Welcome to my kitchen, where the delightful aroma of freshly baked Carrot Cake Muffins fills the air.
If you’re a fellow cake enthusiast like me, you’re in for a treat today. In this blog post, I’ll walk you through my cherished Carrot Cake Muffins recipe, a beloved classic that never fails to impress.
To make these scrumptious muffins, you’ll need some pantry staples like flour, sugar, and, of course, carrots.
These humble ingredients come together to create a moist and flavorful treat that’s perfect for breakfast, snacks, or dessert.
But what sets my Carrot Cake Muffins apart is the combination of warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, which adds a cozy, aromatic twist to the recipe.
The result? A batch of muffins that are both comforting and irresistibly tasty.
How To Prepare Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe?
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 12 scrumptious Carrot Cake Muffins
- Mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Muffin tin
- Muffin liners
- Cooling rack
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Before we dive into the recipe, let’s gather all the ingredients you’ll need:
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups of grated carrots
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)
- 1/2 cup of raisins (optional)
- Cream cheese frosting (for topping)
Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of making these delectable Carrot Cake Muffins. Follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Preheat Your Oven
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Mix them well.
Step 3: Add Wet Ingredients
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and vegetable oil. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
Step 4: Incorporate Carrots and Extras
Fold in the grated carrots, chopped walnuts (if using), and raisins (if using). The carrots not only add a sweet, earthy flavor but also provide a lovely orange hue to the muffins.
Step 5: Fill the Muffin Cups
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full.
Step 6: Bake to Perfection
Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Step 7: Frost and Serve
Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes, then spread a dollop of cream cheese frosting on top of each muffin. This adds a delightful tanginess that complements the sweetness of the muffins.
Non-Stick 6-Cup Standard Muffin Pan
Nutrition Facts Of Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe
|Total Fat||12 gm.|
Is Cream Cheese Frosting Better With Butter Or Cream?
Cream cheese frosting is the perfect topping for carrot cake. Its smooth and creamy texture is perfectly paired with the moist, dense cake.
Is It Sugar Free Carrot Cake Muffins?
Yes, this recipe for carrot cake muffins is sugar free. Sugar free carrot cake muffins are gluten-free and made with white whole wheat flour.
I love it when I can make healthier recipes for my family and myself.
Tips and Variations
Here are some tips and variations to experiment with:
Tip 1: Moisture Matters
To ensure your muffins are moist, don’t overmix the batter. Mix until just combined.
Tip 2: Go Nuts!
Feel free to add more nuts or swap walnuts for pecans for a different flavor profile.
Tip 3: Make It Vegan
For a vegan version, substitute eggs with flax eggs and use dairy-free cream cheese frosting.
6-Speed Electric Hand Mixer
Can I Use Whole Wheat Flour Instead Of All-Purpose Flour?
Absolutely! Whole wheat flour is a great alternative and can add a nutty flavor and extra fiber to the muffins.
Can I Freeze The Muffins?
Yes, you can freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. Just make sure to store them in an airtight container or freezer bags.
Carrot Cake Muffins are a delightful treat that combines the earthy sweetness of carrots with warm spices and a creamy frosting.
Whether you’re baking them for a special occasion or just to satisfy a craving, these muffins are sure to please.
So, roll up your sleeves, grab your ingredients, and start baking your way to muffin perfection!
Can I make these muffins ahead of time?
Absolutely! These muffins can be made a day in advance and stored in an airtight container.
Can I freeze the muffins?
Yes, you can freeze them. Wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer-safe bag for up to three months.
Can I use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour?
Yes, you can substitute whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, but the texture may be slightly denser.
Is the cream cheese frosting necessary?
It’s optional, but it adds a delightful creaminess to the muffins. You can skip it if you prefer.
How do I store leftover cream cheese frosting?
Store any leftover frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.