Spiced carrot and honey fairy cakes

Recipe - Miranda Gore Browne - Spiced carrot and honey fairy cakes_72114

Miranda Gore Browne's recipe for simple little fairy cakes with a hint of spice, which have a touch of times gone by. 

Makes 24 small or 12 large cakes


  • 150g unsalted butter
  • 60g honey
  • 100g soft light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 tsp of grated orange
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 60g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 50g sultanas
  • 150g British carrots (coarsely grated)

For the icing:

  • 150g full fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp of orange juice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 500g icing sugar


  1. Melt the butter and honey in a small saucepan. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar for about three minutes or until thick and pale in colour.
  3. Gently sift in the flour, salt, baking powder, spices and fold in with a large metal spoon.
  4. Stir in the melted butter and honey and then finally add the grated carrot and sultanas.
  5. Put 24 fairy cake cases into tins (or 12 if using larger muffin sized cases).
  6. Carefully spoon the mixture into the cake cases. Bake in the middle of the preheated oven for about 15 minutes (longer if using muffin sized cases and trays).
  7. Take out of the oven and leave to cool before icing.
  8. Put the icing ingredients into a mixing bowl and cream together by hand or with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  9. Put a spoonful of icing onto each cake and swirl with a flat knife.
  10. Decorate with edible flowers – primroses, violets, apple blossom all look really pretty.

Recipe courtesy of Miranda Gore Browne - Miranda is a food writer, home-baking expert, director of The Kitchen School and passionate foodie. She was also a finalist on the first series of The Great British Bake Off. Miranda has written two books, Biscuit and Bake Me a Cake as Fast as You Can both published by Ebury Press.

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Last edited: 21 February 2020 at 15:49

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