Angel food isn't cake, and chocolate is just too sweet. "But what about funfetti and red velvet?" you ask. Chemicals, through and through. No, my friends, it's carrot cake you want. And not just any carrot cake. You want yours prepared under the guidance of French gastronomic luminary Jean-Georges Vongerichten. At the slick-haired toque's Mediterranean bazaar tucked inside Miami Beach's Edition hotel, each slice ($8) seems as if it came straight from Heaven. Sure, the cream cheese frosting is rich and sugary, but there's an unexpected lightness, like a sweet cloud. Strands of earthy cinnamon, nutmeg, and bright-orange carrots are woven throughout each bite. Then, when you think it's all over, you get a bite of dulce de leche Rice Krispies. Soon you're texting your friends, letting them know where to get your next birthday cake.
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