We all know that dessert for breakfast is easily a top 5 food concept. Others like it that we enjoy – breakfast for dinner, boozy brunch, 24-hour buffets – there are probably a few we’re missing here, boozy brunches affect the memory. However, this recipe takes a little bit of time, and you’re making it for breakfast. We don’t want you to have to get up EXTRA early and read all of our nonsense, so we’re just going to jump right to the recipe! And since you have to get up at least 1 paragraph earlier than you would have, you should probably pour yourself a cup of Lavazza Coffee to wake up. Y’know, since they sent us this recipe.
Breakfast Carrot Cake
Created by Debi Mazar & Gabriele Corcos, stars of Cooking Channel’s show Extra Virgin
Serves: 8 servings
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
2 large carrots (about 3/4 pound), peeled and grated on the large eyes of a box grater
2 cups blanched almonds
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
2/3 cups all-purpose flour
5 eggs, separated
1 package Italian vanilla baking powder
Pinch of salt
Powdered sugar for garnishing
10-inch spring form pan
Preheat oven to 350Fº and butter a 10” spring form pan. Place almonds in a kitchen mixer with one tablespoon of sugar and pulse until coarsely chopped.
Sift flour and baking powder together. Mix together egg yolks and sugar with a hand mixer until creamy and fluffy, then slowly and in increments add flour, carrots and almonds.
Add a pinch of salt to the egg whites and whip them to stiff peaks with a hand mixer. Fold the egg whites into the mixture one third at the time, making sure not to overwork the batter, otherwise it will lose volume. Pour the cake mixture into the buttered pan and bake for 1 hr.
Remove from oven and let it cool off at least 30 minutes before removing the cake from the pan, then garnish with powdered sugar and serve.
TIPS: Pair with Lavazza’s Gran Selezione or Perfetto specialty blends.
Carrot cakes tend to be really moist even after they are baked, so poking it with a toothpick to verify if completely cooked won’t help. Check the color of the cake,; it should look golden but not burned.
Ideally, carrot cakes should sit overnight to reach their perfect texture…but who can resist a slice of warm cake, maybe with a dollop of homemade vanilla cream?