Carrot Cake Airfryer Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Airfryer Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chef Tips: 

  • If frosting is too thick to pipejust add a little cream to soften 
  • Don’t overcook your cupcakes and not all airfryers are created equal! Cooking time can also depend on how many cupcakes are in air fryer. A few minutes before they are done check with the toothpick test. Insert and remove toothpick. If it comes out clean, they’re ready. Quickly remove and let cook out of airfryer to avoid overcooking. Let cupcakes cool for a few minutes in the cupcake pan before transferring them to a cooling rack 
  • This recipe should make 22 to 24 cupcakes 



  • 2 cups (250 grams) whole wheat flour or all purpose  
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) canola  
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar 
  • 1/2 cup (200 grams) lightly packed brown sugar 
  • 1.5 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 3 cups (300 grams) grated peeled carrots (5 to 6 medium carrots) 
  • 1 cup (100 grams) coarsely cho1 cup drained canned pineapple 
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional) 



  • 2 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese, at room temperature 
  • 1 (140 grams) powdered sugar 
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) heavy whipping cream 
  • ½ cup softened butter 
  • Garnish optional sanding sugar  


  1. Grease baking cups or silicone cone baking cups with butter baking spray 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and the cinnamon until well blended. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the oil, sugars, and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, one at a time, until combined, then add pineapple and mix until fully incorporated 
  4. Switch to a large rubber spatula. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl then add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, gently stirring until they disappear, and the batter is smooth. Stir in the carrots, coconut and pecans (optional) 
  1. Fill cupcakes cups ¾ of the way as many as comfortable fit in your sized airfryer, leaving a little space between each one. Turn on air fryer and cook for 15 minutes at 275. 
  1. In a large bowl, beat softened butter until its creamy then add softened cream cheese and continu8e to beat on low speed until fully incorporated then stop do not overmix.  Finally add vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar one half cup at a time on medium speed until creamy about one minutePlace in piping bag and keep in cool place or refrigerator until you’re ready to use or it will get too soft.  

When the cupcake is completely cool, pipe the frosting on top of the cupcake and garnish with sanding sugar or pecans!  

Donatella Arpaia

Donatella Arpaia is a chef, restaurateur, entrepreneur, and mother. She has built an empire of successful restaurants drawing on the skills, passion, methods, and love for food she learned from her family.

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