Carrot Cake Muffins

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    Listen, you are an adult now and that means you get to make your own rules. Like having dessert for breakfast…. carrot cake for breakfast!

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!

    But since these are technically “muffins” you aren’t even breaking that rule. Sneaky, sneaky.

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    I didn’t like carrot cake until I was an adult. Even now, I think I like the cream cheese frosting more than I like the actual cake. I try to rationalize that it is “healthy” cake because it is packed with carrots that are good for my peepers. Right?

    For some reason, I like Carrot Cake Muffins more than the actual cake. For my muffins, I wanted to make sure there was a distinct layers of carrot cake batter, cheesecake mix and walnut streusel (usually carrot cakes are topped with chopped walnuts), so instead of swirling them together, I let them bake up in their individual forms, melding as nature intended.

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    My mini food processor is perfect for the carrots, I chop them coarsely and pulse the crap out of them. There is nothing worse than getting a long string of carrot in your mouth. You can also use the finest, small setting on a box grater, but I don’t have time for that jazz!

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    Don’t even get me started on the streusel topping. All muffins should have a sugary crust and these have a sugary crust with walnuts!

    Don’t like walnuts? Use pecans or almond! Don’t like nuts at all? Just omit them altogether!

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    Carrot Cake Muffins can be made ahead and are also freezer friendly. Wrap them up nice in an airtight plastic bag and they will be good for about a month. Perfect for any weekend brunch and especially Easter!

    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

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    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly!  #carrotcakemuffins www.savoryexperiments.com

    5 from 6 votes
    Carrot Cake Muffins
    Prep Time
    15 mins
    Cook Time
    25 mins
    Total Time
    40 mins
     
    Carrot Cake Muffins are muffins loaded with carrots and stuffed with cream cheese frosting. Perfect for breakfast, brunch or a snack. Also freezer-friendly! 
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: carrot cake muffins
    Servings: 24 muffins
    Calories: 152 kcal
    Ingredients
    Carrot Cake Muffins:
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
    • 1 egg
    • 3/4 cup skim or 1% milk plus one tablespoon
    • 1 1/4 cup carrot , finely minced or grated
    CHEESECAKE FILLING:
    • 6 ounces cream cheese , softened
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • 3 tablespoons sugar
    WALNUT STREUSEL TOPPING:
    • 1/3 cup walnuts , finely chopped
    • 1/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon flour
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 muffin tins with fun cupcake liners.
    2. Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl, set aside.
    3. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, blend melted butter, milk and egg.
    4. Slowly add dry ingredients to the batter. Do not over mix. Stop when it is combined, but there are still small lumps.
    5. Fold in finely grated carrots.
    6. Evenly spoon batter into cupcake liners. It will be approximately 1 heaping tablespoon.
    7. In another small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
    8. Add egg yolk, vanilla and sugar, blending until smooth.
    9. Place a dollop of cream cheese batter in the center of the carrot cake batter.
    10. In another small bowl, mix together walnut streusel topping, walnuts, brown sugar and flour, breaking up any pieces of brown sugar.
    11. Bake for 25 minutes. Times may vary based on oven and how much you filled those cups (I know a few of you took some chances and filled them to the brim, didn't you??). Muffin tops will spring back to the touch.
    12. Remove and allow to cool.
    13. If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!
    Nutrition Facts
    Carrot Cake Muffins
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 152 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 33mg11%
    Sodium 132mg6%
    Potassium 101mg3%
    Carbohydrates 18g6%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 1365IU27%
    Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
    Calcium 42mg4%
    Iron 0.7mg4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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