Carrot Cake Muffins

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Looking for a delicious recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins?  Well, I’ve got just the one for you!  These amazing carrot muffins have a cinnamon streusel topping and also have a cream cheese  filling inside, so when you bite into them there’s an extra surprise.You'll love these delicious, made from scratch carrot cake muffins with a buttery streusel crumb topping, and a surprise cream cheese filling inside!
I found this recipe on Pinterest several months ago and finally got around to fix these muffins recently.  The muffins are moist, and the cream cheese filling inside was a wonderful surprise, and the streusel topping has a nice crunch!  There are a few simple steps to making these, but the easiest way is to get everything (streusel topping, cheese filling, glaze, etc). prepped before beginning.  Here’s how to make these really yummy carrot muffins:

Before beginning, preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.  Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan.  Set aside.

Prepare the cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.

Cream cheese and sugar mixed for muffin filling

Prepare the streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together using a fork until mixture is crumbly.  Set aside.

Streusel topping for carrot cake muffins being mixed in bowlCrumbly streusel topping for muffins in mixing bowl

Prepare the muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together.

Dry ingredients whisked together for muffin batter
In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Eggs poured into dry ingredients in white bowl
Add grated carrots to the batter and stir to incorporate them into batter.

Grated carrots added to muffin batter

Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup (just enough to cover bottom).

Carrot cake batter added to muffin tin
Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into the middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. I used a small dookie dough scoop, but forgot to take a pic with the cream cheese filling showing… sorry!). You want the muffin cups to be about 3/4 of the way full when done.

Muffin cup holders filled with carrot cake batter

Evenly divide the streusel topping over the top of each carrot muffin. I used my fingers to mound it on and cover the surface.  Be sure to use all the topping!

Streusel crumb topping added to muffin tops

Place the carrot cake muffins into a preheated 400 degree oven. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.  Take the muffin pan out of the oven. Let the muffins cool down for 5-10 minutes in the pan, before carefully removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Aren’t they cute?

Twelve baked carrot cake muffins, cooling on wire rackClose up picture of baked carrot cake muffin

While muffins are cooling, make up a simple glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in a small bowl until smooth.  When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle the glaze decoratively over the top of each muffin.  Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, I place a piece of wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE I drizzle them with glaze).

Glaze for muffins mixed in metal bowl

Glaze is decoratively drizzled over baked muffins

That’s it!  See the surprise cream cheese filling that is in the middle of the muffin when you bite or cut into it? YUM.  It makes these muffins absolutely PERFECT!!!

Inside of carrot cake muffin shows cream cheese filling

We’ve been enjoying these carrot cake muffins for several days now. I will definitely be making them again. Yes… they are THAT good!  If you enjoy carrot cake, you will LOVE these muffins.

I started my day out by taking our little puppy (7 month old Corgi) on a 2 mile walk in the fog and cold morning air. I am extremely grateful for no rain this morning (we’re a bit waterlogged – we’ve already had the most rain of any February on record in Oregon… ugh!). Hope you have a great day, friends.  Make each minute count – make a difference in someone’s life!

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Recipe Adapted From:  http://omgchocolatedesserts.com/carrot-cake-muffins-with-cheesecake-filling/

Carrot Cake Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Delicious carrot cake muffins with a surprise cream cheese filling inside and streusel on top!
Category: Breakfast
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 453 kcal
Author: JB at The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Muffin Batter:
  • cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup grated carrots (approx. 2-3 med. carrots)
For Cream Cheese Filling:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For The Streusel Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter , melted (1 cube)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
For Glaze Drizzle:
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons warm water (add a couple drops if too thick)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place paper liners into a standard sized muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. Prepare cream cheese filling by mixing cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Prepare streusel topping by combining flour, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Mix together with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  4. Prepare muffin batter by combining flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk ingredients together. In separate bowl, combine eggs, water and vegetable oil. Mix well, then add to dry ingredients and stir. Add grated carrots; stir to incorporate them into batter.
  5. Place a small amount (approx. 1-2 Tablespoons) of batter into bottom of each paper-lined cup, just enough to cover bottom. Place a large Tablespoon of cream cheese filling into middle of each cup, then cover with more batter. Muffin cups should be 3/4 of the way full. Divide streusel topping over top of each muffin. Use fingers to mound streusel and cover surface.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven, until golden brown and a toothpick stuck into middle of a muffin comes out clean. Remove pan from oven. Let muffins cool for 5-10 minutes in pan, then remove them to wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. While muffins are cooling, make glaze by mixing powdered sugar, water, and vanilla in small bowl until smooth. When muffins have completely cooled, drizzle glaze over top of muffin. Let glaze firm up, then muffins are ready to eat! (***Tip: To help with cleanup, place wax paper or foil UNDER the wire rack holding the muffins BEFORE drizzling with glaze).
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 366mg 15%
Potassium 163mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 34g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 46.2%
Vitamin C 0.8%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 10.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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