muffins

Carrot cake Muffins with Pecan Nuts and Cream Cheese Icing

A Special Occasion Calling for Cake

We always like to bake something for Super Dad’s birthday. The decision making is a difficult process… he has had Barney cupcakes, he has had chocolate cake sprinkled with really everything Wade could get his hands on. This year, Blake got to choose the Birthday Dinner. He also requested party packs with popcorn for all his friends at school. This didn’t materialise, needless to say.

Since he was choosing dinner, I chose the baking based on what was at hand. I had plenty of carrots and as I went through recipes hunting for a good one, I found that I already had just about everything I needed for these delicious carrot cake muffins (are they actually cupcakes though?). Carrot cake with buttery cream cheese icing is probably one of my favourite things. It has to be super moist, must have the little crunch of nuts and must have loads of icing! These definitely didn’t disappoint and I will be keeping this recipe close!

Just before I start, I have to say that one of the most annoying things when I’m working from a recipe is scrolling up and down to see the amount of ingredients. My recipes may not look quite like the standard recipe format, but it just works much easier for me.

Carrot Cake Muffins Recipe

To PrepCarrot Cake Muffins Pecan Nuts Cream Cheese Icing - Preparation

  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sunflower oil
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 3/4 cups grated carrot (I used about 6 medium sized carrots)
  • 1/2 cup pecan nuts, chopped.
  • Halved pecan nuts for topping

For the Icing

  • 100 g cream cheese, softened
  • 75 g butter, softened
  • 2 tsp finely grated lemon rind
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar

To Bake

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C and spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.

Add 2 1/2 cups flour, 1 tbsp caster sugar, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp mixed spice, 1 3/4 cup carrots and 1/2 cup chopped pecan nuts together in a mixing bowl. Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients.

Pour 3/4 cup milk, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup sunflower oil into the hole and fold all together until just combined.

Spoon into the cups in the muffin pan. The cups will be just about full, this is not a problem as they don’t rise a whole lot.

Bake for about 22 minutes until beautifully golden and with a slightly crispy texture. Remove from oven and let them cool completely.

To make the icing, add 100 g cream cheese, 75 g butter and 2 tsp lemon rind. Stir in 1 1/4 cup icing sugar, then beat all together until fluffy and light.

Spread the cream cheese icing onto the carrot cake muffins when cooled, top with pecan nuts and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Muffins With Pecan Nuts And Cream Cheese Icing

Blake’s Sunday Bakes – Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Perfect Banana Muffins

Sundays at MammaChef’s houseBlake's Sunday Bakes - Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins in Jozi are very often for golf, for half the family and baking for the other half. Then of course, lunch and eating of the bakes comes after that! My baking definitely needs all the practice it can get but I must say that Blake absolutely loves baking. These banana muffins are just so easy and perfectly moist, even I can’t mess them up!

It’s such a fun thing for us to do together and we both enjoy every second of it. We always have to bake a few extra because the boys always want to take some to school for their teachers and their friends.

Baking has therefore become all about sharing the love!

Keeping it healthy(ish)

Blake's Sunday Bakes - Stoneground Wholemeal Flour

The original recipe comes from somewhere on Pinterest but I changed it quite a bit, as I usually do. I used Stoneground Wholemeal flour from Champagne Valley which is GMO free, full of it’s natural vitamins and minerals and unbleached.

They also have loads of delicious recipes on their website, by the way!

I received the flour as an extra surprise in my Munching Mongoose organic produce box for the week and I ended up using it for quite a few different things. Awesome products just give a different taste!

 

The Recipe

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • pinch salt
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.

Spray muffin tins well with baking spray. Peel bananas, break into smaller pieces and mash in a bowl together with the butter, using a fork. Blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth, not too lumpy.

Add the egg, sugar and vanilla and combine. Stir in salt and baking soda. Next, add the flour and chocolate chips, mixing until just combined (not too much mixing).

Divide into muffin tin and bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when pierced into the muffin.

Moist, delicious and perfect for a snack or even for a sweet breakfast. You could also substitute the chocolate chips with berries or whatever else your heart desires!

Remember to #mammachefjozi when you try these! I love seeing your recipes and additions too!

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