My craving for carrot cake with a plush pile of cream cheese frosting returns every spring, like clockwork. This year I’m satisfying my cravings at breakfast with carrot cake muffins. Flavored with warming spices, orange zest, vanilla, and plenty of freshly grated carrots, these beauties do not disappoint.
A dollop of mascarpone in the middle of each muffin melts into the center while baking, a nod to that frosting I adore. Topped with brown sugar pecan streusel and a sweet orange drizzle, I can’t think of a more irresistible Easter breakfast.
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 2/3 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- pinch of cloves
- 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt, at room temperature
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 2 cups peeled and grated carrots (loosely packed)
- 1/3 cup mascarpone, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1 1/2 Tbsp orange juice
- 1 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 375°F and line two 12-cup standard muffin pans with baking cups; spray baking cups lightly with cooking spray. For the crumb topping, combine brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and pecans in a small bowl; add melted coconut oil and toss mixture with a fork until crumbly. Chill topping in the freezer until needed.
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Combine buttermilk, yogurt, egg, coconut oil, vanilla, orange zest, sugar, and brown sugar in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture and stir just until almost incorporated. Gently fold in carrots.
- Fill each baking cup with a spoonful of batter and top with a teaspoon of mascarpone; top with another spoonful of batter (each cup should be 2/3 full). Sprinkle evenly with crumb topping and bake for about 18 to 20 minutes, until muffins spring back to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Let muffins cool in pan on a wire rack for 2 minutes before removing from pan to cool.
- For the glaze, whisk together powdered sugar, salt, orange zest, orange juice, and milk in a small bowl. Drizzle glaze over muffins and let set before serving.
- Calories: 205
- Carbohydrates: 30