Colorful Carrot Cake

I  was inspired when I came across some baby heirloom carrots this spring.  Of course carrot cake came to mind, but I didn't want to do just any ordinary carrot cake.  

 Heirloom Carrot Cake [03.04.2010]

I wanted to do something that highlighted the amazing colors of the carrots so I ended up taking a more avant garde approach to the plating of this dessert.  I baked a thin layer of cake and did a 3/4" dice.  I tossed the cake with 3/4" dice poached pear and candied walnuts.  This mixture sits atop a smear of whipped and lightly sweetened cream cheese.  To finish it off is a quenelle of cream cheese ice cream and a drizzle of caramel. 

Hmmm...my sweet tooth is acting up - wonder why.

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