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How To Make Bolo de Brigadeiro - Sol de Janeiro

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!