Carrots and hidden chocolate balls make a mega chocolate cake!

Brazil is famed for its carnivals, the rainforest and its footballers. But Brazilian baked goods are no less impressive. Like, for example, this carrot cake with its molten dark chocolate filling.

You'll need:

For the batter:

  • 5 carrots
  • 11 fl oz vegetable oil
  • 5 eggs
  • 12⅔ oz flour 
  • 10½ oz sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder

For the pralines:

  • 1 oz butter
  • 1½ oz cocoa powder
  • 13½ fl condensed milk

For the couverture:

  • 5½ fl oz milk
  • 3½ oz cocoa powder
  • 3½ oz butter
  • 14 oz sugar
  • chocolate sprinkles as a garnish

Here's how:

1. Peel the carrots and purée them together with the vegetable oil and the eggs in a blender. 

2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in the flour, sugar and baking powder until you have a smooth batter. Then pour the batter into a ring cake baking pan.

3. For the pralines, melt the ingredients in a pan while stirring constantly. As soon as the praline mixture is nice and even, chill it in the fridge for an hour.

4. Now form the praline mixture into balls, coat them in some flour and let them sink into the batter.  Once that's done, slide the ring cake pan into the oven. Bake it for an hour at 340°F with the heat set to above and below. Next, turn the cake out onto a plate and let it cool down.

5. For the couverture, melt the milk, cocoa powder, butter and sugar together in pan. Unusually, the couverture doesn't just form a thin coating over the cake, but is poured into the middle of the ring until it overflows down the outside. To finish, decorate your masterpiece with chocolate sprinkles.

As soon as this Brazilian chocolate dream has cooled down, you can host your very own carnival of the senses — the chocolate balls will conjure up tricks on your tongue, while the liquid chocolate flowing out from the center as you cut the first slice provides a feast for the eyes that's just as enticing!

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