Posted on Monday, November 15, 2021 in Cake Recipes

Madeiran Bolo Preto (Black Cake) Recipe

The Madeiran bolo preto (black cake) also known as bolo da família is one of the best known recipes for regional Madeiran sweets.
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Madeiran Bolo Preto (Black Cake) Recipe


Preparation time 15 min
Cooking Time1 h
Ready In1 h 15 min
Level of DifficultyEasy
Servings8

Ingredients

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
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
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Preparation

  1. Mix the butter, crisco 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

Rosa Avila
Rosa Avila
My mom used to make a cake similar to this one. I’ve been looking to find it for many years. I don’t think she added the raisins and nuts but it did have a cover, not frosting but a liquid. Do you have or know of another similar cake? Thank you, Rosa
1 year ago, Tuesday, November 8, 2022
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Eddy
Hi Rosa, I think your mom's version was probably "Bolo de Mel", "Madeiran Honey Cake".
1 year ago, Tuesday, November 8, 2022
J callahan
J callahan
When do you add the Cris o?
1 year ago, Saturday, October 22, 2022
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Eddy
Step 1, I will update the recipe.
1 year ago, Saturday, October 22, 2022
Isabel
Isabel
I have a family member allergic to nuts can I replace with something else or leave out all together.
2 years ago, Friday, February 25, 2022
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Eddy
I would just leave it out, don't risk it.
2 years ago, Friday, February 25, 2022
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