Carrot and apple muffins

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Serves: 12

By Ponymum

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  • 225g self-raising flour or plain flour plus 3 tsp baking powder

  • 100g icing sugar optional, for creamy icing

  • 175g brown sugar

  • 50g mascarpone cheese optional, for creamy icing

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 2 eggs lightly beaten

  • 20g butter softened, optional, for creamy icing

  • 1 tsp lemon juice optional, for creamy icing

  • 1 apples finely grated

  • 3 carrots finely grated

  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg grated or ground

  • 150ml oil sunflower, vegetable, or light olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Grease muffin tins or line with paper cases (makes approx 6 large, 12 medium, or 20 mini muffins).
  3. In a large bowl mix together the flour, sugar, salt and spices, using your hands to remove any lumps from the brown sugar if needed.
  4. Add oil and eggs and gently the fold mixture together.
  5. Stir in carrot and apple.
  6. Spoon into muffin tins, nearly to the top.
    Bake for approx 25-35 minutes depending on the size of the muffins.
  7. Check with a skewer if unsure - if it comes out clean the muffin is cooked, if sticky leave them in for a bit longer.
  8. Leave in the tin to cool a little, then turn out.
  9. For optional creamy icing, blend ingredients and top each muffin.

Handy Hint

The original recipe was used by Dan Lepard in the first Mumsnet bake along. I have made some improvements to the recipe as a result of his advice and tips and my many subsequent experimental batches (oh, how I suffer, nom nom).
Watch baking guru Dan Lepard trying out the recipe:

I have had some success varying the carrot / apple mix (more apple seems to be popular). Other Mumsnetters have even been known to use parsnips or courgettes in this.

If you have a sweet tooth you will probably want the icing, as they can be quite savoury without it. Alternatively you can add a little more sugar to the mix, either white or brown.

Additional Information

  • Kids can help

  • cake

  • carrot

  • apple

  • Cake/Dessert

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  • joinsing 28/03/15 08:32

    Made a few changes: - sub half of the oil with apple sauce (unsweetened) - reduce sugar to 140g - add handful of raisins - add handful of oats Same everything else - worked brilliantly. Also did it one time as above but sub one egg with 1tsp chia seeds and 1 tsp flax seeds in a cup of water (soaked for 15mins before adding). A step to far with the subs but think it just needed more bulk (more carrot, maybe, or oats).

  • giraffesCantDateDucks 13/03/13 20:33

    Delicious! Kids loved them! Froze half and left half out but I should have left them all out! Very popular. I loved them too! Will be making again. We didn't even put icing on!

  • Sugarbeach 05/03/13 11:51

    Brilliant for lunch boxes, good way to get dd to eat carrots and apple. I made some changes by reducing the sugar to 125g, adding 50 ml sour cream, 50g raisins and 50g grated coconut.....Just made a batch and put some in the freezer....yumm.

  • LisaJaneN 10/06/12 18:21

    I made these but I did tweek the recipe a bit, I added a handful of museli a tablespoon of golden syrup and a splash of milk. Baked for same time and they make a great breakfast muffin.

  • 20/05/10 12:38

    Very tasty and moist. Took longer to prepare than the recipe estimate, but the results were very popular.