazing cupcakes! These looks so cute and pretty! And must be delicious as well :)

perhaps you'll give them a try yourself soon? Thanks so much for your daily support @crissimoes

Wow this is so yummy. Im pretty sure ill learn a lot from ur blogs. Ty so much.😍😍😍

very nice of you to say, thanks so much for commenting

perfectly made it is looking stunning and beautiful

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Its very delicious,thanks for sharing

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Hi. Nice to meet you.

nice to meet you as well

Hey @gringalicious, I saw this in one of the discord groups rooms.
The thumbnail image dint show in the link you've posted.
I had the same issue with on of my blogpost, i reduced to pixel count to 1000*600
Would suggest to do the same :)

that's good info, thanks so much!

Gorgeous photography, I love the back grounds and your staging.

I am impressed with the quality of the photos, I have always loved food photography, this is art. Excellent work, many success!

that is so nice of you to say, thanks so much

images (1).png This is a Great article ! Im gonna try it this weekend, the pics are yumm ! Keep them coming.. check out my profile. Would love to hear from you !!

Aha ...
Yummmmmy .. Good post ..
I'll try someday ..

thanks so much and welcome to Steem @kendel

so delicious!

I'm glad you think so @jumartphoto!

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looks so delicious and carrot on cupcake is just cute:)

thanks so much for the kind words

Great and delicious! I had been introduced to you by @ingaaa through my post she nominated , you to be one of the best 100 authors on steemit, and I promised to follow you from then and on! Please receive me as your friend.

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Oh my gosh, these look fabulous! I love cupcakes. I never eat them though. Carrot cake is on of my favorites as of recent. Perfect for Easter that is just around the corner!

I hope I was able to provide some inspiration thanks @lifeunfiltered

it seems that its very delecious

I guess you really are inspired from your mom.
This is looking amazing. I will try it

Those cupcakes looks so delicious

thanks so much for stopping by @happyhousewife, I appreciate it

Your so very welcome

They look so beautiful and delicious! What camera do you use for your pics? I love how they come out.

This makes me go hungry :D

thanks, I think

oh very nice this looks very tasty and yummy :D

Nice post! I allso use to make me the same kind of questions 😂 and I love carrot cake, its one of my favourites so I have to try it with the coconut flour!
You have to try to make a guiness cake for st Patricks day 👌🏻 Delicious

thanks so much for the great commenting @ximeta

Wow..excellent food photography...DQmXmDumDVdFYkXs6La1FzWetgUCEh2BvK7AXFnfQC22M1a_1680x8400.jpg...& great post...i really love this post..thanks for sharing..dear @gringalicious

Wow! These cupcakes really perfect ! Looks so yummy with the coconut cream , and so rich because contains walnuts and pineapple and carrots, all those ingredients will give a nice taste to this cupcake.
Have a nice day.

thanks so much for all of your support @creativewoman. I hope you have a great night

wooow it looks amazing ...keep going ...
i try it for syre

that's awesome. thanks so much for commenting

I love this post and your photography!! I really love your editing style and to be honest this is making me pretty hungry, Lol! How exactly did you make your animated link at the very bottom of your post?

the animated link came from my membership at sndbox. Thanks so much for commenting

My daughter would love it, try it, thank you !!!

I'm so pleased you like it @lockent!

Woah...carrot cake stops me in my tracks! LOVE!! So interesting that there was a time when "sugar was expensive and carrots were cheap." I was at Trader Joe's today and they had a little bag of fancy purple, white and orange carrots for $4. Guess times have changed ;)

I actually bought a bag of the carrots from trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago. I bought them for a post, but they never made it. I will try again, but the nearest Trader Joe's is 45 minutes way out of my way, but you have inspired me to make it over there as soon as I can

Oh wow! Thats quite a ways to go for the grocery store! I live within walking distance of 2 Trader Joe's. In fact, the 1st ever Trader Joe's is one of them! It's like all the others, except it has a sign about it being the 1st one 😉

In SoCal, yes?

Yes, Pasadena specifically. 😊

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I randomly that how much users you give reward by upvote their comment but i find you even not reward a single person.

This shows that your are selfish. I don't mean that you reward me but at least you reward whose comment is good and meaningful.

You get total 143 Comment and You reward to ZERO people. Don't be selfish.

The more your give the more people come to your post.

I am agree that you are writing valuable things but at least upvote to valuable persons.

From today i am following you. Good day have a great future.

These are the cutest carrot cupcakes I've ever seen! Thanks for creating such awesome content, I hope the food community on Steemit grows larger with more people sharing their beautiful food pics & recipes!

yeah, I think the foodie community will continue to grow. Thanks so much for commenting

The carrot cake with pineapple is the best! I'm going to try your recipe.

cool, add pineapple if you like, why not

You're not the only one who wonders about random things. Do you think wild carnivores are more likely to attack vegetarians or meat eaters?

which ever run slower is my guess

If I had hamburger breath (remember their keen sense of smell), they might think I can take down a steer. I doubt they would attack.

Beautiful photos. These sound/look amazing!!!

OMG!! these are soooooo ADORABLE :)))) WOW!!! Did you know tomorrow is a womans day? :) xxx

as always, you're so sweet and supportive, thanks so much. Yeah, I've seen a thing or two about woman's day

I know some yellow/pink/green bunny and chick marshmallow easter peeps that wanna eat these soft carrot cupcakes