Brazilian Chocolate Carrot Cake With Brigadeiros
If you're looking for an extra delicious, extra moist cake recipe, then look no further! This Brazilian carrot cake is taking all of the deliciousness of traditional carrot cake and adding in an extra yummy twist. Instead of just frosting the cake with your standard cream cheese frosting, we're adding some ooey, gooey, chocolatey homemade brigadeiros, or Brazilian chocolate fudge balls, to its center. But it doesn't stop there! To finish everything off, the cake gets coated in a homemade chocolate glaze and topped off with chocolate sprinkles. Whether you're looking for a delicious new way to enjoy carrot cake or you just love chocolate, this Brazilian carrot cake recipe is a must-try!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Difficulty Level: Easy
For the brigadeiros (chocolate fudge balls):
- ¼ stick butter
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- flour for coating
For the carrot cake:
- 5 carrots
- 5 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 cups flour
- 1½ cups sugar
- 1 tbsp baking powder
For the chocolate glaze:
- 4 cups sugar
- 2½ cups cocoa powder
- 1⅓ cups milk
- 1¾ sticks butter
- chocolate sprinkles to garnish
1. For the brigadeiros, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat, add the cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk, and stir continuously until the mixture has reached a thick, gooey consistency. Spread the mixture over a flat plate and refrigerate for 3 hours.
2. Peel the carrots, chop them into smaller pieces, and place them in a blender. Add the eggs and vegetable oil to the blender and puree the mixture until smooth.
3. Pour the smooth mixture into a bowl and combine with the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
4. Form 17 chocolate fudge balls from the chilled brigadeiro mixture and roll them in flour.
5. Pour the carrot cake mixture into a greased tube pan and let the flour-coated brigadeiros sink into the batter. Transfer the tube pan to a preheated oven, cook at 350°F for 1 hour, and then let cool for 1 hour.
6. For the chocolate glaze, add the sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and butter to a saucepan over low heat and bring to a boil. Once the butter has melted and the sugar has completely dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool for 1 hour. Pour the chocolate glaze over the Brazilian carrot cake and top with chocolate sprinkles before serving.
One bite of this carrot cake and you'll never go back to cream cheese frosting again. Chocolate glaze, chocolate sprinkles, chocolatey brigadieros – this Brazilian carrot cake couldn't any more rich or any more delicious!
Get the recipe for the Brazilian Carrot Cake Balls featured in the bonus video.