Carrot Cake Muffins–a moist and sweet breakfast treat! Topped with cream cheese frosting and walnuts, these easy to make muffins are the best way to start your day.
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Why this Recipe Works
Today’s muffins are the perfect way to start your morning!
- Filled with real shredded carrot for incredible color and flavor.
- A perfect blend of spices complements and enhances the carrots’ natural sweetness!
- Freezer friendly muffins mean you can bake these ahead of time and stock up the freezer.
- You’ll love the rich cream cheese frosting and crunchy nuts on top.
You’ve got your usual suspects for baking, from the sugar to the flour.
- Oil. Provides moisture to the muffins!
- Shredded carrots. It’s best to use freshly shredded carrots here for the moistest muffins. Store bought shredded carrots tend to be drier with a more muted flavor.
- Walnuts. I add these on top of the baked and frosted muffins. You can omit them for a nut free recipe. We like to toast the walnuts before using!
- Spices. Nutmeg. Ginger. Cloves. Cinnamon. You can also swap this out in a pinch if you want to use our homemade pumpkin pie spice mix.
These carrot cake muffins couldn’t be any easier to make!
- Start by combining your oil, sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl. Mix in the dry ingredients. Then, fold in the shredded carrots.
- Scoop the batter into muffin tins. Bake in a preheated oven for about 20 minutes.
- To make the cream cheese frosting, simply combine all the frosting ingredients in a bowl. Beat until fluffy and smooth.
- Once the muffins are baked and fully cooled, spread the tops with cream cheese frosting. Press a few chopped walnut pieces onto each muffin.
Serve and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Spray a muffin tin with baking spray. You don’t need to use liners for these muffins!
- If your batter is really thick, don’t worry, it should be! Don’t overbeat it.
- Use a large cookie scoop (I like this one) to portion out your muffin batter so they are even. This recipe makes 10-12 muffins!
- Let your muffins cool COMPLETELY before adding the glaze!
- Store muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator for best results. You’ll want to keep that cream cheese frosting chilled. If you’re skipping the icing, you can store these at room temperature.
Make sure to generously spray the tin cavities with baking spray! I also recommend taking the muffins out of the pan pretty soon after baking. If they cool in the pan they’re more difficult to remove.
You sure can! These keep well in the freezer for 2 -3 months (with or without the glaze).
You can grate carrots for carrot cake muffins using a box grater. Wash and peel the carrots before grating. Place the carrot against the side of the grater and run the carrot downward over a bowl. You can also grate carrots using a food processor with a grating attachment. If using a food processor, be careful not to puree the carrots by accident.
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Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe
For the muffins:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon cloves
- 1 cup shredded carrots
For the topping:
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 2 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons milk
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with baking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, mix the sugar, oil and eggs together. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Mix until fully combined. Fold in carrots.
- Using a large cookie scoop, fill muffin tin with batter about 2/3 full each. You should get 10-12 muffins.
- Bake for 20-24 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely.
- For the frosting, beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and milk until smooth and fluffy. Drizzle over each muffin and add a sprinkle of the chopped walnuts. Serve and enjoy!
If you love carrot cake, it’s time to meet your new favorite muffin! Carrot Cake Muffins have the perfect amount of sweetness, a hint of spice and a moist crumb. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy!