These edible ribbons of candied carrots add a touch of whimsy to this stunning carrot layer cake. The secret to the 'spring' in their step is an everyday kitchen utensil: a wooden spoon! While the carrot strips are still warm from being candied in the oven, wrap them around the spoon handle to create perky spiralized toppers for cakes and cupcakes.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2020


Credit: Chris Simpson

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 35 mins
25 mins
Enough to decorate one 8-inch cake


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Peel carrots into thin strips. In a saucepan, bring sugar and 3/4 cup water to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Stir in carrots; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until very soft, about 20 minutes. Let cool in syrup 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Preheat oven to 225°F. Arrange strips in a single layer on a wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until tacky but no longer wet, 30 to 40 minutes.

  • Working quickly, spiral carrots around the handle of a wooden spoon (or your finger), and sprinkle with sugar to coat. (If strips harden before you curl them, bake for a few minutes to re-soften.) Let stand on a wire rack until crisp and dry, about 1 hour.

Cook's Notes

Save any residual simple syrup from this recipe to lend an earthy sweetness to cocktails or lemonade.