Welcome to The Storied Recipe Podcast! This Brazilian Carrot Chocolate Cake recipe is from my podcast guest Bee Santo and it represents her life in Brazil, US, and Germany. Listen to her episode, Brazilian Carrot Cake, German Chocolate, and Italian Art!
- American Carrot Cake vs. Brazilian Carrot Cake
- Listen to B's Episode
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- Recipes from Central and South American Guests
- Cake Recipes from Guests of The Storied Recipe
- Brazilian Carrot Cake with Chocolate Marbling
American Carrot Cake vs. Brazilian Carrot Cake
- Both are moist cakes, as are all oil-based cakes
- Both cakes use simple ingredients, but the Traditional Brazilian Carrot Cake recipe is even more simple. Bolo de Cenoura doesn't use spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves.
- While traditional American carrot cake has cream cheese frosting, traditional Brazilian carrot cake has a chocolate glaze "so sweet it crackles"
- The Brazilian cake takes a little less carrots, so as B says, the beautiful orange color won't be quite the same. (I didn't find the color to be too different)
- B says, "This is the cake my mom could make very quickly; a snack cake".
B grew tired of the ultra-sweet, crackly glaze and chose to add a little more chocolate flavor and less sugar to the glaze B heightened the chocolate flavor by adding cocoa powder to ⅓ of the regular carrot cake batter, then swirling the two flavors together
In B's words: "...the bitter chocolate goes so well with the carrot because the carrot is so sweet naturally."
It was hard for me to pick a recipe, to be honest, because I feel like my baking has grew to be a colorful mix of the places I've lived in - Brazil, the US, and Germany. So I felt like the right thing for me to do was to suggest a recipe that is rooted in my childhood memories, my mom's Brazilian carrot cake with chocolate glaze, but that I made my own through the experiences I've had learning how to bake on my own. The marbling is a really good metaphor to represent the person you become when you live abroad, I find. The flavours work together to form a whole, but are distinct enough to never fully disappear within each other. This is how I see myself at the moment too. Made up of different cultural streams that flow together, for the most part, very harmoniously.Barbara Santos
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- Fresh carrots
- Eggs - always best at room temperature.
- Plain white sugar
- Neutral oil: Vegetable oil, canola, sunflower oil
- Sea salt
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - (try dark chocolate for more of a bitter)
- Baking soda
- Cocoa powder
- Optional: Top with orange peel
- Sift the flour and baking powder in one bowl and the cocoa powder and baking soda into another.
- Add the rest of the cake ingredients into a blender or food processor and "Blend it into oblivion" - until any visible pieces of carrot are quite small - just flecks
- Use a rubber spatula or wooden spoon to delicately blend the flour mixture into the oil mixture.
- Alternate carrot cake batter, chocolate mixture, then carrot cake batter again. Swirl together.
- While cake cools, make glaze by whisking all ingredients together into a smooth mixture in small saucepan over medium heat.
- When glaze is thick enough to show pan when scraping, pour over top of the cake
- Usually B's mom's easy carrot cake recipe was made in a simple 9x13 cake pan. You can easily just plop spoonfuls of the chocolate mixture across the 9x13 pan, swirl, cook and serve that way.
- Because this is all about merging cultures, tastes, and preferences, feel free to top with cream cheese frosting (but try B's glaze first!)
- Top with a traditional Brigadeiro frosting made from sweetened condensed milk - it's thick like chocolate fudge.
- Use this recipe to make Brazilian carrot cupcakes with a frosting of your choice.
- Garnish with orange peel, if desired.
- Leave covered on the counter or in the fridge up to 3 days.
- Freeze up to 3 months.