Carrot Cake Muffins with South African Raisins

Monthly Raisin Recipes
This simply delicious recipe is based on carrot cake, and it makes eight marvellous muffins - with lots of South African raisins for flavour and natural sweetness. YUM!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 8


200g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
100g light muscovado sugar
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1tsp finely grated orange zest
100ml milk
50g butter, melted
250g carrots, finely grated
70g South African raisins


150g cream cheese
2tsp icing sugar
1tsp finely grated orange zest
8 sugar carrot decorations


Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan oven 180°C, Gas Mark 6. Put 8 paper muffin cases into a muffin tin.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar.

Beat together the egg, vanilla extract, orange zest, milk and melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients with the grated carrots and raisins and stir until just combined. Avoid over-mixing.

Share the mixture between the paper cases. Bake for 25-30 minutes until risen and golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Mix together the cream cheese, icing sugar and orange zest. Spread onto the muffins, then serve, topped with fine shreds of orange zest and the carrot decorations.

Cook’s tips:

*The secret of successful muffins is to avoid over-mixing when adding the wet ingredients to the dry ones – stir until just combined.
*Use light soft brown sugar if you can’t find muscovado.

Nutritional ValuesPer 100gPer serving 1 Muffin
Energy KJ9031129
Calories Kcal214268
(of which saturates)3.9g5g
(of which sugars)18g22g