These carrot buns are delicious. They do, unfortunately, look very boring and don’t photograph well so I decided to put cream cheese frosting onto some of them to prettify them up a bit – much to the delight of my Bonus Boy!

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Carrot buns with decorative icing and edible paper flowers on a cake stand.

My children have helped me make these since they were tiny and they remain a firm favourite.


Carrot bun mix in cupcake cases, ready to go in the oven.

They are delicious just as they are but, if you want to frost them, simply beat the frosting ingredients together adding enough icing sugar to make a stiff but easily spreadable paste. I popped a spoonful on top of a few of the buns (we are not all frosting fans) and then used a butter knife to spread it out and then to whirl them a bit. A wafer daisy topped them off nicely.

Carrot buns on a cake stand.

Carrot Buns

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Course: Baked Goods, Cake
Cuisine: English
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 157kcal


For the buns

  • 175 g butter at room temperature
  • 100 g brown sugar
  • 1 free range egg at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 225 g carrots grated
  • 140 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg

For the frosting

  • 60 g cream cheese
  • 15 g unsalted butter
  • 100 g icing sugar you may need a little more


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F and line a 12 hole bun tray with paper cases
  • Cream the butter and sugar together using an electric mixer until light and fluffy
  • Beat in the egg and milk
  • Stir in the grated carrots
  • Sieve the flour, bicarb, baking powder and spices and stir into the bun mix
  • Spoon the mixture into the paper cases, filling them almost to the top
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the tops spring back when pressed lightly with your finger
  • Cool on a wire rack


Nutritional information is only an approximate guideline. Calculations will vary according to the ingredients you use and your cooking methods.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 3275IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1mg
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Carrot buns without icing on a decorative cake stand.

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