Sunday, 24 March 2013

Vegan Apricot and Carrot Cupcakes

Every year me and Ash make each other birthday cakes, this year he asked for carrot cake - his favorite. I've already done a few vegan carrot cakes before and was bored of the old recipe I was using, so I decided to play around with ingredients and this is the result. The dried apricots add a great flavor to the cakes. I like to soak and simmer them in orange juice so when you bite into them you get a tangy, juicy taste of orange.

This recipe is based on this wonderful recipe from The Ethical Chef.

  • 225g Grated carrots
  • 170g Dried apricots, cut into little pieces
  • 280g Self raising flour
  • 150g Cane sugar
  • 80g Desiccated coconut
  • 1 tsp Ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 200g Vegan margarine
  • 200ml Orange juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • A few walnuts to decorate (optional)
I used this recipe for the frosting.

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (325F).
  2. Simmer the orange juice and chopped dried apricots in a pan for 5-10 mins (until the apricots begin to soften). Allow to cool.
  3. Mix the margarine and sugar together in a bowl. Add the grated carrots.
  4. Add the cooled juice/apricot mixture, sift the flour, salt and spices in and mix.
  5. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cakes and bake for 12-18 mins.
  6. Allow to cool before frosting & decorating.


  1. OMG so cute! i just got so excited when i saw these cupcake holders! eeee, love this!
    this recipe sounds great! i love carrot cake, i will be trying this out!

    lindsey louise

  2. This sounds and looks so delicious! I love your use of grams too <3 Here in the U.S. we use random, arbitrary measurements like cups and I really think it's time we all moved on to weight. And " Desiccated coconut" is an awesome phrase. ;)

    1. haha Desiccated coconut is a nice phrase! Is it called something different in the US?
      I usually do my recipes in cups because I find it easier, but I adapted this one from a grams recipe and forgot to see how many cups it converted to

  3. Those are adorable and sound super yummy! So cool!

  4. Mmmmmm, sounds so delicious <3 I must ask my sister to do this :) She loves bake cupcakes :)

  5. These look and sound amazing! My mom always makes carrot cake for my birthday, but I love the idea of adding apricots for a fun and tasty twist!

  6. They look so delicious. I am going to make them for an Easter dinner I'm going to this weekend. I'll let you know how I go. :)

    1. Yay! Let me know how you get on :) hope you enjoy them xx

  7. Oh this looks like a great recipe! Johnny loves carrot cake the best too. I'm going to give this a try this week. Thanks!

  8. MMMM! I want one now! I love the little teacup cupcake holder you have them in!

    <3 katherine / of corgis & cocktails

  9. They look so cute and yummy!

  10. I always love a good vegan recipe, and these look delicious! c: