Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

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You know a recipe was a success when you already want to make them again. And only 2 ½ muffins actually showed up for the photoshoot. Oops. These were fantastic. I love carrot cake anything! And I am so surprised this is my first recipe to make it to the blog. The muffins were so moist and delicious but can you guess my favorite part? The cream cheese filling inside! It was the best of both worlds and all of the goodness of carrot cake packed into a delicious muffin.

Recipe from Real Housemom

Carrot Cake Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling

1 from 1 vote
Delicious and moist carrot cake muffins that have a cream cheese center!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings: 10 Muffins



  • cups flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup carrots grated
  • sparkling white sugar

Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 1 package cream cheese 8 ounce, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Beat together the softened cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Set aside.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, light brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, water and oil. Combine in the bowl with dry ingredients until incorporated. Add the grated carrots.
  • Grease a muffin tin or line with paper cups for easy removal. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the carrot cake batter into the bottom of the cup. Add 1 tablepoon of the cream cheese mixture to the center, and then cover with about 2 Tablespoons of the carrot cake mixture until the muffin cup is full. Repeat this with every cup. I was able to get about 10 muffins.
  • Sprinkle the tops with the sparkling sugar and bake for 17-20 minutes. Or until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are firm. Let cool for about 20 minutes before eating.


Serves: 10

Calories341kcal (17%)Carbohydrates45g (15%)Protein6g (12%)Fat16g (25%)Saturated Fat11g (55%)Cholesterol58mg (19%)Sodium299mg (12%)Potassium182mg (5%)Fiber1g (4%)Sugar22g (24%)Vitamin A2489IU (50%)Vitamin C1mg (1%)Calcium69mg (7%)Iron2mg (11%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot cake muffins, Muffin Recipes, Muffins
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Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 1 star
    I did everything according to the recipe but somehow they turned out terrible. The cream cheese filling got mixed with the muffin batter, so i had to throw it straight to the trash. Waste of ingredients. I was really excited about it too! 🙁

  2. I base my recipe choices these days on if my 18 month old likes them. He gobbled these up this morning! They were fantastic! I will definately be making them again!

  3. do you have this recipe for gluten free muffins? my daughter-inlaw HAS to eat gluten free and carrot cake is her favorite dessert/snack. thank you in advane for your help

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