Brazilian-Style Moist Coconut Cake Recipe -
Brazilian-Style Moist Coconut Cake Recipe
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Brazilian-Style Moist Coconut Cake

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"This coconut cake made from scratch is 'bathed' in a mixture of condensed milk and coconut milk, and sprinkled with coconut flakes. It's a popular cake in Brazil and one of my family's favorites!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9x13 inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    4 hrs


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13-inch pan. Sift together flour and baking powder.
  2. Beat the egg whites to soft peaks, then continue beating while slowly adding the sugar until stiff peaks have formed. Fold in egg yolks until evenly mixed, then fold in the flour mixture alternately with the orange juice. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake cake in preheated oven until the top has turned golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 minutes.
  4. When the cake is done, remove from the oven, and use a fork to poke all over the top of the cake, in 1 inch intervals. In a small bowl, stir together the milk, coconut milk, and sweetened condensed milk. Evenly pour the milk mixture over the cake, then sprinkle with coconut flakes. Chill cake in the refrigerator until cold, about 3 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 23, 2008

This cake can be AMAZING with a few adjustments: I combined this with a few recipes that I translated from Portuguese because my husband is from Brazil and it is his FAVORITE:) I use 2 cups of flour at most. It can get very floury...only 2 cups of sugar instead of 2 and a 1/2, and I add a few drops of vanilla essence to make up for the difference. I like to bake it in two 8 inch round cake pans and poke each layer as a separate cake with a separate topping for layering afterwards. THE KEY IS IN THE MILK MIXTURE: Do not use any regular milk at all! Instead go to a store and buy "condensed milk" or "leite condensado" in the international section of the grocery store. It is much thicker and stickier and will not make your cake so soggy!!!! Mix this with 1/2 the can of coconut milk and it will be enough for two 8 inch rounds for sure. Lastly, be sure to use either fresh coconut shavings or sweetened shavings. The smushier the flakes the better. My husband and all of his Brazilian friends say I make this cake just like it's made by the Brazilian Bakeries and their own Mom's- Give it a shot!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 09, 2011

If this recipe only works when you change around all the ingredients, then it is not a five star recipe. Seems that everybody agrees that it has almost twice as much flour as you really need (minus one star), twice as much sugar (minus another star) and the regular milk is totally not necessary (knock off another star). That might make it a two star recipe, but, in my personal opinion, if you don't add at least a teaspoon of vanilla to the batter, the cake will basically smell and taste like scrambled eggs with sugar and orange juice in them. You need the vanilla to get rid of the overly eggy smell.


12 Ratings

Dec 03, 2010

2/08/2008 4 stars The flavor of this cake is very good but it seems to be there is too much flour. I used only 2 1/2 cups flour and the pastry was heavy. When the cake was done, it has too heavy texture. I used only 1/2 milk mixture because the cake wasn`t be able to absorb all the mixture. Finally, the cake wasn`t moist at the bottom and in the middle. I will definitely make this cake again but with other amount of flour.***UPDATE***I have made this cake for 2 times now with modifications and it turned out fantastic. I used only 1 1/2 or 1 3/4 cup flour and 1,5 cup sugar. The texture was great and fluffy and absorbed the liquid perfectly. As to the milk mixture I followed Tara`s recommendations and used can of sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 can coconut milk. Very good and very delicious cake.

Feb 03, 2011

Great recipe! Everyone loves it. As suggested by some reviewers, I cut the flour down to 1 3/4 cups, and cut the sugar down to 1 1/3 cup. Also added a few drops of vanilla. For the topping, don't use any milk - 1 can of condensed sweetened milk and 1 can of coconut milk is all you need (will be enough for 2 cakes)

Oct 01, 2010

This cake was a big hit among friends and family. I did follow tips from other reviews, and was a success

Oct 24, 2007

Most of my class thought that the recipe was really rich, and it turned out like pudding.

Aug 06, 2008

I love this cake. I made it for my family with a few adjustments. I used fresh coconut. I'm not a huge fan of sheet cakes so I made it in two layers and added a light whipped icing with toasted fresh coconut on top. YUM! This recipe is a keeper. Be careful to drain the excess when soaking the cake to make sure it doesn't come out soggy. This is a must try.

Jul 14, 2009

This is really good, I didn't add the whole mike the second time around and liked it better. This recipe is very time consuming but good. If your sugar mixture is a little in the grainy side before you bake it dosent really matter.


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  • Calories
  • 540 kcal
  • 27%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 90.4 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 65 mg
  • 22%
  • Fat
  • 17 g
  • 26%
  • Fiber
  • 2.5 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 9.9 g
  • 20%
  • Sodium
  • 202 mg
  • 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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