This is the MOST EXPENSIVE CAKE IN THE WORLD! Well ok, not really, but my 24 Carrot Cake is definitely the most expensive LOOKING cake and it tastes like a million bucks, so I count that as close. (A food friend for the new gold MacBook Pro...)

FUN FACT: There are actually 24 baby carrots used in the cake recipe, so the title is completely legit.

Ok, let's get fancy everyone!


Check out some of my other fun/cheeky projects:

Beer Koozie Mittens
Paddleball Set
Jackalope Costume
Portable Park

Step 1: Recipes + Tools Needed

Cake Recipe

1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup superfine (castor) sugar
6 tbsp brown sugar
5 eggs
24 small baby carrots (approx. 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup self-rising flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
pinch of salt
butter to line the pan


large mixing bowl
medium mixing bowl
measuring cup / spoons
chef's knife or small food processor
bread pan (I used the Chicago Metallic Commercial II Traditional Uncoated 1-1/2-Pound Loaf Pan)
parchment paper
cake base/board (I used a piece of marble)
bread knife

Cream Cheese Icing Recipe

1 1/4 cup (10 oz) cream cheese
1/2 cup room temperature butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice


mixing bowl
hand mixer
icing spatula or butter knife

Cake Decoration

24oz package of white fondant
24oz package of yellow fondant
red, yellow, and green food coloring
23 karat edible gold leaf (25 sheets)


20" fondant rolling pin
non-latex surgical gloves (optional)
fondant smoother
dough cutter
3/8" clear acrylic for custom laser cut stamps (Optional - see Step 15)
laser cutter for custom laser cut stamps (Optional - see Step 15)
new soft bristle paint brush

Oh ho, very funny
<p>Wow, worth the effort. Nice job with the cake, puns, and gold-leaf!</p>
<p>Yummy, funny and clever, Paige!</p>
<p>I think I'll try making a &quot;paleo&quot; version of this. Might be horrible! But it might be awesome. </p>
Genius! Beautifully done.
<p>i can feel the disappointment after finding out it is not gold then soothing realization it is at least a cake and then it hits again - carrot cake</p>
<p>Hahah, bananap it was an awesome comment! Otherwise I will give the chance to the carrot cake without the golden leaves just because I am very curious about the recipe.</p>
<p>Ahaha, nice. </p>
<p>looks very yummy :)</p>
Love the cake really cool
Nancy uline
Awesomely tasty looking cake!<br>
<p>Food fit for a king!</p>
<p>I am in love with your photos! I cannot believe how amazing every single photo is! I never thought I would be so in awe of a photo of carrots!!!! Incredible! The cake looks insanely awesome! I love it! You have such attention to detail. I wish I could make something awesome like this but my son can't have any food dyes...must find alternatives! :) </p>
<p>Awe, thanks Holly! I really appreciate it. If the ingredients of the white fondant check out for your son's aversion to dyes, you could always color it with turmeric instead!</p>
Thank you so much, Paige! Excellent idea! :)
<p>This is fantastic!</p>
<p>Truly amazing. Tasted as good as it looked!</p>
The very defined 2nd picture tho...
<p> best ever cake I saw</p>
<p>No I won't die in a hospital and tell my friend to stay gold! Well, &quot;Just let me finish my pie.&quot;</p>
<p>Too many referances.</p>
<p>cool :-)</p>
Ha! Clever!:)
<p>Beautiful! You are very clever.</p><p>Cheers</p>
<p>wow amazing </p>
<p>WOW! Be still my carrot cake lovin' heart. (I'd have to find a way to add in the cream cheese icing as it's my favorite part!)</p><p>One other possibility for the lettering. I have lettering sets from Wilton made to impress into cakes. I was wondering what would happen if the gold leaf was applied first, then the letters impressed. </p><p>Finally, on some cake decorating shows, I have seen gold applied by using a gold powder and alcohol to make a &quot;paint&quot;. I was wondering if you'd tried this and what your results were. I imagine that the leaf would give a smoother, more solid look.</p><p>Suzanne in Orting, WA</p>
<p>that golden butterknife tho.</p>
great looking cake. great pics too. thanks for sharing
<p>Awesome idea! Love it.</p>
<p>Love that the nails match the cake! Amazing job!</p>
<p>24 baby carrots! (LOL) Great cake idea and cute too with that baby carrot reference. Worth the money for someone's 50th anniversary. Might have to have friends chip in if we made one for the Gold Finger viewing party. You have us all impressed. </p>
<p>Pretty impressive! It's not every day you see the gold leaf busted out.</p>
<p>This is just jaw-dropping amazing! Thank you for this idea and for your detailed photos. Just wow.</p>
<p>Thank you! :)</p>
<p>Great Job, with everything, nice touch with the gold nail polish!</p>
<p>Thanks gadjetramjet!</p>
<p>You don't list the amount of cinnamon in the ingredients list, but call for it to be added to the flour before sifting. How much cinnamon? Otherwise a fantastic video and very clear instructable! :)</p>
<p>Opps, I see that you listed the cinnamon in the video. </p><p>I also wonder if you could use gold luster dust and vodka to paint the cake gold as a cheaper alternative. Personally I'd try that before spending money on edible gold sheets. </p><p>Still, a fantastic instructable!!</p>
<p>Thanks for catching the fact that I forgot to list the cinnamon in the instructable!! I've added it in. And if you try the gold luster dust + vodka, please let me know how it turns out. </p>
<p>It's beautiful but a very expensive cake! The gold leaves book with 25 leaves cost $50 on amazon.com... so, this should be made for very special occasions! Other than this small detail, it is a great instructable! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>You can find cheaper edible gold leaf, for example, here's some for under five bucks.. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008QWOUMS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008QWOUMS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fractayoudig-20&amp;linkId=6QYHEVA424I6NKGQ</p>
<p>You should read the reviews of the item in the link you provided.</p>
<p>This is great, yet it looks as though the gold leaf that you mention is much smaller in size (each piece is 1.6&quot; by 1.6 inches), and hers look bigger in the instructable above. I'm guessing you could use the smaller ones, but would need to buy many more of them to cover the cake?</p>
<p>Without a doubt this is the best set of instructions ever written. I doubt if my kitchen will see the project, (unless you happen to be in the neighborhood) but am very impressed by your thoroughness and clever writing. Thank you! The gold nail polish is a delightful detail. You're good!</p>
<p>Thank you for your kind words patsf! My nails and I really appreciate the high fives. :)</p>
<p>Looks awesome!</p>
<p>You did a fantasic job on your presentation and subject. Love the nails too! &lt;3</p>
<p>Cake puns are the highest form of humor.</p>
<p>This is the most awesome looking dessert I've ever seen. Fantastic job! I'm sad that there's no contest for me to vote for this.</p>

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