Chocolate Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Moist chocolate cupcakes with a surprise carrot filling! Fun and festive cupcakes for Spring gatherings.

Moist chocolate carrot patch cupcakes! A fun and festive Spring treat! | bakedbyrachel.com

You know what’s funny about Spring? Okay, maybe not funny, more like exciting! Everyone starts thinking about flowers and what they’re going to plant in their gardens. From bold colorful flowers in all kinds of varieties, to veggies and fruit. Maybe a carrot or two? I keep dreaming about a big beautiful garden, so far that’s as far as I’ve gotten though. Someday! There is always that.

And of course what do you think of along with Spring and carrots? Birds chirping, warmer weather, Easter, brunch, Easter egg hunts and fun gatherings with friends and family. Right?! Right. So along with that, you definitely need delicious treats and other festive goodies to bring to the parties.

I’ve made a fun garden-esque Spring treat for you, in collaboration with my good friends at McCormick. These cupcakes to be exact.

Moist chocolate carrot patch cupcakes! A fun and festive Spring treat! | bakedbyrachel.com

While these carrot patch cupcakes definitely didn’t come from a garden, they’re definitely inspired by Spring.

They’re a fun addition to any gathering or Easter celebration you have planned! Not only were these fun carrot patch cupcakes a huge hit at my house, I promise they’ll be a hit with your friends and family too… both kids and adults!

Moist chocolate cupcakes, each with a surprise carrot filling and topped off with edible candy grass! The bold flavors and colors are a perfect match for Spring! Who wouldn’t love that?!

Be sure to add these fun cupcakes to your recipe plans!

Moist chocolate carrot patch cupcakes! A fun and festive Spring treat! | bakedbyrachel.com

Chocolate Carrot Patch Cupcakes

Moist chocolate cupcakes with a surprise carrot filling! Fun and festive cupcakes for Spring gatherings.

Ingredients:

1 batch chocolate cupcakes
1 batch vanilla frosting
Powdered sugar, optional
1 batch chocolate frosting
1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
yellow and red McCormick food coloring
Edible green candy grass

Directions:

Bake cupcakes according to recipe or package instructions. Cool completely.

In a medium bowl, mix vanilla frosting with 12 drops yellow and 4 drops red McCormick food color. Add additional red or yellow as needed to obtain the desired color. To thicken frosting, so it is carrot piping consistency, add several tablespoons of powdered sugar at a time until desired consistency is reached. Add to a large piping bag with fitted with a large round tip. Set aside.

Using a sharp knife, hollow out a cone shape in the center of each cupcake. Add chocolate frosting to a medium bowl, whisk to remove any air bubbles. Using a butter knife or small offset spatula, spread a small amount of chocolate frosting around the edge of each cupcake. Sprinkle well with cookie crumbs. Pipe orange frosting into the center of each cupcake, ending with a small mound. Finish with a few pieces of snipped edible green candy grass.

Store cupcakes in an airtight container.

*Your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe or a chocolate box mix may be used, follow instructions accordingly.
**For frosting and cupcake recipe ideas, see post.

Inspired by McCormick

Cupcake and frosting recipes:
Devil’s food cupcakes with vanilla buttercream
Guinness chocolate cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting
Chocolate eggnog cupcakes
Carrot cake cupcakes with maple cream cheese frosting
Surprise watercolor layer cake with vanilla buttercream frosting
Vanilla cupcakes with two tone vanilla buttercream frosting

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McCormick. I was compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.


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22 Responses to “Chocolate Carrot Patch Cupcakes”

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    Chloe @ foodlikecake — April 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

    So cute! I love them :-)

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — April 4, 2014 at 9:23 am

    These are just the cutest! I love how simple they are but everyone will love them.

    • Rachel — April 4th, 2014 @ 10:21 am

      Thank you!! :)

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    Mir — April 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

    They’re too cute. I almost can’t stand it. :)

    • Rachel — April 4th, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks Mir! :)

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    Cassie — April 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Where did you find the edible grass?

    • Rachel — April 4th, 2014 @ 10:20 am

      I found mine in the Easter candy section at Target but I’m sure other stores will have it this time of year too.

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    Claire Gallam — April 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Oh gosh these are so cute!!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — April 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Cute cupcakes, perfect for Easter:)

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    Terri/LoveandConfections — April 4, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    These cupcakes are too cute! I was thinking about making something similar but in loaf form – like a little garden patch. The edible grass is a good idea – i need to look for it.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 4, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    These are just too cute! I am so happy that it is finally starting to feel like Spring.

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    Aqiyl Aniys — April 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Your cupcakes are pretty cool. I love the idea. Looks like carrots are growing in the cupcakes. :)

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    Medeja — April 4, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    What a creative and interesting idea for the decoration! Looks amazing!

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    Shawn @ I Wash You Dry — April 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Way to stinkin’ cute!! LOVE THEM!

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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — April 4, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Aren’t these just too cute! And so inspired! May I have one?

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — April 5, 2014 at 9:43 am

    These cupcakes are just the cutest! I love the chocolate “”dirt””. ;)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 7, 2014 at 5:13 am

    So adorable & perfect for spring! Pinned (and your scalloped potato dish, too!)

    • Rachel — April 7th, 2014 @ 7:08 am

      Thanks Averie! :)

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — April 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    These are too cute!

    • Rachel — April 13th, 2014 @ 9:17 am

      Thanks Laura!

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    Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — April 12, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    These are so cute and clever! What a creative idea!

    • Rachel — April 13th, 2014 @ 9:13 am

      Thanks Jamie!

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