These candied carrots are a deliciously simple, and a fun way to decorate your cake. They add a touch of bright color, are nicely sweetened and have the texture of fruit leather, which is great for snacking.
Last week I shared my favorite recipe for cream cheese buttercream frosting, it’s amazing stuff, you should check it out.
It’s a really delicious recipe, but photographing it is a little boring. The pictures turned out looking like a sea of white and not very appealing, it was really difficult telling what it was. It needed color!
I could have topped it with some candy and called it a day, but that didn’t seem right, I wanted the images to scream, cream cheese frosting. And, what screams cream cheese frosting more than carrot cake?
I decided to go with some candied carrots. For some of you that might sound a little weird but I’m telling you they are amazing, not just for decorating but for snacking. My kids go nuts whenever I make them.
Simple Steps for Making Candied Carrots
Clean the carrots and then decided how you want to cut them. There are a few different ways you can do it. You can grate them, which is great if you want to use them for a sprinkling effect. You can thinly slice them, which is what I do for the kids snacks. Or, you can use a peeler to make long strips, which is great for making curly-Q’s.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 225°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and then give it a light coat of cooking spray.
Step 2: Grab a heavy saucepan, add the water and sugar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it comes to a boil and the sugar is completely dissolved, turn the heat down to medium low.
Step 3: Add the carrots to the pan, making sure that they are all submerged in the liquid. Let it simmer for 15 minutes.
Step 4: Remove from the heat and drain, using a mesh strainer. Transfer the carrots to the baking sheet, making sure that they are laid out flat and not touching each other.
Step 5: Bake for 30 minutes. Once the carrots are translucent, remove from oven, sprinkle with sugar if desired and let cool.
If you are making curly-Q’s, you’ll want to do this while the carrots are still hot. To make them, wrap the carrot around the handle of a wooden spoon, then slide it off and let it cool.
How to Make Candied Carrots for Decorating & Snacking
- 1 cup sugar plus more for decorating (optional)
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 large carrots
- cooking spray
- Preheat the oven to 225°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper , lightly spray with cooking oil.
- Clean carrots and cut to desired shape. (see notes)
- In a heavy saucepan, add water and sugar, bring to a boil over med-high heat.
- Add carrots, lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat, drain and transfer to a baking sheet.
- Arrange carrots so they are flat and not touching.
- Bake 30 minutes or until translucent. Sprinkle with sugar and let cool.
Slice - for snacks
Peel - for making curly-Q's **For Curly-Q's - While the carrots are still hot, wrap around the handle of a wooden spoon, then slide it off and let cool.
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