Mini Kahlua Carrot Cakes with Maple Icing

Mini-Kahlua-Carrot-CakeMini cake, giant cupcake or big muffin, you decide.  It’s the same pan – the large one-cup muffin tins.  I obviously like to bake with Kahlua.  If you’ve read previous posts, you know that Kahlua was a longtime PR client of mine.  Few days went by without a learning experience, and now-friend, Madeline was responsible for plenty (I cursed Madeline for the same learning experiences).

Madeline The Client was tough.  She could throw a lot of heat at you in a split second, which taught me to be on Red Alert when my phone rang.  Besides working hard together, we actually also laughed a lot.  And I mean roaring, belly burning, guffawing!  For one of our classic business trip escapades, read Madeline’s blog, scroll waaaay down to “Back in the day, Patti and I used to work together”…   Kahlua sales rocked the house back then.

Kahlua marketing now is strange.  For one thing, the product website has 0 food recipes.  I have more than 500 Kahlua recipes from all those years of downright tasty work.   So, leave a comment and tell me… do YOU have a bottle of Kahlua?  Do you cook with it?  It makes mmmmarvelous Mini Kahlua Carrot Cakes with Maple Frosting.  Hey, Madeline and Carey… bake some!

Mini Kahlua Carrot Cakes with Maple Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • Maple Icing (recipe follows)

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together, set aside.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Spray four giant muffin tins (one-cup capacity) with non-stick spray.  In large mixer bowl, beat sugar with oil, Kahlua and eggs until light.  Blend in dry ingredients.  Stir in carrots and nuts.  Pour evenly between the four muffin cups and bake on middle rack for 35 – 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  After removing from oven, cool in pan for 10 minutes on wire rack.  Turn out and cool completely.  Frost with Maple Icing.


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 Tbsp. four
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. real maple syrup

In small saucepan, cook milk and flour until very thick.  Let cool.  In mixing bowl, cream together granulated sugar and butter.  Add milk and flour mixture, beat until whipped cream consistency.  Add confectioners sugar and maple syrup, mix until creamy.

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1 Worth The Whisk August 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

Tammy – WHOA, thank you! Made the correction. Glad you loved them, hard not to love anything flavored with Kahlua.

2 Tammy August 17, 2013 at 3:59 pm

you forgot the sugar on the list of ingredients…2 cups

…made and LOVE it!
Looking forward to trying other Kahlua recipes

3 Heather January 4, 2010 at 11:53 am

A friend of mine said she had Kahlua Cream Cheese Carrot Cake at her wedding and I’m dying to try it!! Been looking all day for a good recipe. I’m getting married in a few months and am hoping this will be my wedding cake. Sounds even yummier with Maple frosting! Thanks!

4 Sharin July 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm

@ Patti… Thanks for posting this..I’m thinking of trying it myself and then asking the baker who is doing my birthday cake to create this for me if it turns out as good as I think it will… I mean Kahlua and carrot cake are my two most favorite things. I was wondering what other icing (besides typical buttercream or cream cheese) would you recommend. I’m not real fond of maple.. Thanks again.

Patti comments: Kahlua tastes great in chocolate frosting, buttercream, even cream cheese frosting.

5 Madeline July 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

This sounds delicious. Maple is my second favorite “sweet” taste—falling right after dark chocolate.

Did you get many hits from OS? sure got plenty of “Kahlua” comments on my blog.

Patti comments: yes, it was great to get the OS hits, thanks for that.

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