Lemon Carrot Cupcakes

Lemon Carrot Cupcakes

The Story:

I thought I was the coolest girl at church.

My mother put blue and purple shimmery eye shadow sticks in my Easter basket that year.  Naturally, I was 12 and knew how to wear make up, so I smeared the stuff all over my eye lids.  Now, this wasn’t the sheer stuff that just gives you a hint of color, they were like soft crayons that just coated on the color.  And glitter.  Did I mention that? So not only were my eyelids covered in ugly pastels, but they were also smothered with glitter.

Yes, I was a child of the 90’s and it was the highlight of my Easter outfit at church.[end-story]

Lemon Carrot Cupcakes


Carrot Cake:
1 box White or Spice Cake Mix
3 tsp. cinnamon (not needed if you use a spice cake mix)
3 eggs
1/3 C. oil
1 C. crushed pineapple (with juice)
1/3 C. brown sugar
3 C. carrots, grated
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. butter, softened
Zest of 2 lemons
1 tsp. lemon gelatin powder (jello) (optional)
2 tsp. lemon juice
3-4 C. powdered sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. Sift cake mix and cinnamon together and set aside.
3. Combine eggs, oil, pineapple, brown sugar, carrots and vanilla extract.
4. Add cake mix/cinnamon and stir well.
5. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 16-22 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
6. Frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon zest and gelatin for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and slowly add powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. If it become too thick, add more lemon juice or milk.
7. Pipe onto cooled cupcake and top with sprinkles.


The lemon gelatin gives an extra punch of flavor and some extra color

If you want a scratch recipe for carrot cake that

you will LOVE, check out this recipe!

12 thoughts on “Lemon Carrot Cupcakes

  1. 1

    It never, ever fails!! Your cupcakes always look fantastic!! Keep up the good work!!

  2. 2
    Beverly says:

    What? No photos of said Easter make-up?!!

    Happy Easter, Lizzy!

  3. 3
    Edith says:

    I have some extra carrots in the fridge and my Mama just gave me a bag of lemons from her tree. I will be making these and your cute carrot patch cupcakes this weekend.

    When you tell stories about your many adventures, pictures will definitely be needed to complete the story. 🙂 Like the first time I permed my already frizzy hair, that was a site! I was a child of the 80’s.

    Happy Easter, Lizzy. You really are a breath of fresh air.


  4. 4
    Tieghan says:

    Loving these! What a great cupcake!

  5. 5

    This sounds like an awesome cupcake! I really need to make more cupcakes, and this seems perfect for spring.

  6. 6
    Edith says:

    Lizzy, you never disappoint! I made mini carrot cupcakes for our Easter brunch. They were a hit!

    I took leftovers to work Monday and now I have an order for regular sized cupcakes.

    (I only used 2 cups of powdered sugar in the frosting and they were perfect.)

    Thank you! I hope you had a wonderful Easter.


  7. 7
    Priscilla says:

    I LOVE YOU!!! Your cupcakes look amazing, I love your stories and I’m sure if we ever met in real life we would be best friends 🙂

  8. 8
    Debbie Pias says:

    Your site is gold. I’ve made only a couple recipes (the maraschino almond cupcakes and now these guys) and everyone absolutely loves them.

    And thank you for giving me the perfect frosting recipe. I’ve been using a family recipe for years, and it never tasted just right. I love baking cuppycakes, and I’m in love with your work.

    Thank you!!

  9. 9
    Samantha says:

    Hi! What tip did you use? I love your site… I bake from no where else. Any excuse to bake from her every day! 😉 If I didn’t put the pineapple in the recipe, would I need to add more of something else? My boys are not huge fans of it. Thanks!!!

  10. 10
    Claudia says:

    I just finished baking these Lemon Carrot cupcakes and they are delicious! I just discovered your site and I am one happy girl, love baking recipes that start with a cake mix! On to make the butter cream, thanks Lizzy for all your great recipes, Happy Easter!

Speak Your Mind


Never miss a recipe! Sign-up for email updates!