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How to Decorate a Carrot Cake

Updated on March 11, 2015

Decorate Carrot Cake

Carrots, cream cheese, and more!

Orange, sweet, and yummy,decorating carrot cake ideas.

Who would have thought that pastry food substitutes of the medieval period would belong to today’s top five delicacies of every family? More than the tangy orange cake, carrot cake gets the notch of being the number one ‘veggie delight’ recipe that is within every household’s dining. Known for being smooth and moist, this vegetable delicacy is the perfect dessert for all those non-vegans there who want to try even a pinch of what they thought a ‘no-no’ in their plates.

Usually paired with cream cheese, these desserts are called ‘carrot cakes’ because of the presence of carrot shavings (from minimal to considerate amount, but never abundant). Since the beginning of its invention, carrot cake is served in different shapes or by loaves, all plain baked carrot shavings and batter.

But for today’s kitchen wonders, these carrot cakes are off for grabs even with only cream cheese surfaced at top! But what if this wonder was more than cream cheese at the top? Here is one of those wonderful decoration ideas that would make you and your carrot cake worth more than a wonder.


Almonds and Carrots

Nutty-sweet is one of the flavors dessert lovers would always crave for in every food. However, some, or a majority, cake preparers find it hard to incorporate in a cake. With this example you are to achieve that flavor and maintain that texture as long as you like.

First, all you need to do is to mix the icing with the cream cheese. Do not consume all the icing for the compound; it is to be used for designing, too. The mixture would be the coating of your cake. Mix the two ingredients well that it would have a unison color. You will need some almond nuts here, and before proceeding, it is assumed that you already know how to pipe a cake.

Coat every surface of your cake with the mixture. Take note that it should have at least an even distribution in the whole surface, to somehow ensure manageable design placements. After doing this, you may consider having some of your icing in two separate small bowls for coloring. You will need one orange food coloring for the first bowl, and light or apple green color for the other bowl.

Gently get some almond nuts from your container and carefully paste them in the coated sides of the cake, leaving the top untouched. If you are getting used with pasting the nuts, then you would consider putting generous amount to cover the sides fast.

Going to the top of the cake, a good design would be partitioning lines that would determine the size of each share on the cake. This would be best applied especially if you are to have many visitors to eat. The trick is simple, approximate the number of the eaters with the area of the cake. And with your remaining uncolored mixture (icing and cream cheese), draw some lines (probably square ones) that would fit to your imaginary portions of the cake.

Put your colored icings at separate bags – for the orange, use a plain medium hole tip and for the light green one, make use of a curly tip piping bag. At the center of each of your portions at the top, gently pipe in the orange icing to the shape of carrot. The trick here is that you should allow an allowance at the top edge of each portion and pipe the icing in a comma pattern.

Continue piping until all the portions have their orange icings put. Finally, using the light green icing, pipe in to each orange icing’s head to a point where it would look like a carrot leaf. The goal of this aesthetic technique is to still show what kind of cake it is while having some interesting texture and design. This may be optional, but you may pipe some waves into each of the cake’s outline.


The ‘Grate’ Twirls!

Some interesting decoration could be derived simply through the cake’s design.

You may want to bake a holed circular carrot cake, and have it coated generously, and unconsciously observing constant coating. This would somehow create a rough texture despite its smooth coating, an interesting contrast of design. For the carrots, you may want to grate them to design the top portion of the cake, this time leaving the side surface untouched.

For some instances, you may have some pillars providing you with thin carrot stripes. You could make use of them by twirling them into the toothpick and have them set into the refrigerator soaked in a cup of water. You could wait for two hours to get the twirl look of the stripes.

When the carrot twirls are set, you could distribute the carrot twirls and you may consider putting a prick of the grated carrots afterwards.

Simple or effort-enforcing, these designs would surely enhance not only the look but also the flavor of your carrot cake. This only proves that you need not to have more to get more; just simple and tongue-tickling would be enough to make your carrot cake not only the favorite, but the best-seller!

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