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Single-Lady Carrot Cake Cupcake

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Once upon a time, I devised a super-healthy cupcake to bring to a nursing home.

A Popularity Contest

Voted most popular? The 24-Carrot Cupcakes.

With their good-for-you stats and delicious taste, it seemed everyone in bloggieland wanted to be their friend. However, the cupcakes must’ve done something to fall out of favor with the “in” crowd; recently they’ve felt very lonely. How lonely? Why, single-lady lonely, of course!

vegan carrot cake cupcake

Single-Lady Carrot Cake Cupcake

(Serves One!)

  • 30g (scant 1/4 cup) flour
  • 20g applesauce, oil, or pre-melted margarine (scant 1T plus 1 tsp)
  • a little over 1/16th tsp salt
  • about 1T shredded carrot (20g)
  • 1T water or milk of choice (or a little more if needed)
  • 1/4 tsp each vanilla extract, cinnamon, and baking powder
  • sweetener, such as 1 packet NuNaturals stevia or 2 tsp sugar

Combine all dry ingredients, then mix in liquid (including applesauce, if using). Transfer to a muffin tin, ramekin, or even a mini loaf pan. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 325F, for 12-15 minutes. Or try cooking it in the microwave!

See 24 carrot-cupcake post for nutrition information.

vegan carrot cupcake

I iced my carrot cupcake with Healthy Cream-Cheese Icing.

And added a little shredded carrot for panache.

Super Bowl Sunday

How did you spend your Sunday? Did you watch the Super Bowl?

Football’s not my favorite sport to watch (that’d be hockey). However, depending on the teams involved, I’m sometimes interested in the Super Bowl. This year, not so much. But I did go to a party… and I did bring along a healthy chocolate cake. More on that later this week! And thanks to everyone who weighed in on yesterday’s post. There didn’t seem to be any clear-cut winners, but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you haven’t yet left them.

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Jennifer says:

    Maybe it’s me and the fact that my brain doesn’t work on Mondays as well as it does on other days (if it ever does!), but are there any carrots in the cupcake itself?

    I am, though, a great lover of carrot cake, so this is very exciting!

    1. Oh my word! Thank you, Jennifer, for catching my mistake. LOL leave it to me to post a carrot cake recipe and forget the carrots! I fixed it. Talk about a case of the Mondays! 😕

      1. That is hilarious! 😉 Totally something I would do… and not even on a Monday!

        1. I’m just annoyed because I can’t fix the email that goes out to email subscribers! Oh well… lol

          1. Jennifer says:

            I must say that I am feeling much less confused. Thanks, Katie, for another great recipe!

  2. Albizia says:

    The concept of carrot cake is not very clear for me but I also thought there should be carrots in it. But carrot cake is not very popular on this side of the Earth :) .

  3. Girl, I watche dthe commercials and that was IT. I almost fell asleep during the approx. 3 minutes of the actual game that I watched;)

    Slash carrot cake = my favorite! I made my own carrot cake on my birthday, and ohhh my goodness it lasted so long!

  4. Ya gotta love easy single serving recipes especially for favorite baked treats! This looks perfectly delicious! We watched mindless tv last night and played scrabble instead of football. Perfect night if you ask me. Have a great day Katie!

    1. Ok, next year I’m ditching my friends to play scrabble with you! :)

      1. It’s a date! You bring the cupcakes!

  5. VeggieGirl says:

    OOOh that looks divine!

    The super bowl was yesterday? 😉

  6. Gen says:

    That looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    My dad watched the Super Bowl ,but it started at like 8:30 PM here.

  7. The cupcake is so cute!

    I missed Christina singing but I heard about it — I’m sure she is super embarrassed today, I would be! I thought the BEP sounded terrible, did their microphones not work right? The dancing was cool though.

    I loved the Darth Vader/VW commercial and the one where the guy is told “you hit reply all” and then runs around slapping laptops out of everyone’s hands. Ha!

    1. Oh my gosh, I felt exactly the same way! I love the BEPs and was so excited they were the 1/2-time show… but then they started singing (if you can call it that?) and it was awful :-?.
      And the Darth Vader commercial was one of my favorites, too :). (And I liked the reply all one too… you have good taste!) So many of the other ones were trying to get laughs with violence. Apparently violence is funny now?

      1. For some reason I felt compelled to come back and tell you this — one of my least favorite commercials was the Kim Kardashian Shape-Ups one — I just get annoyed with those shoes in the first place and I hate to think that people will think she keeps her body in shape with those worthless shoes.

    2. That was my favorite commercial, too! So cute! Reminded me of my little brother 😉

  8. I have seen these so many times but never tried them, and I just bought an INSANE amount of carrots… 1 + 1 = carrot cake? 😉

  9. a hundred times yum, Katie!! :)

  10. I know I’m totally a communist, but carrot cake is just not my favorite thing! *ducks from thrown tomatoes… or throw carrots?* I would put blueberries it anyday though :)

    1. Well then you probably didn’t mind my mistake LOL!

  11. Eric Jaffa says:

    Why bash Christina Aguilera over a small mistake in a live performance?
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christina Aguilera says she flubbed a line as she belted out the national anthem at the start of the Super Bowl after getting lost in the moment and losing her place.

    She says in a statement, “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of it’s anthem still came through.”*/Article_2011-02-06-Super%20Bowl%20Aguilera/id-b892241514dd4bb7a50e6026b57a600a

  12. Those look scrumptious! Love carrot cake.

    Yep, watched the superbowl a little.

  13. like sushi for one but better

  14. YuM! I love topping my carrot cakes with coconut butter :)

    I actually was playing in a tennis tournament this weekend, so by the time I got home I was very tired, but I watched it anyway. I’m not a football fan, but I like watching the funny commercials and the half-time show. While having some good ol comfort food in a bowl. :)

  15. yay you made the carrot cake. i had to root for the black and gold BUT omg how do you botch the national anthem? also, i was pained to sit through that halftime show. holy fergie keep your mouth shut! yikes.

    1. Maria says:

      I agree! I’d told my bf that I liked the black eyed peas, and he said, “Who are they?” After halftime, I was embarrassed to have said I liked them!

  16. Maria says:

    That baby carrot cake looks perfect! I wonder how he’d feel in my tummy…

  17. I love single serving desserts :) Thanks for all these recipes!

  18. eatandrun says:

    Yummy that looks so good!

  19. Leslie says:

    I’ve been waiting for this cupcake recipe for my whole life! I didn’t even know it ;). Will definitely be making this today, and I’ll let you know how it goes. Thanks, Katie!

  20. this is why i am in love with you

    1. Not as much as I am in love with you just for being you :). P.S. emailed you!

  21. Hannah says:

    I know you probably get this all the time….BUT YOU ARE AMAZING!
    No seriously, you are! In my very short blogging life, I can honestly say I find myself on your page every time I open up my computer. I am now a fan of baby-making (and one has even taken the spotlight on my header!), and my list of “To-make” has grown about a page longer, haha.
    To top that all off, I told my roommate last night that I really wanted some carrot cake, and I was super excited when I saw that’s what your post was about today!

    Wow, long comment….but I had to tell you how amazing you are!

    1. Sweetest long comment ever! Aw Hannah, thank you so much for your sweet words. And lol your header is SO cute! Love the baby flower!! :)

  22. Sable says:

    I went to the gym during the Superbowl (would’ve watched if my team was playing but honestly I didn’t care who won!) — it was MARVELOUS. I had the place to myself. There was *one* other person there.

  23. Gina says:

    Perfection for one is more like it! Now I just need to experiment with a gluten-free flour in this recipe and my belly will be one happy camper :)

  24. abby says:

    i hate football. but i love carrot cake! i’m writing this one down as a must try! :)

  25. I did go to a Superbowl party but I missed the national anthem! Now that everyone’s talking about it, I guess I need to go find a video.

  26. Cat says:

    Must try this recipe tonight… I can’t say we were too into the game last night since the only football I really like watching is college football. Instead of the traditional superbowl food we went for your roasted cauliflower nuggets, some veggie crudite and wine. Who says football parties can’t be fancy? :)

    I have to say my fav commercial was the Audi one with the jail for “old money” along with the “Reply All” one. Particularly bc I’ve made that mistake myself!

  27. Alyson says:

    I didn’t even see the superbowl, let alone go to a party. I was busy doing homework watching the office and outsourced with my boyfriend. :) Needless to say, it was a very unproductive night, followed by Glee after the superbowl. :) (I kind of wanted to watch it, but I didn’t know what channel it was on… Isn’t that silly? And I realized after that I had missed all the commercials. :( So left out of American culture…. Hahahaha. Those cupcakes sound yummlicious, and I hope everyone enjoyed that cake! It sounds fantastic! (Then again, anything chocolate sounds fantastic! 😉)

  28. This looks so good! You’re a genius, I swear.

  29. Rach says:

    Definitely loved the commercial with the little boy dressed as Darth Vader playing outside. And his dad starts the car from inside the house. It’s brilliant. I love it. It is SO something my husband would do!

  30. Carrot cake is my favorite!

    I did watch the Super Bowl yesterday. It was a great game even though I didn’t have a team to cheer for. Maybe next year the Lions will make it. HA! :-)

  31. Thank you for the recipe – sounds amazing! 😀

  32. GabyE says:

    ooooo that cupcake looks soooo good. (wow there’s a lot of o’s in that sentence)

    + I wanted to tell you I got “food for life’s” moofrey burgers and cluckfrey nuggets at whole foods. I don’t usually eat meat substitutes, but I thought I’d try these after your fabulous review. lol. And they are so delicious, and its so much fun eating them too!

    1. LOL I’m so glad you liked them! I still haven’t even tried the chicken ones! Or maybe I did, a long time ago… now I forget!

  33. Didnt watch football, havent even been online enough yet today to even hear about and debacles or anything that went wrong with the halftime show, Christina, etc. Im sure I will hear all about it :)

    Skylar and i went to the mall during the game for a girls day out :) We went make up and body spray shopping and it was fabulous!

    Love the cupcake!!

  34. Yay Superbowl! I like watching football, and I was especially interested in this game because it featured two former Cal Bears (Aaron Rodgers and Desmond Bishop). But I totally felt like the odd woman out at the Superbowl Party I attended. Other girls were more interested in cooking and watching the Puppy Bowl–which WAS adorable.

    1. That’s how I always feel watching hockey. I know more about it than most guys. Oh well!
      I need to google this “puppy bowl.” I have no idea what it is!

      1. CutePi314 says:

        Late to the party on this one but…

        I feel the same way about hockey, Katie. My boyfriend just recently got into it after meeting me about 7 months ago, and it was so fun to have to be teaching a GUY about a sport! I’ve been watching hockey since I was born (unfortunately I’ve never seen the Bruins win a Cup, too young), and I absolutely love it. I shout and swear at the TV just like one of the boys. I grew up in and around the sport. I even work at a hockey rink!

        And the Puppy Bowl is the only thing I watch during the Super Bowl. Football…yuck!


        1. I hate hockey!!! Hate hate hate!
          Or maybe I’m just feeling bitter… because my beloved Dallas Stars didn’t make the playoffs :( :( :(.
          That’s so cool you work at a hockey rink… when I was little, I actually wanted to play! There were no girl leagues, but there are now!

  35. Angie says:

    Great recipe! I like how you make it an individual cupcake instead of a dozen! My mom is ready to kill me with all the left over muffins/bars/brownies we have!

  36. Yay! The carrot cake for one!!!! I can’t wait to make it :)

    I spent my Sunday baking!!!

  37. I am SO making this!! It’ll be my first vegan carrot cake! I’ll go out tomorrow to buy a carrot specially :) Can’t wait for your chocolate cake recipe too!! You are SO amazingly creative Katie!! GENIUS GIRL! 😀

  38. Geraldine says:

    Amazing! Now I can get my cake hit without having to eat a whole batch. Plus I can’t eat the batter b/c then there would be no cake :-) Thanks for this recipe!

  39. Moni'sMeals says:

    yum yum yum yummmmm! That is what I got for you today Katie!

    Did not watch much of the super bowl at all but I liked the Darth Vader Kid car commercial. :)

  40. bitt says:

    I didn’t really watch anything other than the halftime game. I’ve already forgotten who’s won. I prefer hockey and just about any other sport. Although the Glee show afterwards did make football more interesting to me. :-)

    1. I knew I liked you. Hockey > football. Always :).

  41. I made something really similar to this for breakfast the other day.. and used the microwave. I used oats instead of flour.. so good! Yay for healthy baked goods.

  42. Helen says:

    Love football so we did watch the game, but it wasn’t really an exciting game. Hated the performances this year, embarressing!!

    I will have to try this cupcake, I love cupcakes :)

    As for yesterdays post, I sometimes plan in advance for posts on weekends. If I have several thoughts at once I start the draft, mainly so I don’t forget. I usually blog daily but have be known to miss a day…soemtimes life is more important.

    I love and live by lists!

  43. Tara says:

    I can’t wait to try that cupcake. Carrot Cake is the dessert of my childhood, so it’s definitely one of my favorite desserts. Or breakfasts, because this is healthy enough for breakfast!

    I’m totally a hockey girl too, but there was a doritos commercial that was hilarious. I think it was called “house sitting” or something.

  44. Hannah says:

    Brilliant! Would you believe I’ve never had carrot cake in my life? That is about to change, as soon as I get home tonight 😉

    1. Oh no! Yes, you must remedy this lol.

  45. Leslie says:

    You are a genius! I made this as soon as I got home from work. I might have even left work a little early just to make it that much sooner ;). It was AWESOME! Perfect to satisfy an enormous carrot cake craving!

    1. Leslie says:

      Oh, and I know you’ll approve: I topped it with Artisana coconut butter, which you introduced me to in the first place! What would I do without your blog, Katie?!?

  46. Kay says:

    Katie, you are the BEST! I love love looove carrot cake. I can’t wait to try this!

  47. Katie I forgot to tell you I tried my very first single lady cupcake and it was perfect! So easy and delish! I topped mine with a little drippy almond butter :)

  48. Wow, I can’t wait to try making these! I have the perfect little rafekin to make it in…

  49. Kalyn says:

    Katie, I just made this, and OMG! I added in raisins, walnuts, and coconut. Then I topped it with melted coconut butter and toasted walnuts and coconut shreds. OMG. OMG! So good (: Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. I’m so excited you tried it! And good call with the coconut butter topping :).

  50. Rebecca says:

    I made these last night! So delicious! My parents loved them (which is great because my dad has a big sweet tooth and I’m trying to learn to make healthier options for him, dessert-wise). Thanks Katie. You have no idea how much of a relief it is to find healthier desserts for my family!

    Also, I tried making the chocolate-raspberry fudge cake again last night (I’d asked you about it yesterday) and just added a tablespoon more cocoa, and it turned out exactly how I wanted!

    I also made Fro-Co a couple of days ago and it was seriously like heaven.

    In case you can’t tell, I’m completely obsessed with the food on your blog. Thanks!

    1. Awwwww! Your comment made me so happy!

  51. lucy says:

    i just made this and it is amazing!
    i subbed oats for the flour and added in a few raisins. delicious!
    i didnt have any tofu in my fridge, so for the frosting, i mixed some soy cream cheese and soy yogurt with a little agave and put that on top.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  52. Yesenia says:

    Wait a sec… did that say “try it in the Microwave”????!!! Please explain?? i ask because I currently am without a working oven and if i can use my microwave, that would be just AWESOME!!! 😀

    1. I know people have successfully made the recipe in the microwave. Times will depend on your microwave strength, but it DOES work :).

      1. Raquel Gautier says:

        I did it 😀 ABout 50 seconds and it turned out GREAT! Thanks for the recipe Katie, i’m IN LOVE with this website *-*

  53. Kate says:

    I know I’m late to stumble upon this post, but I am SO EXCITED about this. I have recently been trying to eat “healthier”. Gave up Diet Coke (my lifeline) and have been trying to really cut out the processed foods. I LOVE carrot cake and I am so excited to find this gem of a recipe that fits into my diet! I would make the whole recipe of carrot cake muffins but I’m afraid they would be gone in 1 day! Totally making this tomorrow! It will be my first recipe from your website, but probably not my last – you have such awesome ideas!

  54. I’ve just made this, with oat flour, and it was delicious. I couldn’t wait and ate it still warm from the oven, with lemon icing… heaven :-)

    1. Lemon icing? Normally I’m not a lemon person, but that really sounds good!

      1. It was amazing; just icing sugar mixed with enough lemon juice to make it runny, drizzled on top; I love lemon with carrot cake! I might have just talked myself into making another one too… :-)

  55. Fern says:

    Just made this! My first time baking with apple sauce and I must say I was very impressed- it rose but didn’t taste soapy like other vegan cakes I’ve tried to do. Lovely stuff!

  56. Lara says:

    I used regular whole wheat flour, added three crushed walnuts, and frosted it with vegan cashew cream cheese frosting. Eating it was like sliding down a rainbow onto a fluffy cloud. Thank you for the recipe!

  57. Crystal says:

    How long do you cook it in the microwave?

  58. Hayley says:

    I have one in the oven right now! I didn’t have any applesauce so I even made my own applesauce just before specially to make one!

  59. Amelia Newton says:

    I just had this recipe (instead of cream cheese frosting, I used sugar free pudding and a drizzle of honey on top). It was delishus! Absolutely satisfied my sweet tooth!