Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Muffin Principle

Yes, that's right. Muffins.

We detour this evening in honor of a friend. Larks wants muffins. Carrot cake muffins, to be precise.

Muffins, much like pizza, are a perfect venue for getting things into a picky eater that a picky eater might otherwise scorn.

Like the carrots in question.

A kid can look at a carrot with the same fear, loathing and distrust some people reserve for tax auditors or salesmen hawking $2,000 vacuum cleaners door to door. But a muffin? A muffin is practically a cupcake. Who doesn't implicity trust a cupcake? Cupcakes don't mislead you. They are straightforwardly sweet and delicious at all times.

Even when they contain carrots.

And so, for the distrustful picky eater in us all, this cupcake, sorry, muffin is for you.

Carrot Cake Muffins

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 T sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 t. lemon zest
1/3 c. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 c. apple butter (applesauce will work)
1 c. finely grated carrots
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. pecans, chopped
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. ground cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and zest. Set aside.

Line 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners, or grease well.

In a bowl, combine butter and brown sugar. Add eggs, sour cream and apple butter, then stir in carrots raisins and nuts. Separately mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add to wet ingredients, stirring just until combined. Do not overmix. Overmixing is the downfall of a good muffin.

Distribute half of the batter between the muffin cups. Add a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture, and top with remaining batter. Bake 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned and set.

Cool before eating. Then eat them. All. Okay, if you have any left, just make sure you put them in the fridge. Cream cheese, remember?!


  1. Hey Bitch. Get a clue.


  2. weird an anonymous commenter syaing something nasty. klassy and ball-less.

  3. Hey, here's a nice comment for ya! Your blog is so cute!

    The anonymous douchebag can STFU!

  4. Anon - you're an idiot

    and Lori, dh has finally been able to put carrots in things (like sauce and soup), if and only if, it's ground into a sofrito like paste. I still cringe at anything carrot - cake and muffins included. I do love me some creamcheese frosting though.

  5. I plan on making these for my dad, he loves some carrot cake

  6. I am so making these! Thank you, Lori!

    And Anonymous: WTF? It's a muffin recipe which sounds delicious. If this is something that provokes rage in you then need to start spiking your coffee with Haldol.

    Don't let jerks get you down, Lori.

  7. Great recipe, can't wait to try it..
    anon? Did you have a bad childhood? Did someone dare disagree with you on a public messsage board? poor little you...

  8. OMG, I am so making these for myself...er, my kid. Lord do I love carrot cake.

  9. Hey, everybody. Thanks for being so great.

    And I'm glad to hear (via the Nest) that so many of you tried and love the muffins. Thanks again for the special request, Larks. If anyone else wants to place an order for a future post, feel free.