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Frosting Filled Carrot Cake Muffins

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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…

Enjoy!

~katie

Recipe Roundup!

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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

 

Enjoy!

~katie

Recipe Roundup

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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!

~katie

Recipe Roundup

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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

~katie

Recipe Roundup

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Cooking is definitely one of my favorite things to do. Here is another roundup of some of my favorite recipes!

 

Nutella Sandwich Cookies via A Beautiful Mess

 

Blueberry Bagels via Food Coma

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies via Food Network Magazine

 

Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise via Rachael Ray Magazine

 

Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Ginger Cookies via Rachael Ray Magazine

 

Spent Beer Grain Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via Draft Magazine

 

That is it for this week! Give them a try to see if you like them.

~katie