Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Day #38: Frosted Carrot Cake Muffins

Today's muffin turned out beautiful, and if you are a carrot cake fan then you will find these especially delicious! I made some of these with the frosting and some without. I figured they would be healthier for my three year old minus the butter/cream cheese/confectioners sugar glaze :-). The combination of grated carrots, walnuts, raisins, and orange juice provides a healthy breakfast or snack treat for kiddos of all ages.

Tomorrow be sure and join me as we make MARSHMALLOW Muffins.
Blessings and Love to you!!!

Frosted Carrot Cake Muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp apple pie spice (I used pumpkin pie spice)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
6 tbsp canola oil
finely grated rind and juice of 1 orange
strips of orange zest, to decorate

For the Frosting:
1/3 cup soft cream cheese
3 tbsp butter
3/8 cup confectioners sugar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with 12muffin pan liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and apple pie spice in a large bowl. Stir in the dark brown sugar, grated carrots, walnuts and raisins.

Lightly beat the eggs in a large bowl, then beat in the milk, orange rind, orange juice, and oil. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the beaten liquid ingredients. Stir gently until just combined; do not overmix. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, until well risen, golden brown, and firm to the touch. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

To make the frosting, put the cream cheese and butter in a bowl and sift in the confectioners sugar. Beat together until light and fluffy. When the muffins are cold, spread the frosting on top of each, then decorate with strips of
orange zest. Chill the muffins in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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