Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Surprise Muffins

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on September 27, 2013

Delicious and healthy carrot cake flavored muffins with a secret cream cheese surprise in the center!carrotcakemuffins8

I’m not sure what it is about carrot cake that I just can’t place.  It seems like a spring time thing, doesn’t it?  When carrots are super fresh and especially sweet.  Maybe I’m wrong, but now I finally have a time of year when carrot cake flavors are going to seem to fit in.  I was just out in my garden the other day digging out carrots and I knew what I had to do.  When I made this carrot cake earlier in the year I knew I was going to make these muffins with my own fresh carrots.  And here they are.


That being said the most wonderful carrots are available at our Farmers Market right now.  Every year I look forward to them even though I grow my own, although usually not enough! 🙂 We love our carrots!


You’ll notice that these have walnuts in them, but they’re easily omitted so that they can be school friendly.  And they have the cream cheese inside so you don’t need a messy frosting on the outside.  While I just leave the cream cheese as-is I’m sure you could add a little sweetness by beating a tiny bit of honey or sugar into it before dropping little spoonfuls of it into the muffin batter, but that’s up to you.  These are just sweet enough as it is, and are a lot more like a muffin than a cupcake in my opinion, but they still taste like delicious carrot cake 🙂


These do make fairly large muffins, they even spill out the sides of the muffin cups so be sure to grease the edge around the cavity for easy removal.  And just make sure that your oven is fully preheated when they first go in or they might spread a little too much and stick together.  But not to worry, they will still taste wonderful!





Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Surprise Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Servings: 12 large muffins
Author: Heidi @ Food Doodles
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour from soft wheat
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup applesauce
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts if desired
  • 4 oz cream cheese sliced into 6 slices then cut in half to make 12 pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a muffin tin by lightly greasing.
  2. In a small bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
  3. In another larger bowl stir together the melted coconut oil, honey, eggs, vanilla, shredded carrots and applesauce until completely combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir together just until combined, adding the walnuts just before the batter is finished mixing.
  4. Place a large spoonful of batter in the bottom of each muffin cup, filling about 2/3 full. Place one piece of cream cheese per muffin, pushing the piece into the batter. Then divide the remaining batter between the muffins, being careful to cover the cream cheese. Place in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean(or just with cream cheese on it, no batter).
  5. Remove from the oven and cool in the muffin tin for 5-10 minutes until the muffins have cooled enough to remove without loosing their shape. Gently run a knife around the edge and transfer the muffins to a cooling rack to cool completely.


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1 Erin | The Emerging Foodie October 27, 2013 at 20:43

Mmmm, these look awesome!! Stuffed muffins = great. Muffins stuffed with cream cheese = even better! 🙂


2 Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens October 17, 2013 at 08:06

These just look so fantastic! I love making muffins with “surprise” centers, I adore muffins, and (of course!) I’m a huge fan of healthier versions of recipes. This recipe is all of that and more! Deee-lish! Thanks, Heidi!


3 Heather October 2, 2013 at 09:31

We are the same- I actually have a ton of carrots in the garden but one can never have too many carrots and I find myself buying carrots at the farmers market each week 🙂 These are the perfect breakfast muffin!


4 Ari @ Ari's Menu September 28, 2013 at 07:29

I have had a very similar recipe floating around in my head for a while now! These look amazing!!


5 Megan September 28, 2013 at 06:34

Oooh, yum. These are definitely better than the cake – you won’t feel as guilty eating a couple cupcakes versus a couple slices 🙂


6 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 28, 2013 at 04:47

These look fantastic! I’ve never made a muffin with a “surprise” in the center, but this post has me wanting to do so. 🙂


7 lenia September 28, 2013 at 00:24

Hi,Heidi!Congrats on your wonderful blog!It is really full of delicious and healthy recipes!
I am a greek food blogger and I invite you to my blog so that you get a taste of greek cuisine!


8 Sharon September 27, 2013 at 20:13

These look amazing! I love the cream cheese in the centre … great idea to keep frosting off your face 🙂 I think I must try these sooner rather than later. I’ve missed you!


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