April 02, 2012

Brazilian Carrot Cake

With a few ingredients and a very easy recipe, you can learn (and taste) the Brazilian way to prepare carrot cake.

BRAZILIAN CARROT CAKE
(15 to 20 servings / 1h30min.) / Click here to see this recipe in Portuguese

Ingredients
3 large carrots
3 eggs (at room temperature)
1 cup vegetable oil
3 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder

Topping
4 tbs. cocoa powder
1 tbs. butter
2 tbs. sugar
1 ½ cup milk

Directions
1 - Cut carrots into small pieces.
2 - In a blender, beat carrots, eggs and oil to form a thick paste with tiny bits of carrot.
3 - Pour the mixture into a bowl and add sugar and flour, stirring gently, until the ingredients are completely incorporated.
4 - Add baking powder and mix lightly.
5 - Pour batter in a greased and floured pan and bake (in a pre-heated oven) for about 30 minutes (400ºF) or until the cake is completely baked.
6 - After baked, remove it from oven, make holes with a toothpick and spread the topping.

Topping
1 - Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to high heat, stirring constantly.
2 - When it starts boiling, lower the heat to medium and stir until sauce is consistent (for about 15 to 20 minutes).
3 - Let it cool down and spread over the cake.

Tips

  • Garnish with chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
  • Make some extra topping (doubling the quantities, for example) and set aside. At serving time, heat the sweet sauce and cover each piece.
  • You can also use soybean or sunflower oils.

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