Bolo de Coco (Coconut Cake)

14 Jul

Bolo de Coco

Not too long ago, were were visiting some friends to welcome their newborn boy. The lucky mother is Brazilian and she offered us a piece of Bolo de Coco (Coconut Cake) that her mother had just baked and a cup of coffee.

It was like a piece of heaven. This cake is moist, fluffy and covered in sweet and coconuty sauce that makes it impossible to have just one piece. It reminded me a lot of Tres Leches cake but with a hint of coconut.

I, of course had to have the recipe and try to recreate the cake at home. I got the recipe in Portuguese and not so US-friendly measurements, but after consulting with Brazilian friends and putting my translation skills back to work, I ended up with a pretty good rendition of this traditional Brazilian recipe.



1 teacup of milk (according to my research, this should be about 6 oz.)
1 teacup of sugar (about 12 tablespoons)
2 teacups of flour (1 1/2 cups)
3 eggs, separated
1 tablespoon baking powder
3 tablespoons of butter
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
butter and flour to coat baking pan


1 can of  whipping cream (such as Nestle Media Crema)
1 cup of milk
1 can of condensed sweetened milk
1 200ml can of coconut milk
1 cup of freshly grated coconut or sweetenend coconut flakes

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover round baking pan with butter and dust with flour.

Beat egg whites with mixer until they form soft peaks. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar and then beat in egg yolks and vanilla extract. Add flour and milk to this mixture, alternating ingredients and mix after each addition. Incorporate to egg whites.

Pout mixture in baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Mix wet ingredients for sauce. Remove cake from oven, pierce with a fork and pour mixture over cake allowing cake to absorb it. Cover cake with coconut flakes.

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5 Responses to “Bolo de Coco (Coconut Cake)”

  1. Isabela July 14, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    first havaianas, now bolo de coco – you should really come to brazil, you will love it!! your blog looks awesome, btw!! did you do it yourself? i want to make one but i’ve never tried wordpress and blogger doesn’t look this pretty!

  2. gypsyrhapsody July 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm #

    I’m loving WordPress! But Blogger has new designs now and there’s a lot of template options out there, too.

  3. Keegan July 23, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    You are missing the sugar ?????

    • gypsyrhapsody July 23, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

      Hi Keegan! Strange, cake without sugar is not cake! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Jessie June 6, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    This recipe is fairly easy and OMG DELICIOUS but adding the baking powder isn’t in the instructions and I didn’t notice this until I poured it in the pan so it was my last step. But I’m guessing it should of been added with the flour. Another note is my cake only needed 20 minutes in the oven but other than that this recipe is flawless! Thank you for your translation of this Brazilian treasure 🙂

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