Brazilian Carrot Cake with Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Hello, fellow food lovers!  If you’re looking for a dessert that brings a taste of Brazil right into your kitchen, then you’re in for a treat with our delightful Brazilian Carrot Cake. Topped with a rich chocolate glaze, this cake is as luscious as it is vibrant, making it the perfect finale to any meal or a sweet treat to brighten your day.

Introduction

Brazilian Carrot Cake is not just another dessert; it’s a vibrant celebration of simple ingredients transformed into something magical. In Brazil, this cake is often enjoyed as a birthday treat, but its popularity has spread far and wide due to its moist texture and decadent chocolate topping. I remember savoring this cake during a trip to Rio de Janeiro, where the blend of carrots and chocolate seemed just as lively and colorful as the city itself.

Ingredients

To prepare this comforting Brazilian Carrot Cake, you’ll need:

Brazilian Carrot Cake
Brazilian Carrot Cake

For the Cake:

  • 3 cups finely grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk

Optional Garnish:

  • Crushed nuts or coconut flakes

Include substitutions like gluten-free flour for a gluten allergy, which might slightly alter the texture.

How to Make Brazilian Carrot Cake

Follow these steps to create your own delicious Brazilian Carrot Cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine grated carrots, sugar, and vegetable oil. Mix well. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to the carrot mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. For the glaze, combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook for 2 minutes. Pour over warm cake.
  6. If desired, sprinkle with crushed nuts or coconut flakes while the glaze is still warm.

Helpful Tips

Ensure your carrots are finely grated to integrate smoothly into the batter, enhancing the cake’s moist texture.

Cooking Tips

For a richer flavor, consider using brown sugar in the cake batter or adding a pinch of cinnamon for an aromatic twist.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this delightful cake with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream to complement the rich chocolate glaze.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Can I make this cake ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the cake a day in advance; just add the glaze before serving.
  2. Is there a substitute for vegetable oil? You can use coconut oil as a healthier alternative.
  3. How can I ensure the cake stays moist? Avoid overbaking and keep it covered in a container to retain moisture.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 320
  • Carbohydrates: 46g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 8g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 31mg
  • Sodium: 200mg
  • Potassium: 115mg
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 29g
  • Vitamin A: 5090IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
  • Calcium: 77mg
  • Iron: 2mg

This cake is not only delicious but also offers a good dose of Vitamin A thanks to the carrots.

Storage and Leftovers

Refrigerate: Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Reheat: Best enjoyed at room temperature or slightly warmed if you prefer.

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Conclusion

I hope you enjoy making and indulging in this delightful Brazilian Carrot Cake as much as I do. It’s a wonderful recipe that brings a bit of Brazilian warmth to any kitchen. Don’t forget to share your own experiences or any variations you’ve tried in the comments below. Happy baking!

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Brazilian Carrot Cake with Chocolate Glaze Recipe

Brazilian Carrot Cake with Chocolate Glaze Recipe


  • Author: Maria

Description

Brazilian Carrot Cake is not just another dessert; it’s a vibrant celebration of simple ingredients transformed into something magical. In Brazil, this cake is often enjoyed as a birthday treat, but its popularity has spread far and wide due to its moist texture and decadent chocolate topping. I remember savoring this cake during a trip to Rio de Janeiro, where the blend of carrots and chocolate seemed just as lively and colorful as the city itself.


Ingredients

Scale

For the Cake:

  • 3 cups finely grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup milk

Optional Garnish:

  • Crushed nuts or coconut flakes

Include substitutions like gluten-free flour for a gluten allergy, which might slightly alter the texture.


Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine grated carrots, sugar, and vegetable oil. Mix well. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add to the carrot mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. For the glaze, combine sugar, cocoa powder, butter, and milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and cook for 2 minutes. Pour over warm cake.
  6. If desired, sprinkle with crushed nuts or coconut flakes while the glaze is still warm.

Notes

Ensure your carrots are finely grated to integrate smoothly into the batter, enhancing the cake’s moist texture.

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