Saturday, May 4, 2013

Carrot Cake Muffins (for the baking challenged)

It's no secret around here that I'm not a baker.  (I play one on TV).

It's just not very easy for me to get from point A to point B. First of all, I don't like to measure. That's why I can cook. Take a recipe, play with it, taste the sauce, add a little bit of this, a lot of that, and SOMEHOW it ends up yummy.  If you do that with baking, the results are likely disastrous, and sometimes downright dangerous. Things can EXPLODE!

Oh well. I'm still a fan of eating baked goods, and we all know, where there's a will, there's a way.

Oh yeah - Box Mixes. Roll your eyes, and scoff if you like. You in your fancy baking apron. But, I like box mixes. With a little tinkering, no one even has to know!

And here's a recipe for Carrot Cake Muffins that I Saw at A Peek Into My Paradise, and I thought, "I can do this". I can even put a little of my own special spin on it.  And by special spin, I mean frosting!  There are a few things I've learned in life - and this is an important one of those things - everything tastes better with frosting and bacon. (Not together, silly.)

Anyway, here's the dealio.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Take a carrot cake mix. Dump the contents in a big bowl.  DO NOT add anything the box calls for, just the powdered mix.

Now take a can of pumpkin. Put that in with the cake mix.

Stir, stir, stir.  Stir til it's all mixed up. Then put the mess in a gallon Ziploc baggie. Trim the corner off and pipe into muffin tin (with liners). Or just use a spoon an fill the liners. Either way, it will not look very good at this point. You'll see. Pretend not to notice and carry on.

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  While they bake, make this recipe for frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
(I use fat-free cream cheese and no one can tell)
    • 8 ounces cream cheese
    • 1 tbsp. butter 
    • 1 c powdered sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 3 tablespoons milk
  1. Blend softened cheese and butter in mixer.
  2. Blend and whip in the sugar and vanilla. (you can add more sugar to taste)
  3. Beat in enough milk to get the right spreading consistency. (Not too thin, not to thick, just right, okay?)

When the muffins are done, let them cool. Don't eat them yet! They're about to get fabulous. Well, better, at least.

Take each muffin and slice it in half, like so:


Then frost the middle. THAT WAY you don't get frosting on your fingers. Eat 'em up and give 'em to your kids. Just don't tell them how you did it - you'll be a rock-star.
Pretend as if you've been grating carrots, sifting flour, and whisking eggs all day. Maybe even put on a fancy baking apron.


Donna Wilkes said...

These sound delicious. I make brownies this way. Just the mix and pumpkin pie filling. I came over from the comment left on my blog. Did you know you are a "no reply" commenter? That means if you comment on a person's blog, they cannot answer back to you unless they take the time to search for your blog. You may want to change that.

Distressed Donna Down Home

Unknown said...

Thank you Donna! I think I changed this no reply thing! I hope so!

Unknown said...

Thank you Cathy!

Kim said...

Hello Julia! I was nominated for a Liebster Award today and I thought of you and your great blog, so I nominated you! I had no idea what it was, but all the details are on my blog today! I hope that it brings you some followers! :) Kim

Unknown said...

Hey Kim, thank you so much! I appreciate it! ((BIG Hugs))

Kim said...

Hey Julia,
You can contact me at I am not really 100% sure on the follower count either, I just went by the stats I saw on a blog page and bloglovin. I hope that helps!

Unknown said...

Yum! Looks like my kind of muffin. I appreciate you sharing it at the Shady Porch! Hope to see you again soon! Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch P.S. your post made me your sense of humor.

Unknown said...

Thank you for stopping by!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

These look and sound delicious. I'm like you not much of a baker but I love baked goods. Thanks for sharing the recipe at Transformed Tuesday.

Peggy~PJH Designs

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Sounds yummy...and easy! Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!


angela hodges abode said...

Oh my! i just gained 5 pounds :) Thanks for linking up at Assets and Efforts on HickoryTrail