Apple and Carrot Muffins

Today my mum, sister and I made some Apple and Carrot Muffins, with lemon icing. We had made them before but couldn’t remember what they were like and so made them again. The recipe comes out of a children’s book with recipes in, one of my sisters. They are a great snack, and I would recommend you make them as they are not hard! I found the icing a little too overpowering, with a little too much cream cheese in, so I would recommend that you add a little less than what it says on the recipe. Then again, if you think that you will like it that way, don’t take my advice! Here is the recipe, I hope you like it, it makes six…

For the Muffins:

  • 75g brown sugar
  • 75g soft butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon natural yoghurt
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 apple (core it and grate it before you start)
  • 1 carrot (peel it and grate it before you start)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the icing:

  • 75g cream cheese
  • 300g icing sugar
  • the juice of half a lemon


  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees/gas mark 4
  2. Beat the sugar and the butter in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it is nice and creamy
  3. Add the egg and a yoghurt and mix again
  4. Mix in the flour, baking powder, apple, carrot and cinnamon
  5. Line a muffin tin with 6 muffin cases and spoon a large desert-spoonfull of the mixture into each of the cases
  6. Put it in the oven for 25 minutes or until lightly golden
  7. Whilst you leave them cool on a wire rack, mix all your icing ingredients together until smooth and creamy
  8. Spoon the icing onto the muffins and enjoy!

Here are the muffins before they have been iced,


And here a few of them are afterwards…


I hope you like them, (if you try them!) The muffins may sink a bit when they come out of the oven, but don’t worry, they’ll be fine… Bye for now, i’ll be writing another blog post soon,

SparrowHorse x


Chocolate chip/raisin muffins

Another recipe…we also found this one from allrecipes, and it is the simplest muffin recipe you can find…it involves getting ingredients, mixing them all together and chucking them in the oven! They also make 12, and you can either use chocolate chips, raisins or hazelnuts in them, (we used chocolate chips).  Here is the recipe:


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 150g chocolate chips, milk or plain (I used an 100g bag of them, and that was still plenty, so if you don’t have 150g, 100 is fine)150ml milk
  • 50g chopped hazelnuts (optional)
  • 60g melted butter or margarine


1.Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.              

2.Line a muffin tray with 12 paper cases 

3. Place all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix together. The mixture should be quite thick; do not over mix. 


4. Fill muffin cases nearly to the top.
5. Bake on the middle shelf of the preheated oven until golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.
6. Place on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes or more. Enjoy


I hope you get time to try them out because I can guarantee you you won’t regret it!

SparrowHorse x

Chocolate muffins

Hi, today my sister and I made some chocolate chip muffins, from one of our mums recipe books. It makes twelve muffins, and are really nice. They have the perfect amount of chocolateiness  in them, and are really easy to make if you are a newcomer to cooking and you want something sweet and easy to make… If you want to try making them, the instructions are below:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 175g of plain flour     
  • 40g of cocoa powder
  • 110g of caster sugar    
  • 2tsp of baking powder
  • 55g of chocolate chips                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg    
  • 250ml of milk
  • 120ml sunflower oil
  • half a teaspoon vanilla essence                                                                                                                                                                              


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees/gas mark 6
  2. Put muffin cases into a three by four muffin tray 
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl
  4. Mix the liquid ingredients together in a separate jug, and then add to the bowl of dry ingredients
  5. Mix the mixture well, then spoon into the paper muffin cases
  6. Cook in the oven for 20 minutes, then take out and leave to cool on a cooling rack…
  7. Eat!

Here is a photo of the end result…



It is a simple recipe that has a great end result and so my family and I would really recommend you trying it out, even if cooking is not your favourite hobby!

I hope you try it out sometime,

SparrowHorse x