Carrot Cake Muffins with Coconut and Lime Icing

A delicious mix between a cupcake and a muffin they make a perfect treat with a cup of tea! 

The spices create a rich aromatic flavour and the creamy coconut icing is the perfect topping to give these muffins a unique twist.

Makes 6-8 muffins


  • 120g carrots, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125g soft brown sugar
  • 120g self raising flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 50g coconut oil
  • 100g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lime juice
  • Walnuts to garnish

Preparation time: 15

Cooking time: 


  1. Preheat the oven to 170C fan/190C/gas 5.
  2. Place the grated carrots, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and soft brown sugar in a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  3. Sift flour baking powder, ground cinnamon and mixed spice into the carrot mix and stir. Ensuring all of the ingredients are evenly combined.
  4. Line a deep muffin tin with paper muffin cases (6-8) and evenly divide the mix between the cases.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Place on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  7. For the icing place the coconut oil in a bowl and beat with a hand whisk.  If the coconut oil is very solid, soften slightly. Beat for a few minutes to make it more soft.
  8. Sift the icing sugar into the bowl and add the lime juice.
  9. Beat until smooth, scraping the bowl down if needed. If the icing is too stiff add 1-2 tbsp of boiling water.
  10. Evenly spread the icing on top of the muffins or pipe it on if you want to and top with a walnut piece.

About the author

Sally Lock
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I have been writing blogs and features for some years, specialising in recipes and all things related to food. Previously, I wrote for an environmentally friendly garden website, and have been a recipe advisor for Womans Journal. Mother of three and the ultimate multi-tasker, I am also the Creative Director for Silversurfers and manage all our social media too.
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