Carrot Cake Muffins with Vanilla Buttons


yum.yum.yum. Today I made carrot cake muffins with cream cheese frosting and vanilla chocolate buttons. No occasion… just in the mood to make something sweet and cute and I want to continue my weekly cupcake feature, now that I'm settled in my new home! We made a dozen muffins and shared half with the Denbows. 

Carrot_cakeRECIPE: 2 Cups Pamela's Baking Mix (you can use flour instead, but Pamela's is the yummiest!), 2 Cups shredded fresh carrot, 1 apple shredded (peeled or cut into small cubes), 1 Cup sugar (or truvia), 3/4 Teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 Teaspoon salt, 2 Teaspoons cinnamon, 3 eggs, 1 Cup oil, 1 Teaspoon Vanilla extract. note: I've also used a small can of crushed pineapple, that's optional. 

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. *stir the mix as little as possible. stop as soon as the ingredients are blended together. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Here are the muffins before the icing…. so yummy. They don't really 'need' icing, but it sure is good.


Icing: to make the icing mix 4 ounces cream cheese, 5 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Mix well.


I also used my BakeItPretty chocolate molds to make some vanilla buttons and other cute little animals to decorate the cakes with. 


so much fun! how is your Tuesday? XO. elsie

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  • These looks so good and cute. Can’t wait to try making them this weekend. Thank you for sharing!

  • wow. it is unbelievable. I love it so much . Thanks for your sharing. cool .great. I sure I’ll come back soon.

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  • I’ve picked up on a few things you’ve said and I’m just wondering, are you gluten free?
    I had to start a g-free diet about 2 months ago and it’s been rough for me. If you know of any awesome recipes it would be great if you could share them. 🙂

  • Make sure you eat them muffins quickly because cooked pineapple goes off really quickly, and trust me, you don’t want to eat it when it does (it smells like sulphur i.e. eggs!)

    Sorry for the ickiness, i love carrot cake!

  • yummy

    Love those buttons-
    Wonder where I can buy those?


  • Is there anything better than carrot cake and cream cheese frosting? That is cream cheese frosting, no? It is in my mind, anyway. 😉 Serious cupcake lust.

  • CUTE! My Tuesday has been okay. I had to attend a memorial service today for a super sweet man so that was sad, but planting some roses and hanging in my hammock was nice!

  • Pamelas in some amazing stuff! I seriously think the cookies and muffins I make with it taste better than the “real” thing with flour!

    I am going to make these this weekend. Thanks for the recipe!



  • oh my gosh, buttons and squirrels might be my favorite things in the world.

    you’re my hero, elsie!

  • margaret… i completely agree. i only like pancakes with Pamela’s (ummm.. i should be a spokesperson… lol!)

  • YUM! We use Pamela’s to make pancakes and crepes and they make the best pancakes we’ve ever eaten.

  • I have to try your recipe! YUMMY! I love the chocolate buttons! Too cute! 🙂

  • How adorable! I’ve been sewing all day today, working on my next Etsy update :] I love that you are apart of a store.

    Love and Turtledoves,

  • How adorable! I’ll have to try these. Those bakeitpretty molds are to die for!

  • Erin, pamela’s is a gluten free baking mix. I’ve used it to make pancakes and chocolate chip cookies too. XO.

  • those look so tasty & cute! i think i’ll be making them sometime soon, although i’ve never heard of Pamela’s Baking Mix…what is that?

  • And the buttons were such a surprise! I thought they’d be sugary like candy but liked them vanilla even better!

    The frosting was divine!

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