I made these adorable Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting and some incredible Easter Baskets (all made with Target Grocery Essentials) as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #TargetCrowd

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

I don’t know who gets more excited about the holidays – me or all of the kids in our family! This time of year – Easter is right around the corner – and for weeks I’ve been looking forward to shopping at my local Target store for my holiday supplies!

I call Target “my happy place” (seriously – as soon as I walk in the door of the store I’m smiling) and at Target I know that I’m sure to find everything I need – all in one place and at great prices!

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

Check out all of the wonderful items I scored on my last shopping trip: Easter candy, baskets, grass, plastic eggs, greeting cards, gifts, and more!  (They have everything I need to make the ultimate Easter baskets this year!)  Plus, Target Grocery carries so many Grocery Essentials there’s really no reason to shop anywhere else!

I’ve just started to do some holiday baking too – and that includes making these super cute Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting.  It’s a spicy carrot cupcake topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting flavored with fresh orange zest and candied ginger.  And I’ve decorated the top to look like a little bird’s nest – using some Twizzler’s Easter Grass, a mini Lindt Chocolate Chick for the mama bird, and some Easter-colored White Chocolate M&M’s for the eggs. (Aren’t they cute?)

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

And did you know that Target has Easter candy exclusives that you can only find at your local Target store?  No matter what your family’s favorite candy is, Target carries a great selection!  Here’s a look at some of the delicious candy that the ‘Easter Bunny’ 🙂 is putting in our baskets this year:

Cadbury White Chocolate Mini-Eggs, Limited Edition Fudge-Covered Peeps in Orange, Lemon and Lime Delight flavors, Twizzler’s Easter Grass Candy and Lindt Chocolate Chicks

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

Sweet Tarts Bunny Gummies and White Chocolate M&M’s

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

…and a Godiva Dark Chocolate Bunny, Brach’s Fruit Creme Jellybeans, and Starburst Sweet & Sour Jellybeans!

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

I always like to include some other goodies from Target in our family’s Easter baskets – and I found some really cute gift ideas in Target’s affordable One Spot section. I also found some Easter-themed kitchen towels, napkins and dishes too (for myself!) and we decorated the house with the cutest Easter décor – all from Target!

Click here for more information about all of the great Easter treats you’ll find at Target this year! And you can find more delicious recipes like our Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting right here.  Happy Easter everyone!

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Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting - A Family Feast

Carrot Cupcakes with Ginger-Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients

For the Cupcakes

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil or canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups finely grated peeled carrots (about 8 ounces carrots)
  • 1/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3 cup dark or golden raisins
  • 1/8 cup minced crystallized ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated orange peel

For the Frosting

  • One 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup minced crystallized ginger
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel

For the Decoration

  • 1 package Twizzlers Easter Grass Candy
  • 12 Lindt Mini Chocolate Chicks
  • Assorted colors White Chocolate M&M’s (or jellybeans)

Instructions

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard sized muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt and baking powder in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and oil in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time and beat until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat just until blended.
  3. Stir in grated carrots, pecans, raisins, crystallized ginger and orange peel; blend well. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake cupcakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 20-25 minutes. Cool cupcakes in pan 20 minutes. Turn cupcakes out onto rack and cool completely.

FOR THE FROSTING:

  1. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until smooth. Beat in crystallized ginger and orange peel. Chill until firm enough to spread, about 30 minutes.
  2. Spread frosting thickly over top of cupcakes. Or if desired, transfer frosting to pastry bag fitted with large star tip and pipe frosting in lattice pattern over top of cupcakes.
  3. Decorate the cupcakes as shown in the photo by creating a nest using pieces of Twizzlers Easter Grass Candy. Add a Lindt Mini Chocolate Chick and M&M’s or Jelly Beans to the nest.

DO-AHEAD TIP:

  1. Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Place cupcakes side by side in storage container and cover with lid. Or wrap cupcakes individually in plastic wrap, leaving space between top of cakes and wrap, so as not to disturb frosting.

 

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  • Judy@ImBoredLetsGo wrote:

    These cupcakes are so cute! The ginger/orange addition to the frosting sounds really yummy!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Judy!

  • Miranda @ Cookie Dough & Oven Mitt wrote:

    Holy moly. You have me excited for Easter now! lol Look at all that amazing stuff. I’m 28 and want a basket like that especially if it has a couple of those cupcakes stuffed in there. I love carrot cake and ginger!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Miranda! (I happily went a little overboard this year getting ready for Easter!) 🙂

  • Tonia wrote:

    These are so adorable! I was planning to make almost the same cupcakes, but switched it up at the last minute. Now I’m going to have to make these too. You kids are going to love their Easter baskets!

    • Martha wrote:

      Can’t wait to see your recipe Tonia!

  • stephanie @ Back for Seconds wrote:

    These sound delicious and they are absolutely adorable!!

  • Angie wrote:

    What adorable cupcakes! And I haven’t even thought about Easter shopping yet, but it looks like I’ll be going to Target! You scored some great stuff!

  • Cookin Canuck wrote:

    Oh my, those cupcakes! And I love that you topped them with those adorable Lindt chocolates.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes wrote:

    OK these are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen!! Target is my happy place, as well!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ashley!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    very festive! they are perfect for Easter

  • Heather / girlichef wrote:

    I hear that – Target is one of my happy places, too! Ginger, orange, and carrot are such a perfect combination of flavors. These sound delicious…and they’re SO adorable!

  • Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife wrote:

    Those are adorable and so creative! Target is my happy place as well. Love it!!

  • Michelle@healthiersteps wrote:

    I love Target, always finding lovely gifts there. Lovely cupcakes!

  • samantha wrote:

    These are really adorable! Perfect for kids on easter. I love the way you created a nest!! Really creative.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Samantha!

  • Erin @ Texanerin Baking wrote:

    These look great! And that frosting sounds to die for. I miss Target! So wish we had that over here.

  • Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet wrote:

    I heart Target!! I did not realize they had exclusive candy! Must go check out! These are super cute!

  • Rose | The Clean Dish wrote:

    Hm I think I’d like to be a kid in your house 😉
    These carrot cupcakes are too cute!! The frosting looks perfect!

  • Kristen Hess (The Artful Gourmet) wrote:

    Adorable! Such a cute idea for Easter..!

  • Lana | Never Enough Thyme wrote:

    Delicious cupcakes and decorated just perfectly for Easter! Target is my happy place, too. I find loads of photo props there for blogging, too.

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    This whole set up is adorable! If I brought those cupcakes to Easter my whole family would go crazy!

  • Sarah Walker Caron (Sarah’s Cucina Bella) wrote:

    Oooh, those cupcakes are so pretty! Love the edible grass!

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    I love shopping at Target for holiday stuff too! They always have the cutest stuff! I’m in love with these cupcakes and those decorations on top are so sweet!

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