Brazilian-Style Carrot Cake with Chocolate Sauce


Brazilian recipe for carrot cake. The chocolate sauce will harden and form a shell as it cools.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
43 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 8 mins
1 10-inch cake


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • ½ cup vegetable oil

  • 3 carrots, quartered

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

Chocolate Sauce:

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup cocoa powder

  • 6 tablespoons milk

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 10-inch cake pan and dust with flour.

  2. Combine 2 cups sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, and carrots in a blender; blend until very smooth, about 5 minutes.

  3. Pour carrot mixture into a bowl; add flour and baking powder. Mix well to combine. Pour into the prepared cake pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Invert onto a wire rack to cool.

  5. Combine 1/2 cup sugar, cocoa powder, milk, and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce begins to bubble and thicken, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and quickly spread over cake.

Cook's Notes:

I've also tried adding the flour and baking powder to the blender and mixing the batter that way, but it depends on the blender.

Substitute powdered chocolate drink mix (such as Nesquik(R)) for the cocoa powder if desired, but reduce sugar by 1 tablespoon if doing so.

Any kind of chocolate frosting goes well with this cake. Try chocolate ganache!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

438 Calories
16g Fat
72g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 438
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 173mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 72g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 6g
Calcium 110mg 8%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 128mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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