Carrots play to the savory side as well as the dessert side; their natural sweetness is more pronounced when they are cooked. On carrot cakes throughout the United States you will typically see a cream cheese frosting. Cream cheese is yet another ingredient that is used in both savory and sweet preparations. This may be the reason these ingredients have found a common ground in this dessert. The cream cheese in this case is combined with mascarpone to subdue its savory character. When cream cheese is properly sweetened and used in moderation, is a great wrapper for a good carrot cake, adding sour and salty notes to it. The chocolate shell adds a snap, a necessary texture to this dessert, and a neat little box to keep it all in. Chocolate works surprisingly well with these flavors.
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