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bolo de bolacha biscuit cake decorated with coffee beans

Bolo de Bolacha

Bolo de Bolacha, or Biscuit Cake, is a traditional Portuguese dessert made with Maria biscuit, rich coffee, and buttercream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Portuguese
Keyword bundt cake, coffee, dessert, no bake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Servings 8
Author Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell


  • 20 oz. Maria Biscuits
  • 2 Egg Yolks see note below
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter room temp
  • 1 cup Sweetened Coffee room temp


  • In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter and brown sugar together.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of coffee to mixture
  • Add egg yolks one at time and beat until a smooth consistency is achieved.
  • Set bowl aside.
  • Lightly soak 7 Maria cookies in the remaining coffee and place them on a large round serving platter. Start with a layer of 6 biscuits in a circle shape and a biscuit in the center of the circle.
  • On top of the single layer of cookies, add a layer of the cream icing. Spread it thinly over the Maria biscuits and then make a second layer of Maria biscuits. Repeat this process 3 more times for a total of 5 layers.
  • Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides. Smooth out the top and sides with a spatula. The layer of cream on the sides should be very thin.
  • 10. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours or over night.
  • 11. Before serving garnish with crushed Maria cookies and coffee beans ., optional


Note: This recipe does contain raw egg yolks. If you are worried about consuming raw eggs you can look for pasteurized eggs at your local grocery store. Pasteurized eggs have been treated to kill bacteria and are safe to eat raw.