A traditional favorite in my family, Brazilian carrot cake is very different from the American version. The popular cake is topped with homemade chocolate frosting, and perfect to serve with a glass of milk or tea.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 9x13 baking dish.

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  • Place the carrots, eggs, and oil in a blender or bowl of a food processor. Process until carrots are finely chopped. Pour the carrot mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir in 2 cups sugar until well blended. Stir in the flour and baking powder; mix until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven until top springs back when lightly touched, about 40 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, make the icing by placing the butter, 1 cup sugar, instant hot chocolate drink mix, and milk in a pan. While stirring, heat to almost boiling over medium-high heat until mixture thickens. When the cake is done, remove from the oven and immediately spread the icing evenly over the top.

Nutrition Facts

528.8 calories; 5.7 g protein; 77.7 g carbohydrates; 68.3 mg cholesterol; 231.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2008
I am also Brazillian and I make this cake all the time. Yes the icing is supossed to be absorved by the cake. It makes it really moisty but ugly..lol.If you dont want to do that for the icing you can get a bag of unsweeten chocolate chips. Melt it in a pan with butter. careful not to burn and spead it on top. The unsweeten chips will break up the sweetness of the cake a bit so its not so overwhelming and it will stay on top and look pretty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2009
Good cake but I was disappointed that just like the other reviwer, the icing was absorbed, it looked weird but it tasted good. I'm also from Brazil and it has been probably over 10 years since I haven't had this cake. Read More
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34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2008
I am also Brazillian and I make this cake all the time. Yes the icing is supossed to be absorved by the cake. It makes it really moisty but ugly..lol.If you dont want to do that for the icing you can get a bag of unsweeten chocolate chips. Melt it in a pan with butter. careful not to burn and spead it on top. The unsweeten chips will break up the sweetness of the cake a bit so its not so overwhelming and it will stay on top and look pretty. Read More
(48)
Rating: 5 stars
04/15/2008
I am also Brazillian and I make this cake all the time. Yes the icing is supossed to be absorved by the cake. It makes it really moisty but ugly..lol.If you dont want to do that for the icing you can get a bag of unsweeten chocolate chips. Melt it in a pan with butter. careful not to burn and spead it on top. The unsweeten chips will break up the sweetness of the cake a bit so its not so overwhelming and it will stay on top and look pretty. Read More
(48)
Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2008
Okay I will try to update this when/if I ever try it again... but my first foray into making this did not go well. Actually it tasted great (hence the 4 stars) but it looked like... well not good. When I put the icing on it just was absorbed by the cake. If it was supposed to that then great! But it looked pretty miserable. I made it for my daughter's school - I was supposed to bring something South American. Most was gone before I left but I figure it didn't look appetizing. It was really moist and easy to make though. Like I said I will update when/if I try it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2009
First of all...I am not from Brazil! I have never had this type of carrot cake and I made it as a lark. Secondly I admit that I toyed with the recipe a bit. I didn't want a huge amount of cake around the house - so I cut the measurements by half and used an 8x8 pan instead of the 9x13 pan. I also added a couple of shakes of pumpkin pie spice and a dash of vanilla and a sprinkling of corriander. The only hot chocolate mix I had in the house was a blend called "Mayan" which means there was a bit of cinnamon and other spice to it. It turned out GREAT! I loved the gooeyness of the soaked in icing. I will use this recipe again as a base and I think the next time I will throw in some raisins and nuts and make a cream cheese glaze. Even though I think it is more than likely fantastic made just as ordered in the recipe - my experimentation leads me to think you could do all sorts of things to this recipe to change it up - very versatile. The texture is moist and rich and it is just DELICIOUS! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/17/2009
Good cake but I was disappointed that just like the other reviwer, the icing was absorbed, it looked weird but it tasted good. I'm also from Brazil and it has been probably over 10 years since I haven't had this cake. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
Yummy! Soft and moist and a really lovely light orange color. I only had half the amount of milk so could only make a half batch of the icing. I left out the sugar- I didn't think it needed any more than the cocoa mix already has! I used Ghiradelli's double chocolate cocoa mix. I can't wait to make this again with the entire amount of frosting- its SO good with the cake! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/08/2013
For the icing, start by putting a can of table cream in the freezer for an hour; this will separate the thick part from the watery part, which you'll want to dump so your icing won't be watery. Melt 4 tablespoons of instant chocolate in 1 tablespoon of butter. Let it cool and once it's room temperature mix in the table cream. Pour it over the fresh-out-of-the-oven cake, let it cool and set, and it's done! I personally like to make my cake in round pans so that it drizzles on the side! Also it will NOT mix in with the cake! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2007
I just loved! I'm from Brazil but I live in the US per 4 years now... and I'll tell you was 4 years without a delicius carrot cake till today! Taste just like home! Thank you!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2010
I have Brazilian neighbors and they said this was better than her mothers! They couldn't get enough of it and ate the whole thing in 2 days! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2007
My room-mate many years ago was from Brazil and she made this cake. I loved it and sense then I've been trying to find the recipe. Thank you so much for posting this it's just like I remembered. Read More
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