Love carrot cake? Love muffins? Then what are you waiting for? These carrot cake muffins are perfect for a birthday party spread
- 225g butter, softened
- 225g soft light brown sugar
- 3 eggs, separated
- Finely grated zest of 1 orange
- 2tsp lemon juice
- 180g self raising flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 75g ground almonds
- 125g walnuts, roughly chopped
- 175g carrots, peeled and grated
- For the topping:
- 225g cream cheese
- 2tsp runny honey
Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F, gas mark 4). Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
Cream together the softened butter with the sugar until pale and well mixed. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well between each addition. Add the orange zest, and sift in the flour and baking powder. Fold in with the lemon juice, ground almonds, walnuts and carrots.
In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until they reach a medium peak, and fold gently but thoroughly into the cake mixture. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, leaving a slight hollow in the centre of each one. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until risen and golden. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
For the topping, beat together the cream cheese and honey until smooth, and spread over the tops of the muffins. Ensure that they are cool before doing this or the icing will melt.