Carrot Cake Batter & Pralined Hazelnuts

This spindly edible root is as sweet and colorful as vegetables come. Their natural woodiness harmonizes beautifully with tree nuts and cinnamon bark, practically begging to be made into cake. We shred fresh carrots and roast them with spices until caramelized and full of flavor—then add a vanilla cheesecake and candied hazelnuts.