Sugar-free Protein Carrot Cupcakes (with protein cream cheese icing)

STOP! You who loves carrot cake! I know you are excited and I know that bunny cupcake is just too cute for words but…I’m sorry. It’s not for you. Try though I did, I could not find sugar-free Peep bunnies, only chicks which were too large for this cupcake. So give that one to the kids. Or just take it off. Do NOT, however, eat it, dump and then get mad at me. I warned you!!!But the one on the right has sugar-free jelly beans on them so have at it!

As promised this is my first of several Easter treats offerings. Cuz we want something nummy to smack on for Easter too, right?

(Warning: this post is a long one BUT there is a reward at the end for those who persevere through it)

Nik’s Protein Carrot Cupcakes (with Protein cream cheese icing)

Cupcake Ingredients

Wet ingredients:

3 c. shredded carrots
4 egg whites
1 c. no-sugar added (NSA) applesauce
1 stick light cooking butter stick (I used Blue Bonnet Light), melted
1 c. Splenda (or sweetener of your choice)
1/2 c. Brown Sugar Twin (or brown sugar replacement of your choice)
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (in the absence of that use 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/8 tsp ground ginger)

Dry ingredients:

1.5 c. low-carb baking mix (Quest makes a nice one with mega-protein. Or if you want to get it locally look for low-carb baking mix from Bob’s Red Mill)
1.5 c Vanilla protein powder
1/2 c. unsweetened raisins
1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Protein cream cheese frosting ingredients

(this is to frost all 24 cupcakes)

16 oz. low-fat cream cheese
1/3 c. no-calorie sweetener (I used Splenda)
2 scoops of protein powder (I used one scoop vanilla, one scoop Any Whey unflavored. You can also use both scoops vanilla)
1/2 tsp lemon juice


Pre-heat your oven to 350.

Combine all wet ingredients well in a bowl and set aside.

Combine all dry ingredients in a larger bowl and make a well (hole) in the middle. Tip wet ingredients into dry and mix well.

I have this handy little scoop that came with, of all things, a slider grill that measures out perfect cupcake batter portions. In the absence of that if you’re into uniform sized cupcakes, use a scoop (cool tip; spray your scoop with non-stick every few cupcakes to keep the batter moving smoothly).

Tap your cupcake batter down into the cups (just take the whole cupcake pan and tap it against the counter a few times). Why? Gets rid of air pockets at the bottom of the cupcake cup. (“ohhhhh….”)

Bake for about 13 minutes or until a toothpick or fork inserted in center comes out clean. Do NOT overcook. Protein baked goods burn very quickly.

Cool completely on a rack before attempting to ice them. For those of you in doubt, yes they DO come out very cakey and lovely. See:

To make the icing:

Let cream cheese soften in a mixing bowl. Add sweetener, vanilla, protein powder and lemon juice and beat it with a hand mixer on the highest setting (which is usually “whip” or “beat”) until completely smooth. If it is too thick use milk to thin it out, one teaspoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate about 15 minutes before icing cupcakes.

For the bunny cupcakes you’ll need to tint the icing once it has cooled and firmed a bit. To put the Peep in there, you simply…shove a toothpick up his butt!!! (Somehow this is very cathartic for me, a sugar dumper…).

You can ice the bunny cupcake one of two ways. You can either use a “grass” decorator tip (available at most craft shops) or a star tip (the kind for making rosettes). I went with the latter because the cream cheese softens very fast once you begin working with the decorator bag and it just wasn’t working out well. If any of you have better luck with it, let me know!

So…I’ve decided to start “rewarding” those who read the posts all the way through by giving some helpful tips, so here goes:

  • Yes, these things freeze beautifully. Wrap them in plastic wrap then put in a freezer bag. When you want one, just set it out on the counter and let it thaw.
  • Since this recipe is more of a quick-bread than a cake, I also tried doing a cream cheese filling with no topping on the actual cupcake – NOM! You would need a cupcake filling icing tip (I think its #20) to do this. They sell them at Wal-Mart.
  • You can, if you wish, make this into a whole cake, but I’d go with a smaller round cake or a smaller sheet cake size if you’re using the above recipe.


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  1. OMG I am so gonna make these for Easter.

  2. I'm going shopping what I need to make this right now!! 😀 YUM!!

  3. These look very yummy! Thank you for creating and sharing these wonderful recipes with all of us! Wish I lived closer to you for taste testers (if you ever needed one more!). Have a great rest of the evening. Kelly

  4. YUM! I can't wait to see what else you have in store for us! You ROCK! 🙂

  5. I tried those sugar free peeps. They taste like monkey butt! I'm usually someone who can choke down anything but they definitely left me with no desire to ever eat one again.

  6. What's the difference between regular raisins and "unsweetened" raisins. I didn't realize raisins had added sugar, like say, craisins do.

  7. oh Lord God almighty cannot WAIT to make the carrot cupcakes!

  8. Cycling Mom-regular raisins, prunes etc. typically are sprayed with a coating of sugar on the outside. Unsweetened raisins are just the raisin, no sugar coating.

  9. I am eating one now, SO YUMMY!! Thanks for this recipe! I will definitely make these again and again! 😀

  10. I would like to make theses but what is the NI on these?

  11. I dont routinely provide nutrition information on recipes as the numbers vary widely depending on what ingredients you use. If you plug your ingredients into an online food journal you can get the most accurate info for your cupcakes.

  12. Hi Nikki,

    I don’t ever have flavored proteins around the house, because they are all too sweet for me. I notice a lot of recipe call for vanilla flavored protein powder. If I use unflavored protein powder, how much vanilla extract do you suggest I use to get the same effect.


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