We are inadvertent dessert lovers in this house. So the family was mighty pleased with me selecting ‘Cookies and Cakes’ as part of the monthly exploration plan for the blog. Also we are now CafeGarima.com!
So that does call for a celebration, right! Yeyiii 😀
Souvik and Pri, the highly talented duo of the Giggling Spoons selected the Brazilian cuisine as the theme of the month at Chefs across Boundaries. And in the course of my research I fell in love with Bolo de Cenoura, this carrot cake from Brazil.
It truly was love at first sight. The moistness, the pretty shade of orange and the shiny chocolate glaze- É delicioso!
To add to the pleasure, it is a super simple recipe and can all be done in the mixer-grinder, although I did the last step of mixing in the dry ingredients to the wet with a spatula by hand (careful beginner you see 😛 )
The recipe is largely adapted from Patricia Scarpin’s Technicolor Kitchen.
For the cake
3 small (250 grams) carrots, peeled and cubed
¾ cup plus one tbsp (200 ml) oil
2 cups (300 grams) sugar (I weighed the sugar and then powdered it)
2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour/ Maida
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp lemon rind
A pinch of salt
1 tsp pure lemon extract/vanilla extract
Butter and flour a 24 inch bundt pan. The one I have is a 19 inch pan, so I split the batter into two pans.
Pre heat the oven to 180C.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, powdered sugar, salt.
Blend the cubed carrot and oil till smooth.
Add the eggs one at a time and blend after each addition. Add the lemon/vanilla extract and mix till smooth and creamy.Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
Put in the dry ingredients and lemon rind and mix well. Transfer to the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes. Check with a wooden skewer after 38 odd minutes. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.
Remove and cool in the pan for 7-8 minutes. Unmold and let cool completely.
Prepare the chocolate glaze while the cake cools
For the chocolate glaze
2 tbsp cocoa powder
4 tbsp powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp salted butter
Mix all the ingredients and heat in a small pan till the mixture bubbles. Cool and pour over the cake.
The cake tastes even better the next day!
I am taking this gorgeous cake to Angie’s Fiesta Friday.
50 thoughts on “Bolo de Cenoura- Carrot Cake from Brazil”
When did you say you were planning to move to my city? To a place near my workplace? Anything I could do to facilitate the move?
Simply stunning cake and pics!
Ha ha ha 😀 if wishes were horses, I’d be your neighbour now!!
Thanks a bunch Aruna ❤️
Looks absolutely delicious! Carrot cake is my most favorite next to chocolate cake!
Thanks much Beulah. Means a lot coming from you. I’m a great admirer of your bakes 🙂
That sounds delicious! A great variation on traditional carrot cake 🙂
Thanks June 🙂
I loved the variation too and so simple!
Hi I made these beauties. Substituted egg with ripe banana and they came out awesome .
Thanks a tone
Oh that’s super!
How much banana for each egg?
It’ll help be a great help as there are a few other friends asking for egg substitution options.
I certainly agree with you – “love at first sight” – lovely color and the chocolate drizzle just takes your cake over the top. Happy Fiesta Friday 🙂
Thanks a bunch and it’s a beautiful party you are hosting!
Happy Fiesta Friday 😀
The chocolate glaze on top looks stunning. Thanks for sharing, and happy FF! 🙂
Thanks much Kaila. The chocolate glaze made the cake really special 😀
Happy FF 😀
Carrot cake is my favorite cake, and this Brazilian version looks incredible!! That chocolate drizzle on top… whew, I’m drooling 😀 Thank you so much for sharing with us at Fiesta Friday this week 😀 Pinned, yummed, and stumbled!
Thanks a big bunch Amanda. We love carrot cake too! The lightly spiced American version with some custard is what we knew carrot cake to me (again delish), but this was a different version. We loved it as much as the other 😀
Wow what a beautiful cake! I just love discovering recipes from other countries, and FF is the best place to do it!
Thanks Julie 😀 I feel that the most fun part of food blogging- discovering new recipes.
Happy FF 😀
I don’t think I’ve ever craved carrot cake this much – it looks delicious
Thanks J! 😀 This is long gone and I am craving more now 😛
I’m always looking for new recipes from around the world! Thanks for showing me this Brazilian version of one of my favorite dessert cakes ever! I’ll definitely need to print and try this one out! Happy FF and thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Cynthia 😀 Ditto on new recipes and experimentation with food 😀
Hope you try and like it.
Happy FF and thank you so much for dropping by :))
Your cake is just luscious! I would love to try it! 😀
Thanks a bunch Julianna. That’ll be an honour for sure 😀
I just happen to have way too many carrots to use and was thinking of making a carrot cake. This will be it!
That’s lovely Hilda 😀 Hope you love it as much as we did ❤ Thanks for dropping by!
You’ve taken the carrot cake up a notch! How beautiful this looks and I can only imagine what it might taste like. The chocolate drizzle is a beautiful contrast against the carrot color. Obrigada 🙂
Thanks for the lovely words Loretta ❤ It didn't last beyond a day and I have the boys asking for more 😛 So it was loved overall.
Thanks for dropping by ❤
Love carrot cakes and yours looks so good! with that dark glaze! Yummy! 🙂
Thanks Mila 😀 You have some lovely recipes on the blog! Those crackers look so tempting ❤
Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again! 🙂
What a lovely looking cake. This looks so good especially with the glaze. Happy FF! 🙂
Thanks Jhuls 😀 The glaze made it ever so special! Happy FF 🙂
Oh wow, this looks decadent and delicious! I love trying new recipes from other parts of the world, and I love carrot cake so I have a feeling this one will be a winner 🙂 You’ve got some great recipes, I’m glad I found your blog and am looking forward to following along!
Thanks Jamie. Very kind of you to drop by! ❤
Saw some awesome recipes on your blog 😀
I love this! Carrot cake is one of my favorites and I love learning about recipes from other countries. Also, congrats on officially becoming cafegarima.com! 😀
Thanks a bunch Justine ❤ Me too love exploring other cuisines and variations 😀
What a gorgeous cake and I’m planning on making this – so different from my go to recipe! Happy FF!
Thanks much 😀 The fun thing is how ridiculously simple it is to bake!
Happy FF 🙂
That’s a beautiful cake! Love the chocolate glaze! I usually just put cream cheese frosting on my carrot cake but I think chocolate is even better! 😃😃
Thanks a bunch Angie 🙂
This is a traditional Brazilian version which uses chocolate glaze.
The good old carrot cake with little carrot bits and spices is best served with, as you said, cream cheese frosting .
Both are wonderful their own ways I found 😀
Lovely looking cake! ANd never thought of combining carrots with chocolate! Yum!!
This looks delicious Garima. And congratulations on moving to a self hosted blog 🙂
This was the second recipe I tried from your blog after the superhit red velvet. It was not too sweet, had a nice subtle hint of citrus and beautiful color. Loved it.
Thanks much Frency
This is very close to my heart too ❤️
I tried this cake.. It was nice.. Texture was very good.. But it didn’t taste very “carrotty”..followed the recipe to the T..
It’s a little different from the regular carrot cake (which is typically American).
Because the carrot is blitzed in the mixer, the flavour and texture changes. This is how it is done in Brazil 😃
☺ thankyou.. I appreciate your reply..
Does the glazed cake need to be kept in the fridge for the glaze to set? Or can I glaze just before slicing??
You can do it just about half an hour before serving and leave it on the counter to set slightly.