Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Glaze

Let’s talk about muffin tops for a minute.

Not the kind that most of us women are trying to avoid on a daily basis {or is that just me??}… we’ll save that one for another time.

Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Glaze

I’m talking about those glorious bakery muffins with crowns of deliciousness bursting out of the muffin cup.

How on earth do they get the muffins to rise so high without falling flat? But most importantly, how can YOU make your muffins rise up to the occasion?

Well, I am here to answer your bakery style muffin questions. because I know you are constantly wondering about this kind of stuff.

like all the time.

Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Glaze

There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to making your muffins pop over the edges without falling flat:

1. Pre-heat your oven properly.

– if you’re oven is not up to the right temperature your muffins might not rise the way you want them to. Some ovens take a little longer to heat up than what they say, so let it continue to heat up for an additional 5-10 minutes just to be on the safe side.

2. Make a thick batter.

– Your muffins wont stand a chance with a runny batter. In order to get a nice thick batter think about using thick ingredients like a plain Greek yogurt or sour cream. (what a yummy way to get your daily dose of dairy!)

3. Use an ice cream scooper.

-it’s just easier if you use an ice cream scooper to divide the batter. It helps to achieve a more uniform batch of muffins.

4. Space them out.

-don’t over crowd your muffins! If you have two muffin tins then space out your muffin liners so that no two muffins are next to each other, or just bake them in two batches. To avoid having your muffin tops stick to the pan, be sure to grease the top of the pan as well.

5. Fill ’em up!

– forget about the rule of filling up the liners 2/3 full. These are serious bakery style muffins, and that calls for lots of batter, right up to the top, and just a little more.

Your batter will be thick, so it will hold up nice and tall. Toss them into your oven that has been properly preheated and bake until golden brown.

These Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins are pretty much cupcakes disguised as muffins, so it’s perfectly acceptable to eat these for breakfast.

Or brunch.

Or for a snack in between.

Or all of the above.

Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Glaze

The Cream Cheese Glaze is the perfect addition to these bakery style muffins.

Because, seriously… carrot cake and cream cheese frosting go together like peanut butter and jelly, like yin and yang, like Sean and Catherine…

Cream Cheese Glaze for Carrot Cake Muffins

You’ll love these moist and flavorful bakery style muffins. They are full of carrots, toasted walnuts, and just the right amount of spice.

Plus the muffin tops are seriously to die for.

It’s all about the tops.

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Bakery Style Carrot Cake Muffins with a Cream Cheese Glaze

You'll love these moist and flavorful bakery style muffins. They are full of carrots, toasted walnuts, and just the right amount of spice.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 444 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 10 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted
  • olive oil
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp or more milk


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a muffin tin with paper cups, spacing the cups out so they aren't next to each other then grease the outer edge with cooking spray or butter. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl whisk together to flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and allspice.
  • In another large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping the sides if necessary. Add the vanilla and beat until smooth.
  • Alternately add the flour, greek yogurt, and sour cream to the butter mixture, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally, and ending with the flour mixture. Don't over mix, the batter should be slightly lumpy. Work in the carrots and toasted walnuts until evenly distributed.
  • Use an ice cream scooper to fill the muffin cups, piling it up about a 1/2 inch above the rim of the cups.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Meanwhile beat the cream cheese with the paddle attachment for 4 to 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and milk and beat on medium speed until smooth. Add more milk if you want a thinner consistency.
  • Drizzle the tops of the muffins with the glaze and enjoy!!


Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 4086IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg
Keywords: bakery style, Carrot Cake, Cream Cheese, glaze, muffins
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this recipe is in partnership with the Arizona Milk Producers. make sure to get your 3 servings of dairy a day! all thoughts and opinions are my own.

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
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  2. Lorie

    I made these muffins today and they are absolutely amazing. The only thing that I did differently, was I made a thicker cream cheese icing and piped it into the center of the slightly cooled muffin.


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  5. Heidi

    so… I cheated, didn’t have plain greek yogurt, used the pomegranate/raspberry flavor that I had and the muffins are GREAT! haha not very traditional, but when you live 17 miles from the nearest grocery store and the batter is half mixed, you do what you have too!

  6. Carrie @ Frugal Foodie Mama

    These look amazing! My husband adores carrot cake & loves it when I make muffins, so I have already pinned this to make soon. 🙂

  7. Cookin' Canuck

    These are the kind muffin tops I adore. The other ones…well, I’m in denial that they even exist. It’s easier that way.

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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