Inside-Out Carrot Cake Muffins

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

Have you ever tasted a carrot cake in muffin form? It’s a truly delightful and cute experience, I have to say.

These carrot cake muffins taste just like a carrot cake, except, well, in the form of a muffin.

I really like their lovely cinnamony taste and their moist texture. But what I like best is that they have the frosting already ‘built in’. Yes, they hide this wonderful baked-in, sweetened cream cheese filling inside.

Isn’t that just adorable?

In case you’d like to know more details, then here they are…

 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe ingredients

This is all that we need to make the magic happen.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

1. First, preheat the oven to 400 °F (205 °C).

2. Then, in a larger bowl pour all the dry ingredients: flour, white sugar (3/4 cup – 150 grams), light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger and salt.

 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

3. Whisk/stir the dry ingredients to combine.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

4. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, water and oil.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

5. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

6. Stir to combine (do not overmix, muffin batters do not like that.)

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

7. Fold in the grated carrots.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

8. To make the filling, place the cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on low power for 40 seconds. Stir in the sugar and vanilla. Set aside.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

9. Line a standard 12-muffin pan with paper muffin cups and grease the cups.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

10. Drop about 2 tablespoons of the batter (a cookie or ice-cream scoop works well here) into each muffin cup, spreading it to cover the bottom.

I added a little more than 2 tablespoons of the batter as the first layer which resulted in the filling ending up a bit too high. So, the point is just to cover the bottom of the pan with your first layer.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

11. Dollop on a heaping tablespoon of filling.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

12. Cover with enough batter to fill the muffin cups quite full.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

13. Bake the muffins at 400 °F (205 °C) until a toothpick inserted into the cake part of one (not into the cream cheese filling) comes out clean, about 20 minutes. The tops of the muffins will feel firm to the touch.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

14. Remove the muffins from the oven and tilt them in their cups (two forks could help you here). This way your muffins will cool more quickly.

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

Enjoy, dear friends!

 
 

inside-out carrot cake muffins recipe

These are yummy!

(This recipe was adapted from kingarthurflour.com. It makes 12 muffins.)

 

17 thoughts on “Inside-Out Carrot Cake Muffins

  1. 1
    Kangaroo says:

    Mmmm… Good stuff!

  2. 2
    Dena says:

    These look delicious. I so love your recipes.

  3. 3
    zohreh says:

    I’m going to make it.I missed you’r blog because of internet disorder , I love carrot & everything with it. xo.zohreh

  4. 4
    Adriana says:

    Excellent, really nice recipe. I love it, thank you for sharing.

  5. 5
    Heli says:

    Hello,
    I baked them too, very tasty, thank you!!

  6. 6
    Wendy says:

    What a wonderful and delicious idea! First, the carrot cake as muffins, making serving and portion control so easy. Then the frosting inside, making these a great lunch box treat!

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    Linda says:

    These look good. I am saving this to my goodie board so I can try it. Thank you.

  8. 8

    These muffins look like the perfect breakfast! I love how tall and domed they are, and the cream cheese filling is totally genius. 🙂 Looks like a must-bake for sure!

  9. 9

    These look great. I have often used carrot cake batter as muffins and they are great. Even without the filling! Take any cake batter and put it in muffin tins and voila, mini versions of your favorite cakes!

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    Rodney Evans says:

    These carrot cake muffins look delicious. I’ll bake these for my family this weekend. My kids are home from college and they love daddy’s cooking. 🙂 My wife loves the break so everyone is happy. I’ll post an update to let everyone know how they turned out.

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    Dana says:

    I followed this recipe to the T. The muffins turned out perfect and the “how to” was so easy to follow… my 4 year-old did most of the measuring! New favorite!

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  15. 15
    Emily says:

    Just love your blog!!! Am so gonna try baking this today, hopefully 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend ya!

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    comelnyercupcake says:

    Love your carrot muffin, wanna to try next weekend..
    Feel free to visit my blog.. comelnyercupcake.blogspot.com

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    Daad says:

    i have made them over 10 times and it is never looks like yours , yours is so puffed and good light looking

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