Don’t yell at me. I’ve finally made a chocolate & carrots cupcake! This is it, folks! 😀
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. It definitely rivals the black bean cupcakes in moistness. Plus, the decadent peanut butter frosting on top makes it the perfect balance of naughty and nice! You’ll appreciate the niceness when you read the ingredients!
As an added bonus, the cupcakes aren’t made with any oil or butter. Just substitute apple sauce for that one! 😀 Thanks to Musselman’s natural unsweetened apple sauce, these cupcakes came to life.
Boy, do I wish I could have another bite out of this right about now!
Do yourselves a favor and go make these cupcakes and head down this page to enter to win your very own pack of Musselman’s apple sauce!
Healthier Chocolate Cupcakes
slightly adapted from Yammie’s Noshery
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 2/3 cup Musselman’s Natural unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1 cup finely shredded carrot (about two large carrots)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Line a muffin pan with paper liners and spray with canola oil. Set aside.
- In a bowl, stir the flours, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, and baking powder together.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.
- Pour into the prepared muffin tin, filling a little more than 3/4 the way full.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Servings: 10 cupcakes
Peanut Butter Frosting
slightly adapted from Jackie Geilhart
- 1 (8 ounce) package of 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4-1 cup of creamy natural peanut butter (I use skippy)
- With your electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and butter together until creamy.
- Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
- Beat until blended completely.
- Carefully stir in the peanut butter until just mixed. Don’t over mix.
- Pour into a pastry bag or use a knife to decorate the cupcakes!
Winner: Heather who says, “When I was a kid, it was applesauce with loads of cinnamon and a dash of sugar. Now, applesauce is for replacing some or all of the oil in baking recipes!”
- Musselman’s Cinnamon Apple Sauce single-serve cups
- Musselman’s Natural Apple Sauce multi-serve jar
- Musselman’s Apple Sauce single-serve cups
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I love applesauce plain with a little cinnamon! I have made healthy bars with it though and they were pretty good! I need to try this recipe! The cupcakes sure do look delish!!!
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I love mixing in applesauce and a healthy dose of cinnamon with my oatmeal – apple pie oatmeal!
These look delicious, love how perfect your piping is!
I love apple sauce in pancakes!
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These cupcakes look fabulous! When I eat apple sauce, I eat it straight up by itself!
i love to eat appleasauce straight from the jar. or the pot when i make it myself 😉 mmmm.
i like my applesauce with pork chops… or any pork for that matter
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Ooh, they look good! I’ll have to try this version since I think there’s something a little off with mine.
By the way, I’m now in possession of canned black beans! I went to the only place that seems to sell them in all of Berlin. I got one can for your cupcakes and one can for Miryam’s brownies. Yay! 🙂
Hahah, I wondered if there would ever exist a chocolate / carrot cupcake! And here it is. 🙂 I like my applesauce in a very particular way…with latkes. Weird? Perhaps. Delicious. Yes!
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I love dipping pork chops or baked chicken into applesauce and recently discovered that it is great mixed in with cottage cheese and topped with cinnamon!!
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I eat applesauce at least a few nights every week when I get that late-night dessert craving. I just mix in a little cinnamon and/or PB2 and it not only tastes good but is also a lot healthier than the other options I typically crave.
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They look SO moist Caroline! Holy yum.
omg love these!
I love using applesauce when baking breads and muffins!
I like my apple sauce plain
I like applesauce with potato pancakes.
I like apple sauce in my baked goods or just eat by spoonful. And the cupcakes looks decadent, certainly making it soon!!
Applesauce with a dash of cinnamon is my favorite way to eat it!
What a delish flavor for cupcakes and a great giveaway! Thanks for hosting. My favorite way to enjoy applesauce is either with a sprinkle of cinnamon, or mixed into homemade granola bars. Yum!
I love applesauce in my baking. So much healthier. Now I can ravish my own baked goods like cookie monster 😀
This is so great, Caroline! It’s just the perfect cupcake for your blog and sounds so delicious. I am so happy to hear how moist it is!
with a sprinkle of cinnamon and cranberries.
We loooove applesauce. My mom even makes the homemade variety for Christmas gifts. Mine are long gone.
Yayyy! So glad you finally made these! They look amazing. I really enjoy subbing applesauce in baked goods. I like applesauce straight up!
Your cupcakes are SO pretty!! I just love the way you piped the frosting – it looks so fluffy and light.
I just made some black bean brownies and want to make your black bean cupcakes. I actually loved the black bean brownies, they were awesome so I know I will like your cupcakes. The peanut butter frosting looks superb, and not that bad for you 🙂
Love my applesauce plain. Sometimes without a spoon!
I love applesauce warm, with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a wintery snack!
Oh how fun that you made cupcakes for your blog title! I love my dad’s homemade applesauce.
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You are seriously a master of cupcakes – these look awesome. That peanut butter frosting looks incredible 😀 I usually don’t like store bought applesauce(how food snob-y does that sound? hah) but I’m addicted to warm applesauce straight out of the pot with a ton of cinnamon 🙂
I don’t know if I’ve ever had apple sauce other than just as apple sauce! This cupcake recipe will definitely change that though!!! YuM!
i use applesauce a lot in baking mixes. gimme that frosting please!
I love applesauce with diced strawberries in it!
These cupcakes look to die for! I can’t believe the ingredient list! I really want to make these!
They. Are. Gorgeous. And I love that they really do have both chocolate and carrots in them!
I love applesauce muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.
I like a big bowl of applesauce for breakfast, with a little cinnamon, almond extract, and ground flax. Delicious and satisfying!
When I was a kid, it was applesauce with loads of cinnamon and a dash of sugar. Now, applesauce is for replacing some or all of the oil in baking recipes!
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love applesauce on pancakes and by it self
I love my applesauce with tons of cinnamon and live replacing oils with it in cupcakes!:)
I love unsweetened applesauce mixed with cinnamon. I also like to replace part of the fat in a recipe with applesauce.
I know everyones raving about applesauce but I have to say I am excited to try the frosting!!!!!!!
thank you for the healthy recipe! I always look for those
I like to mix apple sauce in with frozen raspberries, mangos, bananas and almond milk for a great smoothie!
I like it just plain!
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I love making my own homemade applesauce and leaving it a bit chunky! Yum!
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This looks SO yummy. I’m excited to move into a real kitchen so I can make these!
And I love applesauce… but especially if it’s SUPER cold. It keeps me away from icecream and such. 🙂
These look so delicious! I’ve never baked with apple sauce but I’d love to give it a try!
I bake with applesauce all the time. In fact I just made root beer float cupcakes using applesauce!
What a great recipe!
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I like my applesauce topped with cinnamon and nutmeg!
I enjoy applesauce by itself. It’s a great little snack!
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I like applesauce just on its own! But it’s nice with eggs for breakfast.
Applesauce is so versatile! Great in cakes and savory foods! Love it!
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These look so great! Have you tried them with gluten free flour at all?
I might make them for some birthday girls in my small group next monday! If so I will let you know how they turn out.
Yay! I hope you enjoy them! Happy Baking!
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I made a double batch tonight, added crumbled Reese’s cups on top. Everyone loved them, they were so moist. No one could believe they were made with carrot and applesauce. FYI- my oven cooks hot so mine went in on confection 350 for 18 min. Also, I used my lemon zester to zest the carrots and you couldn’t even tell they were in the batter! The batter isn’t super sweet, but with the sweet icing, it’s the perfect balance!
This makes me so happy Jenny! I’m so glad they turned out so wonderful! 😀 Oh, and a double batch was a great idea! Mmm!