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This Portuguese caramel cake recipe (receita de bolo de caramelo) makes a delicious cake, enjoy.
Preparation time:
15 min
Cooking Time:
1 h
Ready In:
1 h 15 min
Level of Difficulty:

Portuguese Caramel Cake Recipe - Portuguese Recipes

Portuguese Caramel Cake Recipe

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Posted in: Cake Recipes
Tue, Dec 5, 2017
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3/4 cup of sugar3/4 cup of heavy cream3/4 cup of milk1 cup of butter at room temperature6 large eggs1 and 1/4 cups of sugar2 cups of flour1 tablespoon of baking powder5 tablespoons of grated dry coconut1 high cake form, previously greased with butter and dusted with flourTopping:1 can of cooked condensed milk, about 1 3/4 cups2 to 3 tablespoons of instant coffee3 tablespoons of heavy creamCoffee beans to decorate Get Portuguese groceries & stuff Get Portuguese groceries and other stuff at Amazon.com

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  1. On a small pan, add about 1/4 cup of water and the 3/4 cup of sugar.
  2. Stir and boil until it reaches the caramel point.
  3. When the caramel is very dark, turn off the heat.
  4. Carefully add the cream, stir and finally add the milk and let it cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, put the butter (chopped into pieces) and the 1 cup of sugar and beat until it becomes very creamy.
  6. While beating, seperate the egg yolks from the whites and add the egg yolks one by one to the cream.
  7. Gradually and alternately, add the caramel, grated coconut, flour and baking powder and beat until everything is well mixed.
  8. In another bowl, beat the egg whites and carefully add them to the cake dough and put the dough in the cake form.
  9. Preheat oven to 165ºC and bake for 1 hour.

For the topping:

  1. Put the condensed milk and coffee in a bowl and beat at full speed for 2 minutes.
  2. After that, add the 3 tablespoons of cream and beat a little more until the cream is homogeneous.
  3. Store the cream in the refrigerator.
  4. After 1 hour, make sure the cake is cooked with a toothpick and remove it.
  5. Unmold and allow it to cool.
  6. Once the cake is cold, cover it with the topping and decorate to taste with the coffee beans.
Recipe & Photo Credit: Neuza Costa, SaborIntenso.com *


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