Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 35 Mins
Makes 15 to 20 curls

Channel your inner pastry chef and elevate your cake with these vibrant embellishments that are a cinch to make. Best of all, they are as tasty as they are beautiful, adding sweetness, texture, and whimsy. Make up to five days ahead, and layer between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature.

How to Make It

Step 1

PREPARE CARROTS. Preheat oven to 225°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Remove 15 to 20 long strips from carrots, using a vegetable peeler. (Strips will get wider as you get close to the core of the carrot.)

Step 2

COOK AND DRAIN. Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a large heavy-duty saucepan over medium-high heat. Add carrot strips, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer carrot strips 15 minutes. Drain in a wire-mesh strainer, and cool 5 minutes.

Step 3

BAKE THE STRIPS. Spread cooked carrot strips 1 inch apart in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 225° for 30 minutes. As the carrot strips bake, they will begin to look translucent. Remove from oven. (Strips will be warm but cool enough to handle.)

Step 4

CREATE THE CURLS. Working quickly, wrap each carrot strip around the handle of a wooden spoon, forming curls. Gently slide off spoon. Sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Let curls sit at room temperature until completely dry (about 30 minutes).

Ratings & Reviews

I was skeptical...

October 04, 2017
I always make a recipe exactly as stated first time - but I was really skeptical about this one: summer for 15 minutes? Bake for 30? I'm SO glad I followed instructions - they are perfect! Light and airy, perfectly sweet. Will definitely be a step up from the carrot-shaped icing the grocery store uses on their cakes. They look so professional - thank you!

October 04, 2017
Oops - SIMMER, not SUMMER! ;)

candied carrot curls

May 19, 2016
I used this recipe for my carrot cake and won first place at our state fair!  They were very tasty and most people did not believe they were edible but of course hey are.  Thanks for the idea and recipe.Frankie