I have made many carrot cakes in my career as a chef, but nothing has ever come anywhere close to my Mum’s carrot cake. I have always attempted to create ‘healthier’ versions, however, they always fell short and weren’t as spectacular as hers – until now.
These carrot cake muffins (or cupcakes, take your pick) with my Whipped Lemon-Coco Frosting is a re-visit to the naughty tasting sugar and flour version I grew up with – less the grain, dairy and blood sugar rollercoaster! After many takes in my test kitchen magic happened and carrot cake heaven was back. Exactly as I remembered it as a kid. Moist and fluffy on the inside with a zingy-tangy lemony frosting (or icing, as us Aussies call it!)
If you are a ‘pass on the nuts’ person in your cake like my huz and kids are, then I recommend leaving out the chopped pecans and walnuts. If on the other hand, you are totally into this texture (as I am, it’s a childhood thing) then leave them in – your choice. Whatever you do don’t skip out on my Whipped Lemon-Coco Frosting because this will literally take your carrot cake to the next level in the biggest way. I like to make my frosting before I make these ahead of time.
When I created the frosting it was to go with these muffins, however, once you know how to make it – you will want to put it on everything! It contains only 4 pure ingredients: Coconut butter, lemon zest, lemon juice, vanilla extract and water. It is hands down the BEST tasting most healthy lemon frosting ever! There is zero added sugar and plenty of healthy fat which will help to slow the release of glucose into your bloodstream and raise satiety hormones such as CCK, GLP-1, and Peptide YY. You will feel totally satiated after having just one, but hey if you have two that’s ok too!
If you cannot get your hands on the sweetener yacon syrup, which is a very low glycemic prebiotic and also a FOS that helps to feed our good gut buddies – no sweat, I have you covered. See below in the ‘notes’ section for swaps.
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. Please tag me if you make them, as I love to see your creations on Instagram at @thrivewithpriscilla and repost them!