Pineapple-Glazed Carrot Cupcakes

pineapple-glazed-carrot-cupcakes Photo: Travis Rathbone


  • 1 8-oz. can pineapple tidbits in 100% juice
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line 2 12-cup muffin tins with 20 paper liners. Drain pineapple, pressing on fruit. Reserve pineapple and 1/4 cup juice separately.

2. Whisk flours, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt and nutmeg. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, oil, buttermilk, honey, brown sugar and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Mix in carrots and pineapple.

3. Fill liners almost to top. Bake, switching tins halfway through, until tops spring back when pressed, 14 to 16 minutes. Let cool slightly in tins, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

4. Whisk cream cheese, reserved juice and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread 1/2 Tbsp. glaze on each cupcake and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

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  • Yield: Yield: 20 cupcakes (serving size: 1 cupcake)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 204
Fat per serving: 12g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 23g
Fiber per serving: 1g
Cholesterol per serving: 35mg
Iron per serving: 1mg
Sodium per serving: 232mg
Calcium per serving: 32mg

Good to Know

The carrots in this tropical-frosted dessert are rich in beta-carotene and give your immunity system a boost of vitamin A.