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Decorative Carrots

How to Make Decorative Carrots for your carrot cake or cupcakes. Includes a step-by-step video showing THREE ways to make cute carrots: with buttercream, candy melts, and marzipan. Perfect for spring!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Recipe by Tessa Arias


Method 1: Buttercream

  • Small batch of [url]buttercream∞https://www.handletheheat.com/how-to-make-the-best-buttercream/[/url]
  • Orange & green gel food coloring
  • Plain open tip ([url]Wilton #12∞http://amzn.to/1rcKnay[/url])
  • Leaf tip ([url]Wilton #352∞http://amzn.to/23Vy0B9[/url])

Method 2: Candy Melts

  • Orange and green candy melts

Method 3: Marzipan

  • [url]Marzipan∞http://amzn.to/1Snut7c[/url]
  • Orange food coloring
  • Fresh parsley, trimmed for carrot tops


Buttercream Carrots

  1. Place 3/4 of the buttercream in a medium mixing bowl. Add orange food coloring and stir until colored.
  2. Place the remaining buttercream in a small mixing bowl. Add the green food coloring and stir until colored.
  3. Transfer the orange buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a small plain tip. Transfer the green food coloring to a piping bag fitted with the leaf tip. Pipe an upside triangle on your cake or cupcake. Add three or four ‘leaves’ using the green buttercream.

Candy Melt Carrots

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Melt the orange candy melts per the package instructions then transfer them to a sealable plastic bag or piping bag. Let the melts cool slightly until less runny. Cut off the tip and pipe the shape of a carrot.
  2. Repeat with the green candy melts, but pipe the green leaves of each carrot.
  3. Transfer the baking sheet to the fridge for 5 minutes or until the candy melts have fully hardened. Carefully release each carrot from the baking sheet and place on your cupcakes or cake.

Marzipan Carrots

  1. Knead food coloring into marzipan until brightly colored. Roll into a log and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Rolling each piece between your palms, form into a small carrot shape.
  2. Make lines into the carrots with a toothpick dipped in oil to give a realistic appearance. Use the toothpick to poke a small hole at the top of each carrot. Insert parsley stems the hole. Place on top cupcakes or cake.