Monday, March 25, 2019

Carrot Cake Cupcakes #SpringSweetsWeek

Delicious, tender carrot and pineapple laced crumb spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.  Baked to perfection and covered with a pineapple cream cheese frosting before getting a sprinkle of Spring Sunshine.....

It is time for Spring Sweets Week.....woooohoooooo!!!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone. 

Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2019 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures! What better way to celebrate the coming of spring than with food and a fun giveaway? 30 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring!  Get ready to ditch your hats, coats, and snow boots and get ready for some delicious sweet treats like cupcakes, cookies, sweet breads, and cocktails! Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much Swiss Diamond, Dixie Crystals, Nancy’s Yogurt, Sprinkle Pop, Adams Extracts, Barleans, Melissa’s Produce, and PEEPS® for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!

I am going to tell you all about the prizes that you can win and how to enter to win them but first let me share what the other bloggers are sharing today!

Monday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes

The recipe that I am sharing with you today features decorating candies from Sprinkle Pop.  Sprinkle Pop sent me 3 packages of Easter/Spring Sprinkles.  I used some of each so you could get a look at all of them.

These cupcakes are perfect for Easter, Mother's Day or any Spring celebration.  They are easy and quick enough that you don't even need an occasion.  Serve them up one night just to surprise your family with a little homemade loving.

These sprinkles not only taste good they are absolutely adorable.  Look at those bunnies, carrots and eggs sprinkled in with the pastel jimmies and candy pearls.

I will be joining in all week long with the other participants who are sharing dishes to make your Spring Sweet!!  Stop by tomorrow when I share a sweet and healthy way to start your day.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

prep time: 1 hourcook time: 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 30 mins
Delicious, tender carrot and pineapple laced crumb spiced with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Baked to perfection and covered with a pineapple cream cheese frosting.


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ginger
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 1/4 c. butter, melted
  • 1 t. vanilla 
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 carrots, scraped and grated
  • 1/2 c. crushed pineapple drained
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 1/4 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 c.  crushed pineapple, drained


  1. Place flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Stir on low speed to combine.
  2. Add oil, melted butter and vanilla to the dry ingredients with the speed still on low.  When moistened, increase the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well between each.  
  3. Turn speed to low and fold in carrots and pineapple.
  4. Divide the batter between a 12 cup cupcake tin that has been treated with baking spray.  Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 25-30 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake removes cleanly.
  5. Move to a cooling rack and cool in pan for 10 minutes before turning onto the rack to cool completely.
  1. In small bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy.   Stir in the vanilla.  Gradually add the powdered sugar, using low speed to incorporate and then using high speed until creamy.
  2. Turn speed to low and fold in the pineapple.  
  3. Spread frosting onto the completely cooled cupcakes and garnish as desired (I recommend Sprinkle Pop products)


Adapted from a recipe found in Cuisine at Home, Issue #50.
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Check out the amazing prizes you can win in our #SpringSweetsWeek Giveaway!


  Prize #1:   Swiss Diamond Cookware is giving one winner an XD Nonstick 6 Piece Newlywed Kitchen Kit!  Swiss Diamond’s 6-Piece XD Newlywed Set is the ultimate nonstick cookware collection, with a pot or pan for nearly every recipe you can think of! Nothing conducts heat more efficiently than diamonds, and combined with the extra-thick cast aluminum body, these pans have amazingly even heat distribution. With this superior heat retention, they sear ingredients as well as stainless steel, but without the messy cleanup. The XD nonstick coating releases so well, you can cook anything without a drop of oil or butter.   This set includes a 9.5" fry pan, an 8" fry pan, a 2.2 quart saucepan with lid, and 5.5 quart soup pot with lid. Swiss Diamond® International dates back to 1974, when HORT Coating Center SA was founded in Sierre, Switzerland, as a scientific research company exploring new materials and surface coatings. Fast forward a few years to 2001, when a revolutionary nonstick coating suitable for use on cookware was developed, which led to the creation of Swiss Diamond® International SA. Visit for delicious recipes and the best nonstick cookware around.  

  Prize #2:  Dixie Crystals is giving one winner the Wilton Ultimate Cake Decorating Tools Set!   What better way to decorate your cakes made with Dixie Crystals sugar then to use this decorating set?  A blue and white rectangular organizer caddy has 4 see-through drawers and 2 top compartments for holding tips, plus slots on the side to hold spatulas.  Included in the caddy are 263 pieces including piping tips, a practice board, decorating bags, straight and angled spatulas, flower nails and an icing comb. There's also a lot of handy fondant tools including a roller, cut-out sets, impression mats, modeling tools, shaping foam and a fondant smoother. It's a cake decorators dream! Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results.   Visit for hundreds of recipes, holiday ideas, great ways to get kids baking in the kitchen, and plenty of baking videos.

Prize #3:  Melissa's Produce is giving one winner an Organic Family Produce Box.  This box contains 100% organic fruits and vegetables including kale, cucumbers, apples, pears, lemons, oranges, carrots, onions, celery, garlic, and so much more!  It's easy to get in your five servings of fruits and vegetables with this fun produce box. Joe and Sharon Hernandez founded Melissa's Produce with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The original office had just three telephones and four chairs.  In a few short years the company would grew to occupy a newly renovated and expanded 280,000 square foot office and warehouse complex.  The Melissa's brand is named after Joe and Sharon's daughter, who takes an active role in the company.  The company's Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with staples, exotics and Melissa's full line of organic produce.  Visit to find the best fruits, vegetables, gifts, and to get tasty recipes.

Prize #4:  Nancy's Yogurt is giving one winner a fabulous Nancy's Yogurt tote bag full of fun items!   One winner will receive a tote bag stuffed with coupons for free Nancy's Yogurt products, a super cute T-shirt, recipe cards, and Post-Its.  It's everything you need to learn more about Nancy's Yogurt. Chuck and Sue Kesey opened Springfield Creamery in Oregon in 1960 right after they got married.  For the first decade they focused on bottling glass jugs of milk for home delivery and school lunches.  Nancy Van Brasch Hamren joined the Creamery in 1969 and shared her recipe for making yogurt.  Nancy’s became the first yogurt sold in the United States to contain live probiotics.  In 1999 Nancy's Yogurt began distributing to all 50 states.  Today there are nearly 60 employees and Springfield Creamery makes over 100 cultured dairy and soy products.   To learn more about Nancy's Yogurt, the products they sell, and how they make their products visit
  Prize #5:  PEEPS is giving one winner a gift card to PEEPS® & Co.  The winner can choose from a variety of delicious PEEPS® & Co candy items as well as apparel.  They even have fun gifts like throw blankets, slippers, plush bunnies, and socks.   The choice is yours! Just Born, the company that makes PEEPS® & Co., was founded in 1923 in New York and moved to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1932.  Just Born got its name when founder, Sam Born, proudly displayed in his store window an evolving line of daily-made candy, declaring them "just born".  Today we enjoy the wonderful combination of sweet colored sugar and fluffy marshmallows that create the unforgettable taste experience of PEEPS® Brand Marshmallow Candies.  Visit to buy PEEPS® & Co. candy, gifts, and apparel.  

Prize #6:  Barlean's is giving one winner a bottle of Seriously Delicious Omega-3, Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil, and a bag of Super Seeds.    Seriously Delicious Omega-3 is a tasty way to add Omega-3's to your diet without a fishy after taste.  The Extra Strength Ideal CBD Hemp Oil is made from US grown hemp, contains no artificial ingredients, has a natural mint flavor, and is gluten free, vegan, and is known to promote health and to keep people resilient to changes in their environment.  Super Seeds are a delicious way to add antioxidants and Omega-3's to your morning oatmeal, smoothies, and yogurt.  Barlean's believes that people can make a difference in the world through ordinary purchases. They are on a mission to make premium natural supplements and functional foods that feed the mind and body and using our profits to support outreach programs for people in need, both locally and around the world.  Visit to learn more about their products, community, and where you can purchase their products.

Prize #7:  Adams Extract is giving one winner four of their amazing extracts and a set of their food colors.   The extracts include Pure Almond Extract, Pure Vanilla Extract, and Pure Lemon Extract.  The winner will also receive Adams Best Twice as Strong Vanilla which is awesome to bake with.  John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract in 1888 in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, TX.  Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams created a new formula for vanilla.  His wife tested it by whipping up a cake and announced, "John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used.” “Well, that’s old man Adams BEST,” he responded. The name stuck, and Adams Best was born!  Today, Adams manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, and many more.   To learn more about Adams Extract, to shop their products, or to find delicious recipes visit  
Prize #8:  Sprinkle Pop is giving one winner six fabulous sprinkle mixes from their Easter collection!   The sprinkle mixes include Hangin' with my Peeps, Bewitched, Signature, Green Tea, Cottontail Confetti, and Egg Hunt.  These fun sprinkles are a great addition to any spring or Easter baked goods.  Liz Butts founded Sprinkle Pop in Texas.  Liz found that not only can she pinpoint exactly what sprinkle color combinations work best together, she can create a custom blend with the perfect textures.  She grew the business from a one-woman show operating out of the small “sprinkle room” in her house on nights and weekends then soon expanded to a dedicated warehouse space with a devoted team of sprinkle fairies in under a year. She makes delicious sprinkle mixes that are custom, vibrant and luxurious.  Over 50% of all the sprinkles are dyed in house so they are one of a kind!   Visit to shop their sprinkles, learn how they give back to the community, and for fun recipes!

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  1. I love that there is pineapple in these cupcakes. I know my hubby would love them!

  2. I agree with Ellen, love the pineapple in carrot cakes and the sprinkles are too cute.

  3. These are so cute! Perfect to make with kids for Easter.

  4. Sprinkles make everything so fun. These are adorable.

  5. Carrot cake and cream cheese frosting are a match made in heaven! I love that there is pineapple in the frosting as well, I have never tried that. Those sprinkles are darling!

    1. Thanks Carlee, the frosting was great and I am not a frosting fan.

  6. Yep.. I'm in! I will take a dozen! lol!

  7. These sound so flavorful and I love the decoration on top!

  8. I love how festive the sprinkles make these - perfect look and perfect flavor for spring!

  9. I love these cupcakes! The sprinkles make them look so springy!

  10. Those cupcakes sound so good! I love working with these sprinkles. So gorgeous.

  11. Those look so cute! And I can just imagine how good they taste. Carrot cake is one of my favorites.

  12. That pineapple frosting sounds delicious! Such a great pairing with carrot cake. And, of course, the sprinkles are awesome!

  13. What fun flavors all together. Perfect for a spring cupcake

  14. I love carrot and pineapple together, but what really got me was ginger! I just love using it in desserts. These look awesome!

  15. I am in love with the idea of making carrot cake in cupcake form. And those sprinkles are just adorable.

  16. What a fun cupcake idea, and those sprinkles really make it spring-y!

  17. Cupcakes are always a welcome sight. Just like spring! Loving the sprinkles on these!

  18. I love carrot cake! Perfect for spring and Easter. The sprinkles are just perfect to dress up the cupcakes!

  19. Pineapple in carrot cake! I bet it makes it extra sweet and extra moist

  20. Cute and so full of yummy flavors! The pineapple is perfect!

  21. Even I love carrot and pineapple together. Blog


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