My Carrot Cake cupcakes combine a delicious carrot cake flavoured sponge filled with raisins, walnuts and tasty spices of cinnamon and ginger topped with a dairy free buttercream. If you do make this recipe I’d love to see, don’t forget to tag me in your photos over on social media!
Frequently Asked Questions
Which butter do you use for the the buttercream?
I use the Stork ‘perfect for baking’ 250g gold packet butter which is naturally dairy free and available in most major UK supermarkets. If you can’t get hold of this butter, it’s always best to use a hard dairy free butter block instead of a soft spread for a dairy free buttercream as soft spreads can sometimes cause the mixture to curdle.
Why do you use vegetable oil instead of butter in the cake mix?
In this particular recipe, using vegetable oil instead of butter helps the cakes to last longer and provides a lovely moist texture. If you don’t have vegetable oil you could also use sunflower oil.
How long will this cake last?
It will last in an airtight container for around 5 days.
1/4teaspoonxanthan gum (Omit if your flour blend already contains this)
1.5 teaspoonsbaking powder
1teaspoonbicarbonate of soda
1/2teaspoonground mixed spice
225glight brown sugar
For the buttercream
200gdairy free butter block
Splash of dairy free milk
For the cupcakes
Preheat your oven to 180°C and place 12-16 cupcake cases into a cupcake tin.
In a large bowl, mix plain flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. Add light brown sugar, raisins, walnuts, and carrot and mix until combined.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract, then add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture. Stir until fully combined.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases to nearly full and bake for around 22-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool for 1 hour.
In a medium bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on a medium speed until soft. Gradually add icing sugar, continuing to beat for up to 5 minutes until combined and creamy. Add vanilla and dairy free milk and whisk again.
Pipe the buttercream on top of the cupcakes and decorate as you please. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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