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Chocolate Carrot Cake


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Chocolate Carrot Cake

Chocolate is a great flavor addition to the classic carrot cake. This cake is moist and satisfying and really simple to make. A great option for a Rosh Hashana (or anytime) dessert, celebrating the tradition of eating carrots on the Jewish New Year.


  • Prep Time : 15 min
  • Cook Time : 40 min
  • Ready Time : 55 min


8 Servings


  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups grated carrots, about two large carrots or three medium carrots
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

Carrot Juice Glaze

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup carrot juice


1 Combine the oil, juice, water, eggs, sugar and vanilla. You can use a food processor, a hand mixer, a standing mixer, or a whisk.
2 Combine the cinnamon, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and gently mix into the wet ingredients.
3 Fold in the grated carrots and coconut flakes until just combined.
4 Place into a 9 inch loaf pan or a six cup tube/Bundt pan and bake for forty minutes at 350 or until a wooden stick inserted
in the center comes out clean.
5 Allow cake to cool completely, and drizzle the carrot juice glaze on top of the cake.

Carrot Juice Glaze
Using carrot juice in the glaze, amps up the carrot flavor in this dessert and adds a vivid, natural orange color to the frosting,
and contrasts beautifully with the dark chocolate carrot cake. Carrot juice is widely available in supermarkets, under Bolthouse Farms.

Combine sugar and carrot juice until a thick mixture forms, and drizzle over the cake.


As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine Fall 2012 – Subscribe Now.


About Shifra Klein


Editor-in-Chief of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine. Shifra originally founded the Bitayavon magazine with her husband Shlomo and they live in Brooklyn with their 2 boys.




30 Responses to Chocolate Carrot Cake

  1. avatar says: Lori

    at what temperature??

  2. I am totally printing this out! I never thought of making a chocolate carrot cake before. Brilliant!

  3. avatar says: Mer

    Chocolate carrot cake! What a wonderful flavor combination, and not one I’ve thought of before. Going to give this one a try.

    • you will love it!

      • avatar says: Frida

        Is there anything I can use instead of the coconut?
        The cake sounds delicious and healthy too!

        • you can simply skip it

        • avatar says: Judith

          I’ve used canned drained crushed pineapple in a similar recipe to simulate the texture of coconut and it turned out well. You may have to cut down on the liquid slightly.

  4. I love that this is chocolate, but I also love that it’s parve!! Can’t wait to try.

  5. avatar says: dgartner

    The batter seems awfully thick. Is that normal?

    • Did you use all the wet ingredients?

      • avatar says: dgartner

        Yes. Turned out a little dry. I cooked it longer that called for because at the end of the time, it didn’t seem done. I’m going to try it again.

        • make sure to add the water – the batter should be quite wet

          • avatar says: dgartner

            I must have forgotten the water last time. Batter looks a lot different this time. My desserts usually get eaten pretty quickly at the oneg, and the last time I made this recipe, it didn’t get finished. I’m hoping this one does.

      • avatar says: dgartner


  6. avatar says: Leslie

    What can I substitute for the coconut? We don’t like coconut.

  7. avatar says: Chantie

    I made these whole wheat and baked as muffins for about 20 minutes. They are so good, even without the frosting! Thanks for sharing!

  8. If I wanted to make cupcakes, how many would it make and what temp for how long?


    • At least 12 (possibly more). Same temp but about 5 minutes less – you would need to keep an eye on it and check with a toothpick

  9. Adding this to my folder of new recipes to try. I have a juicer so I’ll juice my own carrots rather than buy Bolthouse carrot juice, which is pretty expensive.

  10. avatar says: nezzie

    can i omit orange juice and corn flakes? if not what can i use as replacement.

  11. love this recipe & will definitely be trying it…But, never heard about eating carrots on Rosh Hashanah

  12. Would love to try this recipe but not sure if carrots must be coarse or finely grated and what is sweetened coconut flakes???

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