Santa's Reindeer Cakes
Tender, spiced carrot muffins studded with walnuts - a favourite with Santa's Reindeer!
Serves: 12
  • 2 small carrots (150g or 6oz by weight)
  • ⅓ cup (75g) white sugar
  • ⅓ cup (75g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp each of nutmeg and cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
  • ½ cup (125ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup walnut pieces
  1. Peel and grate the carrots and set aside. Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a muffin tin with papers.
  2. Place the sugars, spices and oil into a mixing bowl and stir together. Add the eggs and stir until combined.
  3. Fold through the flour, salt and baking powder, and then finally add the carrots and walnuts and stir until everything is incorporated.
  4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cases, and then bake for 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown and springing back when lightly touched. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes, and then dust with sugar and serve. These are lovely with a little salted butter.
Recipe by The Sugar Hit at