Frosting Filled Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes. I’m not a huge cake person… something about the frosting just makes my stomach turn. I’d normally say it’s too much sugar, but I love candy… so that can’t be it. Maybe it is the powdered sugar. Aha! I may have found the culprit.

Either way, I’ve had this box of carrot cake mix in the cupboard for what seems like months. Every time I open the cabinet door, there it is… staring at me… waiting for me to decide what to do with it. Finally it came to me! If I just put a tiny bit of the frosting inside the muffin, maybe it won’t be as overwhelming as when it is plastered on top of the cake. Let’s give it a try. What’s the worst that can happen?


Frosting Filled Carrot Cake Muffins


  • 1 box of carrot cake mix {I believe mine was duncan hines}
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 {8 oz} package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • course granulated sugar or colored sugar {optional}

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place muffin liners in a muffin pan + spray with non-stick cooking spray.

In a medium bowl mix together the carrot cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil + water for approximately 2 minutes until well combined. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment cream together the cream cheese, sugar + vanilla extract on medium speed until well blended + fluffy; approximately 4 minutes.

Place approximately 2 tbsps of the carrot cake mix into each muffin cup to cover the bottom. Then using a cookie dough scoop, I placed a dollop of frosting in the center of each muffin cup.


Then top each muffin tin off with another tbsp or 2 of carrot cake mix, until the frosting is covered. You can sprinkle on the course sugar, if you like. I think it adds an extra crunch to the muffin top. I had this colored sugar left over from a whoopie pie box kit.


Bake in your oven on the center rack for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the muffin part {not the frosting center} comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes + then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Be warned! Your house will smell amazing + if you crack open one of those muffins before they have cooled, you will get a mouthful of molten lava hot frosting! Not that I would know from experience or anything…



Recipe Roundup!

This week I’ve got two dinners + two desserts for you to try. I’m trying to slow down my baking until I can round up some more friends to take them… or at least switch over to baked goods that can be shipped! I never thought it would be so hard to get baked desserts out of the house, but husby + I just don’t eat them often enough to keep up with it all.


Chicken Gyros via Annie’s Eats ~ instead of stuffing into a pita, I used naan bread as a substitute. Tastes amazing, but be prepared to start 24 hours before you want to eat to prepare the tzatziki sauce.


Coconut Macaroon Nutella Nests via Two Peas & Their Pod


Mini Whiskey Oatmeal Cream Pies via Food Plus Words ~ I used Cabin Fever, a maple flavored whiskey in this recipe. They taste exactly like the pre-packaged oatmeal cream pies with a kick of booze!


Spiced Pork Chops via Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite with Sweet Potato Italian Fries via Martha Stewart Recipes




Recipe Roundup

Another week of great recipes!

Chicken Panzanella Salad via Women’s Health Magazine {unfortunately the recipe is not on their website… but this is a link to their Food Section}


Bette’s Diner Buttermilk Pancakes via The Pancake Handbook {Husby likes to substitute the buttermilk for greek yogurt!}


Everything Bagels via Food Coma {this is a blueberry bagel recipe ~ I’ve omitted the blueberries + instead brushed bagels with egg yolk, poppy seeds, salt, garlic powder + onion powder the last 5 mins of baking}


Shepherd’s Pie via Gordon Ramsay’s Recipes ~ this was perfect for St. Patty’s Day dinner with some imported beer {none for me + baby though!}


Blue Velvet Sandwich Cookies via Food Network Magazine {I just substituted the red food coloring for blue and VIOLA!}


Hope you try some of these recipes + I’d love to hear suggestions of your favorite recipes to try!


Recipe Roundup

This first recipe made an amazing breakfast for Saturday morning. I will definitely be making them again.

Crepes via All Recipes stuffed with Sausage, Bacon, Eggs + Oven Home Fries w/ Peppers + Onions via Food Network


Key Lime Mini Cupcakes via Family Circle Magazine


Lemon Supreme Sandwich Cookies via Lamb + Wolf (a modification of my Spice Cake Sandwich Cookie recipe)


Lettuce Wraps via Women’s Health Magazine


Nutella Cookies via Kirbie’s Cravings


Happy Cooking + Baking