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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Carrot, Walnut and Chocolate Cake

Pin It This cake turned out very nice. I adapted a Brazilian recipe for carrot cake and added walnuts and chocolate chips in the batter.

As usual I didn't make use of any frosting or icing. I believe they are for special occasion's cakes only, and this was a weekday cake I made when a girlfriend of mine came over for coffee.
So here is the recipe:

3 small carrots, chopped (about 1 1/2 cup) **
4 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
3 cups all purpose flour, or use 1/2 wheat, 1/2 AP
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a blender, combine carrots, eggs, oil and sugar and blend it until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Sprinkle some of the dry ingredient mix in the chocolate chips so they are lightly coated (this prevent them from sinking in to the bottom of the pan). Slowly add dry ingredients to carrot mixture until incorporated. Do not over mix it. Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
Pour batter into a prepared (buttered and floured) cake pan and bake it at 350 until done, about 35-40 minutes.

** You can add up to 2 cups of carrots, it will make the cake colour brighter and the carrot taste more evident.

Notes: try a piece of the cake while still warm, when the chocolate chips are still melted. Yuuuumm
Other variations for this cake include raisins, shredded coconut (all added to the batter) or skip the chocolate chips and top it with a chocolate frosting instead.

3 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Oooh, great mix of flavors!!

Rita said...

Thanks veggie girl. I wonder if it could be done vegan, using some apple sauce instead of eggs...huumm?

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