Carrot Cupcake Craigh na Dun inspired by Outlander

Carrot Cupcake Craigh na Dun

As the evening star began to glow among the black pines’ branches, I concluded that in this situation reason was of little use.  I would have to rely on something else; just what, I wasn’t sure.  I turned toward the split rock and took a step, then another, and another, and before I even knew that I had decided, I was halfway down the slope, scrabbling wildly at grass clumps, slipping and falling through the patches of granite scree.

When I reached the cottage, breathless with fear lest he had left already, I was reassured to see Donas hobbled and grazing nearby.  The horse raised his head and eyed me unpleasantly.  Walking softly, I pushed the door open.

Outlander (Chapter 25 – Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live)

Claire has had a tough week -- not to mention a killer past few months.

In just the last seven days, she’s been tricked into a thieves’ hole, put on trial for witchcraft, stripped to the waist in front of a jeering crowd, whisked away from certain death at the very last minute by her hero on his steed, and then dragged across the Highlands, exhausted and in shock, to a destination unknown.  And somewhere in all of that, she had a birthday!

But now that the decision has been made, and she is where she’s going to stay (for now), it’s time to give the woman a hug (JAMMF, I’ll let you take care of that), and a cupcake.


Cupcakes can cure a surprising number of life’s ills, especially these carrot cupcakes with cheese cream frosting.  The shredded coconut helps to keep them moist, and contributes a rich, natural sweetness.

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16 Oct 2012 - 2:08pm


These look very yummy! If I wanted to just make a cake out of this recipe would that change the cook temp and/or time?


You'll have to cook it longer...until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.

24 Oct 2012 - 9:00pm


How much would it detract if I left out the raisins? I'm not a fan of cooked raisins (or raisins in anything - I'll eat them plain/alone and that's about it). I hope to try it this weekend. I had carrot cake someone made last week and the chunks of carrot were just too big and crunchy.


Just omit the will be just fine. :) I hope you enjoy them!

21 Aug 2014 - 12:49am

Cherie Chilvers

Love Carrot cake will try this one great for pot lucks.

14 Sep 2014 - 4:10pm


Could you freeze these?

14 Sep 2014 - 11:24pm


I have made this recipe twice, I do however substitute applesauce in place of 1/2 of the oil. They are soo good, everyone I have shared this with LOVE them!!

20 Oct 2014 - 12:01pm

Happy Birthday…

if you really want to make cake, theres always a Cupcake Craigh na Dun, Claires Unofficial birthday

21 Oct 2014 - 7:49am

Amy Trestman

Another substitution for a slightly healthier version: when I make this type of icing I use coconut oil (solid at room temp) in place of the butter. Adds a great flavor, and sometimes I add shredded coconut to the batter as well.


Thanks, Amy! Fat is fat, and I'm not sure any frosting is "healthier" than any other, but options are always good. :)

15 Dec 2014 - 4:10pm

Double Chocol…

Carrot Cupcake Craigh na Dun

04 Mar 2015 - 1:44am

Carol Mackey

Carrot cake is my favorite --after anything chocolate! I ran across one years ago with all of your ingredients plus pineapple that was "the Bomb!" I've always wanted to try and duplicat it, but have been a little unsure how to incorporate the pineapple. Do you have any ideas? Just dumping in (1/2 c) another wet ingredient seems kind of iffy to me. Any thoughts? How is the kitchen reno coming?? Exciting times!! :-)

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