One of the most versatile veggies out there, carrots are terrific in everything from cake to juice. Here we’ve collected 15 creative — and colorful — recipes that put this remarkable root front and center. Let’s get cooking!

1. Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting: Topped with a plume of frosting, carrot cake has never looked so good. (via A Happy Food Dance)

2. Carrot Pappardelle with a Middle Eastern Twist (Raw, Vegan): Ribbons of carrot create a faux pasta that’ll leave you feeling satisfied and anything but sinful. (via Sprouting an Old Soul)

3. Slow Roasted Carrots with Lentils, Nuts, and Goat Cheese: Enjoy this hearty salad as a main course or side for a wintery roast. (via A Tasty Love Story)

4. Carrot Cake Crepe Cake: We’ve never seen carrots used like this before. You can never go wrong with crepes. (via Katie at the Kitchen Door)

5. Sunrise Breakfast Juice: Brighten your mornings with this sunny carrot-grapefruit-tumeric juice blend. (via Ashley Neese)

6. Spicy Carrot Salad: Carrots are totally the star of the show in this spicy salad. (via Mommypotamus)

7. Carrot Cheddar Bites: Baked, not fried, these bites are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. (via Recipris)

8. Roasted Carrot Leek Soup: Swap carrots for potatoes in a loaded baked potato soup and this is what you get. So. Pretty. (via Family Fresh Cooking)

9. Carrot and Chickpea Cakes: These falafel-style cakes make for a tasty healthy dinner or snack. Even chickpea haters enjoy them. (via Savy Naturalista)

10. Roasted Cumin Lime Carrots: Cumin and lime make these carrots fit for a fiesta! (via From Lil’ J’s Kitchen)

11. Vanilla Carrot Cream Tart: Fool everyone with this orange-hued-but-not-pumpkin-or-sweet-potato-filled tart. (via Food Gal)

12. Carrot and Wasabi Ranch Dressing (Vegan, Gluten-free): Top your next salad or homemade sushi rolls with this sweet, spicy, and creamy dressing.(via No Whey No Cow)

13. Raw Carrot Cake Cheese Cake: DIY cashew “cream cheese” tops a date-sweetened carrot cake base to create an intriguing dessert for raw foodies. (via Healthful Pursuit)

14. Gajar Ka Halwah: This traditional, yet lightened up, Indian carrot pudding, spiced with saffron and cardamom, sounds simply scrumptious. (via Munaty Cooking)

15. Carrot Fritters: Topped with creamy avocado and a runny yolk egg, these lightly fried carrot fritters create a well-balanced meal that’s perfect for brunch or dinner. (via The Pancake Princess)

Are carrots a staple in your fridge or are they relegated to the snowman’s schnoz? Let us know your fave ways to showcase them in the comments!