a moment of weakness – orange and carrot muffins

Every second Wednesday do I bake a “Carrot-Parsnip-Zucchini Bread”– and that is about all the baking I do. You that know me and my cooking habits … also knows that don’t I touch any recipe with yeast in.

muffin close up frame

Cookies I love, but I if I don’t bake them … I  eat them all at once. I have such bad and weak resistance. So I very seldom bake cakes and cookies. It happens a couple of times per year.

I love cupcakes and muffins – but cupcakes I can’t eat … only adore on a distance – they are like art some of them – so cute and pretty, because I hate glazing and icing. Especially icing. So I want my cupcakes naked if I’m going to eat them – and then they really are just muffins.

orange cupcakes - reedgourmet it

So when my blogging sister, Wendy, posted her recipe for “Orange & Carrot Muffins” – I just fell weak and the next day I did them, against my better judgement.

Wendy and I have been friends for over a year now – she lived in Hamburg at that time. Now she has moved back to US and now lives on Orcas Island – in the Seattle beautiful archipelago. You can  find Wendy on “Chez Chole” , which is her shops website – in May she opened a specialty food and houseware shop on her island. And you can also meet her on her blog Wendy@Chez Chloe, which is world we all want to land in.

muffin page

Wendy and I had planned to met up in Seattle, last July, when we both was in town – but family matters came in the way. I know if Wendy still had lived in Hamburg I would have been visiting her by now, Hamburg is only down the road, but it wasn’t meant to be. But I hope that there will be more chances for us in future.

So now to the muffins – Wendy, she gave her muffins a Chai Glaze, which is a Chai tee and cinnamon glaze. I want mine naked … not very exciting, but that is okay for me personal.

muffin page 1

I followed her recipe to the teeth – but I cut down on the sugar with 30%. Also I had to convert the cups to metric … and sometimes things just don’t add up. The oil and butter didn’t add up for me, but now when I look at her recipe I think I have converted wrongly. 1/2 cup is about 110ml and so it should have been 220ml of butter and oil put together, I think I got it to a lot more than that.

Wendy and I talked about it – and we decided both to stick with butter is probably the best way to go.

muffin page 2

I baked mine in pudding dishes and got 9 in total of the recipe – and they were so good – I ate 3 straight away they came out of the oven and after that I gave myself one per day.

The orange I used didn’t have much flavor, shame .. but it’s not really season for oranges over here just now. I would have loved a much stronger orange flavor, but that’s not the recipes fault.

warm muffins frame

Be so sure that I will get more great moments of weakness … and then maybe I will use a small amount of concentrate orange juice in the mixture.

“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

big bite

As cloud I have chosen ” The Weakness In Me”,  both Keisha White and Joan Armatrading had a hit with this song. Here is it Lauren Clarke from Liverpool, UK that sings – great version.

Cupcakes photo provided by and thanks to: reedgourmet.it

65 thoughts on “a moment of weakness – orange and carrot muffins

  1. Your muffins look really delicious, Viveka. I don’t bake nearly as often as I used to. It’s not good for hubby’s waistline. 🙂 A very apt song to go with the recipe and gorgeous tempting photos.

    • I will tell you a secret – baking isn’t good for anyone’s waistline. *laughter
      I like the tune too – really nice song. Thanks for commenting.

  2. I love any carrot cake and they are good with orange flavor. Like you I love those dressed up muffins which demands a high price but if I eat it, I take out all the icing as they are too sweet so why pay $5 for one?

    • I’m with you … icing is far too sweet – but I love to adore all the cute cupcakes, didn’t know they were that expensive. I never bought one.

  3. This muffins look fabulous …. gotta love any taste of orange! Meanwhile, don’t feel bad, I admit to freshly-based cookies not lasting long.

  4. I also keep off of yeast.
    I bake banana walnut cake and eat it at once, too hard to resist, cookies are not my thing, but muffins…..ohhh muffins, orange and cranberry muffins are my favorite, and those with carrot you baked look delicious.

  5. Your muffins look delicious Viveka! You’re a girl after my own heart…I would have eaten 3 of them right out of the oven too. 🙂 I like your new header picture. Have a great day!


    • Debbie, thank you so much *smile New baked muffins, still warm is too good not to be eaten straight away.
      Glad it’s not only me that are “weak”

  6. Oh yum, Viveka. And I drink chai tea almost every day. I love it. Thank you for sharing this. I’m thinking of you and hoping you are doing well. Hugs.

    • Lori, thank you so much for your concern – I’m doing okay – going back to Landskrona for 10 days, funeral on 28th June.
      Tea drinking I leave to the professionals. *smile

  7. Ahh more “vegetable” goodness coming from Viveka’s oven! I missed these when Wendy posted…will have to go take a peek there too…and I love your thinking that a cupcake becomes a muffin without its frosting. A more nutritious little nudey. 🙂

    • Hi there, wonderful to have you visiting. Long time no see. Naked cupcakes – if I had a cafe I would call it that … *smile
      Wendy, are active at times with her blog, but not as before – she has her shop, a dog and chickens that keps her busy.
      Please, don’t be a stranger.

    • Tracie, I have missed you too …. I have to check my following settings .. haven’t received anything from you for a very long time. I’m sure you can make them gluten free, but I’m not an expert on that field. It was great to have you visiting.

      • I went through all my followers today and there were lots that I had followed that I was no longer following, and I didn’t unfollow, so I am not sure what happened there. But I think of you often xxoo

      • Tracie, it happens at time – that settings change – but between is the line open – don’t know what has happen.
        Thank you for your kind words and thoughts.
        I hope you are doing well, I have just lost my mom – I’m okay about it – she wanted to leave .. and she had become 91 in July – that is way I’m not so active for the moment, so much to deal with .. and the inspiration isn’t really there yet. Have a pleasant weekend.

      • OH, I’m so sorry. I lost my mum 10 years ago now, and I still miss her like it was yesterday. Just take care of yourself and give yourself the time and space you need. hugs xxoo

    • Thank you – they came out very good .. and so moist, but the orange flavor could have been a little more intense.
      I can eat them any time of the day.

  8. I honestly believe, in my heart, I would have several moments of weakness when it came to these delicious orange and carrot muffins. They look absolutely amazing

    • Kay, thank you – they were just great … just love muffins and when they are straight out the oven .. that is when they taste the best. *smile

  9. These sound delicious Viveka! I’ve just checked out Chez Chloe’s blog also… thanks for the link. So nice to find new cooking inspiration and lovely blogging friends 🙂
    Re ‘weakness’: I think you did well to ration the muffins to one per day. I used to be terrible when it came to baked goods… especially with whole cakes, as I’d end up slivering pieces off all day until there was none left! I am much better now though. I think it’s the wisdom that comes from getting older (also my metabolism isn’t as wonderful as it used to be!). Thanks for sharing your baking adventure with us. Your pictures are lovely xx

    • I love straight out of the oven muffins … I had to control myself .. because otherwise I would have eaten all on one day. Neither is no wisdom around when muffins are warm in my world *smile
      Yes, Wendy has a lovely world ..
      I will try savory muffins this week … so excited about that recipe that was sent me during the last week. I will do a post about it.
      Thank you so much for your comment and great support.

      • Oh, savoury muffins are so delicious! I love making sun-dried tomato, zucchini and cheese ones… sometimes with bacon also! They’re wonderful straight out of the oven with salad for lunch. Hope you enjoy the rest of your muffin adventures! Hugs xx

      • Maybe it was in your world I got the recipe from … did you post it last week.????? Can’t remember who I got it from – the bookmark is on my net book.

  10. I love Chez Chloe.. you’ve done her muffin recipe proud! I love your photos… I will just have to think about making a batch of these. I was wondering if you can always cut down the sugar in any baking recipe.. by any quantity? I always think it affects the “rise” or texture.. but would like to cut out more sugar from our diet. Just thought you might know:) xx

    • Barbara, as you know am I not baking expert – I just cut down because of I was afraid that it was going too sweet … and taste-wise was they just came out … perfectly sweet for my buds. Could be it affected the rising of the muffin – but I have nothing to compare with. I only wish that there had been more orange flavor – but the oranges I used wasn’t that intense.
      I just take 20% of the sugar amount. To be honest I don’t have clue what I’m doing *laughing

  11. Sorry I didn’t get over here straight away! What a sweet post. And I think you are right- more orange… maybe a little dash of orange oil. And not being one to cut down on sugar… bits of candied orange mixed in sounds good too. I love candied ginger in baked goods and think I’d like the candied orange too. Heading over to read about your monsoon weather now:) Cheers ma dear!! xoxo

    • Orange oil, you must be joking … in Landskrona *laughinng – here we have nothing that doesn’t sell … sometimes I miss Gothenburg when it’s about getting ingredients. I love candied ginger too – I will put that in next time. I don’t know if the muffins will be affected by that I cut down on the sugar. I don’t like too sweet cakes … They came out great only the orange flavor that was a bit week, will do them again. *smile

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