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The Madeiran bolo preto (black cake) also known as bolo da família is one of the best known recipes for regional Madeiran sweets.
Preparation time:
15 min
Cooking Time:
1 h
Ready In:
1 h 15 min
Level of Difficulty:

Madeiran Bolo Preto (Black Cake) Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Madeiran Bolo Preto (Black Cake) Recipe

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Posted in: Cake Recipes
Mon, Nov 15, 2021
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500g or 4 cups of flour500g or 2 and 1/2 cups of sugar1/2 cup of molasses3 eggs1 stick of butter (1/2 cup)1 stick of Crisco (vegetable shortening)1/2 cup of Madeira wine or Port wine1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves1 teaspoon of baking soda1 teaspoon of baking powder3/4 cup of raisins3/4 cup of nutsZest from one orange * Get Portuguese ingredients & stuff Get Portuguese ingredients and other stuff at Amazon.com

This site uses US measurements.


  1. Mix the butter and sugar until combined, add the eggs, wine and mix some more.
  2. In a different bowl, mix the cinnamon, cloves, baking soda, and baking powder with the flour.
  3. Add the raisins, nuts and orange zest.
  4. Mix the flour mixture with the butter and sugar mixture.
  5. Pour into a greased with butter and dusted with flour deep cake pan.
  6. Add some raisins and nuts on top for decoration. 
  7. Bake in the oven at 180°C or 350°F for 1 hour.
  8. Toothpick will come out dry when ready.
Recipe Credit: bakingwithfriends.com
Photo Credit: blog.madeira.best


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