Wednesday, April 27

Bunny Love

carrot cake muffins with pineapple cream cheese frosting

Chances are you didn't buy a bunny for your child this Easter. I know this because according to The Humane Society, sales of bunnies are down this year. That's a good thing, since many American kids fervently love their bunnies until the Tuesday after Easter.

So that got me thinking... since fewer bunnies were purchased this Easter, there must be lots of extra carrots around. And what better way to use up carrots than in carrot cake muffins?

These muffins are a tasty collision between Morning Glory Muffins and classic carrot cake. The sweetness of the grated carrots, crushed pineapple, plump raisins and toasty coconut is balanced by earthy walnuts and spicy cinnamon and vanilla. Since carrot cake cannot be eaten without cream cheese, each muffin is topped with a heavy drizzle of pineapple cream cheese frosting that's good enough to eat by the spoonful. I know.

Carrot Cake Muffins with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 6 jumbo or 12 regular muffins

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup canola oil
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
6 tablespoons canned crushed pineapple, drained, with 2 tablespoons juice reserved
3/4 cup grated carrots
1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup lightly toasted shredded sweetened coconut
1/3 cup raisins, coarsely chopped

Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 ounces cream cheese
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons pineapple juice

1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir well. In a separate medium bowl, whisk oil, eggs, vanilla and crushed pineapple. Add slowly to the flour mixture, stirring well until flour is thoroughly dissolved. Gently stir in carrots, walnuts, coconut and raisins. Pour batter into the prepared muffin tin.

3. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before removing.

4. To make the pineapple cream frosting, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and pineapple juice in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. It should be on the thick side. Using a small spoon, drizzle frosting over muffins. If you'd more frosting, the coat the entire muffin top.

You might also enjoy these carrot cake dessert recipes:
Luscious Moist Carrot Cake recipe from Whipped
Carrot Cake Waffles recipe from Willow Bird Baking
Carrot Cake Cookies recipe from The Craving Chronicles
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cardamom Cream Cheese Frosting recipe from Cupcake Project


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

is this frosting okay to eat by the spoonful? That's all I can think about.

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Carrot cake has always been a favourite around here.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

There aren't too many extra carrots because you made muffins and I made a big batch of carrot cake cupcakes. Great minds think alike!

Unknown said...

They look lovely, only chocolate bunnies in this house.

Joanne said...

There is definitely no better time of year to indulge in carrot cake than right now! I'm loving the sound of that frosting!

Susie Bee on Maui said...

These sound wonderful-and great idea to drizzle rather than slather on an inch of the icing!

Kerry said...

These look so good it should probably be illegal. I want that frosting for dinner.

Jen said...

I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I've never had carrot cake. Is it really spicy?

Susan from Food Blogga said...


val-I'm glad to hear it.

lynn-Ha! The bunnies better be careful. We're infringing on their territory.

jennifurla-I hope they're solid and not hollow. The chocolate bunnies, that is.

joanne-There is something essentially springy about it.

susie-Thanks! I like the way it looks better.

bakergirl-I wouldn't hold it against you!

jen-That's quite alright. These muffins are mildy spicy. Some versions can be spicier, especially if they use nutmeg, dried ginger or cardamom. Hope you try it!

Kate said...

Good heavens! How out of touch with modern life and mores do you have to be to still be giving bunnies for Easter? Living under a rock, perhaps? In a cave? Oy.
Good news from the Humane Society, in any case. And a very nice recipe! Thank you!

Magic of Spice said...

Perfect Spring delights :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite cake! I cannot deny a carrot cake recipe - no matter how many versions are out there. These sound delicious - and reasonably healthy. Can't wait to try!

féenoménale said...

yuuhmm a carrot cake it's very delicous, with or without glazing