Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won’t be able to resist these muffins!

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With a cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won't be able to resist these muffins!

Eat your veggies and enjoy a special treat too! All Mondays should start with something special so I’m sharing my favorite carrot coffee cake muffin recipe with you today. I love these muffins because you can make them ahead and serve them for breakfast or brunch.

Sometimes inspiration for my recipes comes from fresh produce I pick up at the farmers market or grocery store. I can’t resist beautiful fruit and veggies and grab a little of everything. Rather than use these carrots in a savory meal, I was in the mood for something sweet so these beauties made their way into a batch of muffins.

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With a cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won't be able to resist these muffins!

I love coffee cake muffins. Crunchy pecan streusel and cinnamon spice adds the perfect amount of flavor. Even if you’re not a fan of carrot cake or carrot bread, I highly recommend that you try these muffins. With no raisins and nothing but fresh carrots, cinnamon streusel, and my favorite coffee cake batter, even the most critical taste tester will love these muffins. Top them off with cream cheese drizzle and who could resist?!

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With a cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won't be able to resist these muffins! Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With a cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won't be able to resist these muffins!

Baked in a standard sized muffin tin, these muffins can be baked ahead of time and served for brunch. They also make the perfect morning or afternoon snack! Make sure to read the notes for tips on baking the perfect muffins.

Yields 1 dozen standard size muffins

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins
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    For the muffins:
  • ½ cup pecans, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup loosely packed grated carrot, patted dry
  • For the cream cheese drizzle:
  • 2 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (plus more as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin-tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine chopped pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Cut 8 tablespoons of butter into ½ inch pieces and sprinkle evenly over flour mixture. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until butter is oat-sized. Remove 1 cup of the flour-butter mixture and stir into reserved brown sugar mixture until combined to make streusel; set aside. Add baking powder and baking soda to remaining flour mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together sour cream, egg, and vanilla. Add liquids to flour mixture and stir until just combined. Add 3/4 cup of streusel mixture to flour mixture and stir until streusel is just distributed throughout batter. Melt the remaining butter and stir into remaining streusel mixture, until streusel resembles a crumble. Gently fold carrots into batter.
  5. Divide batter among 12 muffin cups and sprinkle generously with streusel topping, crumbling with your hands to make some big chunks. Bake 22 to 24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. To make the cream cheese drizzle, add the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla to a food processor. Pulse until blended together. Slowly add more milk until desired consistency is reached. Use a pastry bag to pipe the frosting onto the muffins. Serve immediately.


*Do not over mix the muffin batter and make sure to pat dry the carrots before adding to batter. **Muffins can be baked ahead of time and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Prepare and drizzle cream cheese frosting just before serving.

Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Carrot Coffee Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Icing is the perfect treat for brunch or snack! With a cinnamon streusel and crunchy pecans you won't be able to resist these muffins!

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  1. Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven

    What a genius idea to combine carrot cake with muffins and coffee cake! These are seriously SO beautiful, Ashley! I love that pretty cream cheese drizzle on top! Pinning and trying very soon!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These muffins look perfect, Ashley! This makes such a great breakfast! And that cream cheese frosting looks amazing. Pinned!

  3. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Wish I had one of these right now! Much better than the english muffin I just inhaled. These look great and perfect for Easter brunch! XO

  4. marcie

    These muffins are gorgeous, Ashley, and I’d take them over a piece of regular coffee cake any day! 🙂

  5. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I’ve never seen carrot cake muffins, but these are delightful. They will be baking in my oven this weekend in celebration of spring and Easter. 🙂

  6. Sues

    These are pretty much the most gorgeous muffins I’ve ever seen!! I’m sure they are equally as delicious 🙂

  7. mira

    Saw these on G+, they are gorgeous! Love carrot cake! Pinned to try them!

  8. Kelly

    These muffins look absolutely perfect, Ashley! I love that cinnamon pecan streusel and the cream cheese drizzle is just gorgeous!

  9. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Girl these muffins are absolutely perfect! I would love to have these for Easter Brunch!!

  10. Zainab

    I DO want to eat my veggies fro breakfast 🙂

  11. Annie @Maebells

    Ashley I am in love! You combined my two favorite things!

  12. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Yum, the top of these looks amazing! I love carrot cake and coffee cake, great combo 🙂

  13. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

    I’m all for sneaking in more vegetables into our morning baked goods. I love both carrot and coffee cake, so what a great idea to combine them together!

  14. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    I wish I could grab a few of those right now with my morning coffee! What a genius idea Ashley! Coffee + carrot = a delicious and moist Carrot Coffee Cake. You are awesome! 😉

  15. Christina @ Bake with Christina

    Wow, what a great idea! Those muffins look SO delicious, and I’m loving the coffee cake/carrot combo!! Pinned 🙂

  16. Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel

    One of my favorite kind of muffins that you made so sweet and beautiful. The icing is just the perfect touch to accent it altho its good the way it is. YUM

  17. Michelle { A Latte Food }

    As two of my absolute favorite things, this muffin is a total win in my book! They look so delicious and downright beautiful! Love this!

  18. Kelley @ Chef Savvy

    These look wonderful! I love carrot cake anything especially in a muffin. The cream cheese drizzle looks amazing!

  19. Ashley

    That streusel!!! I love carrot cake of any kind and with that crumb topping and cream cheese drizzle? I’d be all over these bad boys!

  20. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    What perfect little Easter and Spring inspired muffins. Love a good carrot cake.. and coffee cake too – so I know these would be delicious!

  21. Medeja

    Anything carrot cake is delicious! Especially muffins! 🙂

  22. Beth

    Oh gosh, now I can’t decide between making carrot cake and making these awesome muffins!!

  23. Katy

    These muffins looks so good! Love the streusel topping and making it into a coffee cake idea.

  24. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Ashley, I love carrot cake anything!!! and what a great idea to make muffins!!! love these for Easter weekend!!!

  25. Laura

    Definitely trying these they look yummy….but can I ask where’s the coffee? Can’t see in ingredients 🙂

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  27. Elaine

    These muffins look delish!! Found You at Artsy Fartsy Mama – Link Party!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on my Link party – My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you there!!

  28. Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess

    These look so amazing! I’m going to have to make these for sure! Thanks for sharing, visiting from Foodie Friends Friday Link Party!

  29. Lindsay Eidahl

    These sound so yummy! We are looking for a good carrot muffin for an upcoming bake sale! Might have to try these! Thank you fr sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  30. Alyson M

    Wow. I love carrot cake & these look delicious! Pinned & will be trying this week.

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  41. Cydnee/Tampa Cake Girl

    Lovely muffins! They could be in the cover of a magazine. Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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