Friday, February 25, 2022

Carrot Cupcakes from @MaddieDayAuthor

MADDIE DAY here, delighted to bring you celebratory cupcakes during my book release week! Batter off Dead is the tenth Country Store Mystery, so I threw a tenth book birthday party for the series on launch day.


The carrot cupcakes were fast, easy, and delicious. And aren't they sweet with their book cover flags?

Without further ado, here's the recipe. I adapted it from my favorite (and only) muffin recipe book, Wild about Muffins by Angela Clubb (1982). You can see it's well-loved!

Carrot Cupcakes

Makes 12 medium.


Picture omitted the cinnamon

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup finely grated peeled carrot
1/12 cup unbleached white flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
8 ounces cream cheese softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a standard muffin tin, or line with cupcake papers.

Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. 

Beat in buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in the carrots.

Mix dry ingredients, then mix with beater or fork until just moistened. Spoon into prepared pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool.

Beat softened cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth (mine wasn't that smooth, but I gave up early).

Frost the cupcakes and enjoy with a good book!

Readers: What's your favorite cupcake or muffin flavor?

My most recent release is Batter Off Dead, Country Store Mystery #10, out now!

The just prior release was Murder at the Lobstah Shack, the third Cozy Capers Book Group Mystery.

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Maddie Day (aka Edith Maxwell) is a talented amateur chef and holds a PhD in Linguistics from Indiana University. An Agatha Award-winning and bestselling author, she is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and also writes award-winning short crime fiction. She lives with her beau north of Boston, where she’s currently working on her next mystery when she isn’t cooking up something delectable in the kitchen.


  1. My favorite muffin flavor is blueberry.
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  2. I love baking morning glory muffins but don't always have all the ingredients. Next fave muffin is blueberry.

  3. My favorite muffin is lemon poppyseed. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your muffins look good!


  4. With an abundance of blueberries, we enjoy a lot of blueberry muffins. All in all, I've not had a muffin or cupcake that I didn't love.

    We love this breakfast muffin which is a whole meal in one little cupcake.
    All In One Breakfast Muffin
    1 ¾ cup flour
    1 cup 3 minute oats
    ¼ cup sugar
    1 tsp. baking powder
    ¼ tsp salt
    1 egg, slightly beaten
    1 cup milk
    1/3 cup oil
    ½ pound bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
    ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
    1/3 cup onion - finely chopped
    1/3 cup bell pepper – finely chopped
    In bowl combine the dry ingredients (first 5) and set aside. Mix milk, egg and oil.
    Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients all at once. Stir only until moistened.
    Stir in bacon, cheese, onion and bell pepper.
    Fill greased muffin pan 2/3 full.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 15-18 minutes
    Makes 1 dozen muffins
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

  5. I love blueberry muffins. ioncookbooks (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. I like the idea of individual cupcakes, rather than a whole cake.
    I used to love corn muffins toasted on a grill with butter. Haven't had one in ages.
    Congratulations on the newest book baby.

  7. Hi! I enjoy carrot cake and these cupcakes look like the perfect portion size. When my daughter turned one many years ago, we had a carrot cake birthday cake and everyone liked it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  8. My favorite muffin is a blueberry but I have never had a carrot cake muffin so it could become my favorite!