My mum made these for a recent family dinner and they were so good I begged her for the recipe - which she'd gotten from the side of the Coles brand SR flour packet! They are just delicious - check out the tips at the bottom for some other variations :-)
2 cups self-raising flour
2 cups grated carrot
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup flaked almonds (3/4 cup crushed or chopped, 1/4 cup whole for decoration, toasted)
1/2 cup dried apricot, chopped, plus 1/3 cup chopped for decoration
3 extra large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
3/4 cup oil (vegetable, sunflower or light olive)
250g lite cream cheese, softened
25g butter, softened
2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons orange juice
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius/160 degrees fan-forced.
Combine flour, carrot, sugar, almond and apricots. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour onto dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Spoon mixture into regular muffin pan, lined with paper cases. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Remove and cool.
For icing: beat cream cheese and butter in a small bowl until smooth. Beat in icing sugar and oragne juice. Spread icing over muffins and top with extra toasted almonds and apricot.
Tip: you can substitute sultanas for the apricots, or cinnamon, mixed spice or finely grated orange rind for the vanilla. Any nuts can be used in place of the almonds.