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How to Make Brazilian "Everyday" Cake

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Janisa loves eating and experimenting in the kitchen. She enjoys creating new recipes and homemade versions of popular store-bought foods.

Simple to make, appealing appearance and heavenly taste. What more could you ask for?

Simple to make, appealing appearance and heavenly taste. What more could you ask for?

Brazilian Everyday Cake

It's called an everyday cake for a reason. This means that you can choose to make it whenever you want—and most likely won't have to go out to buy any ingredients. It is also quick and simple to make. While it does take a while to bake, preparing the batter takes less than ten minutes, and decorating it afterward can be done in just two minutes. This is a recipe you can use when you don't want to give your guests something store-bought and unoriginal, but at the same time don't have the time and energy to prepare something too complicated. You can also use it to prepare a simple and delicious evening dessert for your children.

A Layered Cake

This variation of the recipe is a tiny bit more complicated, but this is certainly compensated by the taste and appearance. A layered cake looks a lot more like those that you see for sale at your local grocery store, and you can get a moister cake this way. A single-layer cake is the better option when you're in a hurry and/or only have one baking pan at home. Another consideration is that a moist cake may not always be the best option if you are going to transport it to work or to a school bake sale.

Quick Facts

  • Prep Time: 5–10 minutes
  • Baking Time: 30–40 minutes (per layer)
  • Decoration time: 5–10 minutes
  • Makes: 1 30cm x 60 cm cake, Serves 25 (depends on how you cut it)

Required Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tbsp of butter (or margarine)
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of milk (OR 1/2 cup of powdered milk and 1 cup of water)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of baking soda

Optional Ingredients to Make the Cake More Special

You can add some/all/none of these ingredients depending on what you have at hand and what you enjoy.

  • finely grated lemon/orange peel: Add this if you want the cake to have a hint of sour. Some don't like it, while others say that the cake tastes bland without it.
  • juice of one lemon/orange: Similar to the peel it gives the cake a hint of sour. The juice also makes the cake moister and more aromatic.
  • shredded coconut to taste: This is a topping ingredient, but some people like to add some to the batter as well.

Step 1. Making the Batter

  1. Grease the pan with butter/margarine and flour. I was told that flour prevents the cake from sticking to the pan and that is true, but the dry flour sticks to the cake. When making the cake for myself, I use flour when greasing the pan, but not when baking something to sell. Another of this cake's advantages is its size. The pan I use for it is 30 by 60 centimeters. You may consider halving the recipe if you want a smaller cake.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 F (205 C).
  3. Add all ingredients to a large bowl.
  4. Mix with an electric mixer on medium/high for around 15 minutes. The mixture should be very thoroughly blended.

Step 2. Baking the Cake

This is the time to decide if you're going to make a layered cake or just go with the single-layer variation.

For a layered cake, split the batter in two (three) even parts. It helps if you have several pans of the same size or aren't in a hurry. Pour equal amounts of batter into your pans. If you only have one, then pour a third or half into it. Bake each layer for 30–40 minutes or until golden.

For a single layer cake, pour all the batter into your one pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden.

Hot out of the Oven!

You can always eat it 'as is', but in my opinion, that is too boring and tastes bland (if you omit the orange/lemon peel and juice).

You can always eat it 'as is', but in my opinion, that is too boring and tastes bland (if you omit the orange/lemon peel and juice).

Decoration Ingredients

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Shredded coconut
  • Dulce de leche—If you want to spice it up
You can also omit the coconut and just use condensed milk for decorating this simple cake.

You can also omit the coconut and just use condensed milk for decorating this simple cake.

Instructions for Decorating the Cake

For a single layer cake:

  1. Take it out of the oven and let cool for a bit, while you prepare the ingredients.
  2. Take the cake out of the pan.
  3. Spread a layer of sweetened condensed milk (or dulce de leche) over the top of your warm cake. Add another layer and wait for it to soak in. Don't be afraid if your topping runs over the cake's sides. As a general rule, the thicker the layer of sweetened condensed milk (or dulce de leche), the more likely your guests or kids are to like the cake.
  4. Next, generously sprinkle some shredded coconut on top.
  5. Serve right away if in a hurry or let the topping soak in more to give you a moister cake.

For a layered cake:

I often make a two-layered cake, since it's simpler and still tastes great. The instructions are similar if you choose to make a three-layer cake.

  1. Decorate the cake layer by layer and while they're still warm. Pick a layer to be your bottom layer and spread a layer of sweetened condensed milk (or dulce de leche) on it. When making a layered cake, I usually use dulce de leche for one layer and sweetened condensed milk for the other. A thicker layer makes for a moister and more delicious cake, but that depends on your preference.
  2. Repeat the procedure for the top layer. You can let the topping run over the edges—it only makes it look more delicious.
  3. Sprinkle coconut on top of the cake. The sweetened condensed milk (or dulce de leche) will make it stick.
  4. Let the cake absorb the topping or serve immediately.
  5. Brazilians like to have this cake with a cup of coffee.
  6. Enjoy!

Serving Suggestion

Cut it into pieces before or after adding the topping to make sure that each guest doesn't take too much at once!

Cut it into pieces before or after adding the topping to make sure that each guest doesn't take too much at once!

What Did You Think?

© 2018 Janisa

Comments

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 20, 2018:

Hi, Janisa, I think it would be hard for me to get this 'pine extract honey' from my locality. I'll better stick to the lemon jam and other less sweet jams. Thank you.

Miebakagh Fiberesima on August 20, 2018:

Hi, Janisa, I think it would be hard for me to get this 'pine extract honey' from my locality. I'll stick to jam and another less sweet jams. Thank you

Janisa (author) from Earth on August 20, 2018:

@Miebakagh Fiberesima ,

I think it really depends on the honey, a lot of honeys can be way too sweet, especially if you eat them with something that's already sweet. A while ago I bought this 'pine extract honey' and it's less sweet than other honeys and has an amazing aroma. Yes, you can try it with fruit jam, experiment with one you like :)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 19, 2018:

Hi, Janisa, to me honey is too strong and sweet despite the sugars used to make the cake. A good fruit jam, right?

Janisa (author) from Earth on August 19, 2018:

@eurofile

I love simpler recipes too. These aren't only fast to make, but are also good to sell. You may also consider substituting the condensed milk for something else, maybe honey, depending on your preference, if you don't have any on hand.

Janisa (author) from Earth on August 19, 2018:

@Linda Crampton,

Condensed milk and coconut are very common decoration ingredients here in Brazil. Sweetened condensed milk is what makes the cake moister and the coconut makes it more appealing and not sticky to the touch.

Janisa (author) from Earth on August 19, 2018:

@Mary Wickison

I love simple dessert recipes too since they take so less time to make that I don't get a chance to get unmotivated to do it. Making this cake will be especially easy to make for you since ingredients such as coconut and condensed milk, aren't as common or cheap in Canada for example, are so easy to find in Brazil. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

Janisa (author) from Earth on August 19, 2018:

@Miebakagh Fiberesima

I also don't like to buy premade cakes because even if they look beautiful, I will almost always get disappointed by the taste. I also like to know what goes into my cakes. Coconuts are very commonly used to decorate desserts here in Brazil, but I'm not sure about other parts of the world where they aren't as common. I'm very glad that you got a chance to try out this recipe and that you enjoyed it! I'll be posting more delicious recipes soon that I'm sure you'll like :)

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 15, 2018:

Hi, all, I agreed that the recipe is great, the cake delicious, and the ingredients easy to get. I have not heard of coconuts being used to decorate cakes. But as an exercise enthusiast, coconuts in cakes make great foods for joggers and fitness nuts.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 14, 2018:

This looks like a great recipe. I always like the less complex ones with ingredients that are already in the cupboard.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 14, 2018:

I love the decoration ingredients that you've included. I think they would make the cake absolutely delicious!

Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 14, 2018:

Well this is going in my repertoire as I like to make cakes that don't take too many ingredients. I can also easily get these ingredients where I live. Thanks for the recipe.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on August 14, 2018:

Hi, Janisa, I like cakes very much. But I do not like to buy outside, even from reputed bakers. I bake my cakes. I will try your recipe. Thanks