carrot cake muffins with spiced honey glaze

  • 13 soft fresh dates (260g), pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup (125ml) boiling water
  • 2½ cups (375g) self-raising (self-rising) flour 
  • ½ cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • ¼ cup (20g) desiccated coconut
  • 2 teaspoons mixed spice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup (125ml) milk
  • ½ cup (125ml) light-flavoured extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (240g) finely grated carrot (about 2 carrots)
  • 250g cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar, extra

spiced honey glaze

  • ½ cup (180g) honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • ½ teaspoon mixed spice

 

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Grease 12 x ½-cup-capacity (125ml) muffin tins. Place the date and water in a medium bowl and allow to soak for 5–10 minutes or until combined. 
  2. Place the flour, sugar, coconut and mixed spice in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the egg, vanilla, milk, oil, carrot and the date mixture. Using a butter knife, gently mix until just combined. 
  3. Divide half the muffin mixture between the tins, filling them halfway. Place the cream cheese and extra sugar in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Spoon 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into each tin and top with the remaining muffin mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer. Allow to cool in the tins for 2 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. While the muffins are baking, make the spiced honey glaze. Place the honey and water in a small non-stick frying pan over high heat and cook for 3 minutes or until syrupy. Add the mixed spice and stir to combine. 
  5. Pour the warm glaze over the muffins to serve. Makes 12
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