I finally gathered all my supplies for these little cakes. I ordered the molds from Amazon (fantes was out of stock), I picked up the julienne peeler from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and bought fresh carrot juice from my local bakery.
I was not sure I would love the star anise. I have only used it a time or two before. I was happily surprised. The cakes were moist and flavorful and the candied carrots were so beautiful. I cannot wait to make these again for a special occasion.