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 9×13)
  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 9×13)
  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!
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  1. Ana Carolina says

    This cake is part of the memories of a entire kid´s generation, like me, at the 80´s. It´s call “Bolo gelado”, when it was sliced in squares, packed in aluminium fold and kept in the fridge. A classic in a kid´s party those days!!! It´s also called “Toalha felpuda”, but this name is more antique and refers to to cake without being cut.
    I love untill today and remember my 5 years party!!
    Liked to see this here

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