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    How To Make Bolo de Brigadeiro - Sol de Janeiro

    April 25, 2020

    woman in kitchen holding birthday balloons and smiling with a birthday cake in front of her with 5 candles

    Birthdays are a big deal in Brazil - they're filled with singing, dancing, lots of laughter, and of course, all things gostoso (delicious)!

    Our beloved Brazilian Bum Bum Cream turns 5 this weekend, so what better way to celebrate than to bake traditional Brazilian dessert - Bolo de Brigadeiro!

    Camila, Founding Member of Sol de Janeiro, teaches you how to make the most delicious chocolate cake - the Brazilian way! 

    Here's what you'll need to make your own at home:

    Cake Ingredients:
    2 cups - Sugar
    1 cup - Cocoa
    1 3/4 cup - Flour
    1 cup - Buttermilk
    1/2 cup - Vegetable Oil
    1 cup - Coffee
    2 - Eggs
    1 tsp - salt
    1 tsp - Vanilla Extract
    1 tsp - Baking Powder
    1 tsp - Baking Soda

    Brigadeiro Ingredients:
    2 cans - Sweetened Condensed Milk (and equal parts of Heavy Whipping Cream)
    2 tbs - Butter
    6 tbs - Cocoa
    2 - Egg Yolks

    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

    Making the Cake:

    • Put all of your dry ingredients and wet ingredients (minus the coffee) into 2 separate bowls.
    • Sift dry ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until well incorporated.
    • Slowly start to mix in the wet ingredients.
    • Lastly, pour in the coffee and mix until fully combined.
    • Pour mix into a springform pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

    Making the Brigadeiro:

    • Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat.
    • Keep stirring (in order not to scorch the brigadeiro) until the mixture comes to a boil.
    • Once the mixture is thickened into a pudding-like consistency, remove from heat.
    • Pour into a separate bowl, and chill for at least 1 hour.
    • Once your cake is cooled, cut your cake into 2 tiers.
    • Pour half of your brigadeiro on top of the bottom layer (this will be the center filling), and spread evenly.
    • Top with the other cake layer.
    • *Optional (but highly recommended!) - to ensure a very moist cake, pour some milk on top of the top cake portion before pouring on the remaining brigadeiro.
    • Pour the rest of the brigadeiro on top of the cake, and let it cover the sides.

    You're all done, and ready for a celebration!

    We hope you try it at home, and be sure to post and tag us so we can see your delicious Brazilian treat!


    Bom apetite!

    1 Response


    May 06, 2020

    Several people in my office have birthdays close together. this looks like the perfect cake to bake for all of us. Can’t wait to try it.

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