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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bolo Formiga ( Coconut/Chocolate Cake)

I haven't posted anything in a while, I have been on vacation and doing a whole bunch of nothing. One would think that with more time in my hands I would post more, but it turns out the less you do the less you want to do! Anyways, yesterday some Brazilians friends and I had a small get together and I brought one my favorite cakes from my childhood, bolo formiga ( which translates into Ant Cake because the sprinkles on top look like ants are crawling on it). I decided to bake it on a bundt pan to look pretty, and it was, but it was also too heavy for that pan. Next time I will stick to a regular 9x13.


4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of flour
1 cup of milk
1 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup chocolate sprinkles
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 cup butter

Ingredients for the Frosting:

1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 can milk ( I use the condensed milk can for measuring)
1/2 chocolate powder ( I use Nesquik)
1/4 cup butter

Directions for  the cake:

Beat eggs and sugar until creamy. Add flour and milk alternating them, starting and ending with the flour. Beat well. Then stir in coconut, chocolate sprinkles, and baking powder. Bake at 350F on a greased and floured pan for about 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove cake from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Directions for frosting:

In Brazil this frosting is called brigadeiro, and is something that everybody grows up learning how to make, as it is a staple dessert made very often. It can be eaten alone, as frostings, fillings, flavored with fruit....the possibilities are endless. It actually deserves its own posting, I will work on that.

Back to the directions: put all the ingredients on a pot over medium-high heat and stir it non-stop for about 30 minutes, until it resembles pudding consistency and feels "spreadable"

Pour the frosting on top of the cake, top generously with chocolate sprinkles and enjoy!


  1. Oi Cecília!
    Sou amiga da sua prima Olivia, ela me mostrou o seu blog, muito bom, adorei! E já que você gosta tanto de cozinhar, vi num programa de televisão outro dia uma receita de bolo de chocolate com recheio de mousse de maracujá, parecia uma delícia e resolvi fazer pra levar no almoço de natal da minha família!!! Ficou muito gostoso, você deveria experimentar!!! Vou te enviar o link do site com a receita, porque tem também um vídeo que ensina a fazer! Enviei pra Olivia também, já que agora ela está adorando ser uma cozinheira! :D
    Depois me conta se deu certo!

  2. Pena que eu não posso...

  3. Obrigada Camila! Eh um pouco dificil encontrar maracuja por aqui mas assim que tiver eu faco e te conto.