Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bolo De Coco - Brazilian Coconut Cake

Two of my baby sisters took off early this month to go serve as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are both headed to Brazil, and I couldn't be more proud of them.

I made this Brazilian cake for them before they left. It was out of this world - a coconut lover's dream! I had actually never tried it before, but combined a few recipes I found online and added in my own little twist - and it turned out perfect!

The cake is made up of a regular, lightly sweetened cake and then soaked in a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk.

Bolo de Coco - Brazilian Coconut Cake

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs - separated into 3 whites and 3 yolks
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup (about 1/2 can) coconut milk or coconut cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

2 cups shredded coconut

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Lightly grease two 9-inch round pans. (Or make it a single layer in a 9x13)
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, stir extracts into OJ.
  3. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then gradually add in sugar until stiff peaks have formed. Fold in egg yolks.
  4. Gently alternate folding in flour mixture and OJ. 
  5. Pour batter into pans.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes until golden brown. (40-45 for 9x13)
  7. Remove from oven and use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the cake, about 1-inch apart.
  8. Mix together coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and almond extract. Evenly pour over the cakes, and then sprinkle with shredded coconut. 
  9. Let child until cold, at least 4 hours. If desired, remove cakes from pan, stack - and sprinkle with more shredded coconut.

Gracie is headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Olivia is going to Florianopolis, Brazil.

We will miss them!


  1. Minha incrível filhas.

    ♥ Mama

  2. That's so cool my best friends 2 sons left last week to serve in Brazil too. Good luck to your new missionaries too.



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