Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Cake

Brasilianische Brigadeiro-Schokotorte

Brazilians love a proper and decadent dessert. This chocolate cake with Brigadeiro filling (this is a confect), is definitely a calorie bomb. A small woman would probably devour two days of calories or so if eating one piece. I don’t know, but I know that this ain’t healthy or low in calories. I made this cake originally for a birthday of a Brazilian. I used the smallest cake pan I had. Because you won’t be able to eat much more than a tiny piece. This is a cake for all chocolate lovers. Sweetened condensed milk is a staple in Brazilian cuisine, especially in any cake. Brigadeiro is a small ball, made of sweetened condensed milk, butter and other dairy products and cocoa or chocolate. The balls are rolled in chocolate shavings (see pictured below). This chocolate cake has a Brigadeiro filling and frosting. The only difference is that it is slightly looser so that you can use it as a filling or frosting. The whole cake had to be covered in chocolate shavings as well, of course.

Since I am a huge chocoholic, I knew I would have to make this cake at some point. I already have a  few decadent chocolate cakes on my blog. You will find for example Nutella chocolate blueberry cake, this chocolate cheesecake or this chocolate chocolate mousee cake.  I knew I wanted to make a Brazilian version of a chocolate lover’s cake. When a Brazilian friend told me that  there actually is a cake with Brigadeiro filling, I was sold. If you are lazy, you can only make the confect, the Brigadeiros. I would recommend using the amount given for the frosting, otherwise it may be too much. However, when he told me that you usually combine this truffle with a chocolate cake, I was all in. Brigadeiros are made with sweetened condensed milk, so they will remind you a bit of the caramel dulce de leche. So if you like the combination of a moist chocolate cake with caramel, this may be for you.

Brasilianische Brigadeiro-SchokotorteCredit: Priscila Piardi (in Portuguese)

Brazilian Brigadeiro Chocolate Cake

Serves: One 16-18cm/6 inch ∅ cake
Prep Time: 1hr 30min Cooking Time: 45-50min Total Time: 2hr 15min

This decadent Brazilian Brigadeiro chocolate cake requires patience, the chocolate cake comes together quickly, however, making the Brigadeiro filling and frosting requires time.


  • Cake Layers
  • 200 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 160 grams of heavy cream
  • 160 grams of water
  • 6 eggs
  • 160 grams of brown sugar
  • 150 grams of neutral oil (e.g. I had sunflower oil)
  • 320 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 50 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda

  • Filling
  • 640 grams of sweetened condensed milk
  • 320 grams of heavy cream
  • 160 grams of semi-sweet chocolate

  • Frosting
  • 320 grams of sweetened condensed milk
  • 160 grams of heavy cream
  • 80 grams of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 100-150 grams of chocolate shavings for decoration



For the cake layers line two 18cm/6inch cake forms with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Chop the chocolate and melt on low heat or in the microwave. Add the water and heavy cream and stir, set aside.


Beat the eggs and brown sugar in a large bowl for a few minutes until lighter in color and thicker in consistency. Add the oil and chocolate mix and stir until combined. Then add all the remaining ingredients, only mix until combined. Pour evenly into the prepared cake pans and bake for about 45-50min, an inserted toothpick should come out clean. Cool completely and release from cake forms. Wrap tightly and chill until further use.


The filling and frosting are prepared the same way, however, I recommend preparing them separately as otherwise it takes to long. Put the three ingredients in a large pot or even frying pan. Bring to a boil while stirring, lower the heat and let it simmer until it has the consistency of a custard while stirring in between. The first batch took me about half an hour as my pot was pretty small. As a rule of thumb, you are looking at reducing it in about half in volume. Once done, transfer to a bowl, cover and chill for a few hours or overnight. When you do it a second time for the frosting, keep about two tablespoons in the pot, transfer the rest, cover and chill. The part in the pot should simmer for about one to two minutes longer. We will make brigadeiros (the round balls covered in chocolate shavings) from this. Once done, transfer to a small bowl and also chill. Once firm, take out the small bowl, rub your hands in oil and then make small balls the size of walnuts. Cover these in chocolate shavings. These are the famous brigadeiros. We will decorate with them. Chill unter further use.


When assembling, first cut off the domes of the cake layers, then cut in half so that you have four cake layers total. Place the first cake layer on a plate, smear one third of the filling on top, repeat with the second and third layer. Place the fourth layer upside down on top so that you have a straight and even cake. If a bit of the filling came out on the sides or you have a bit of the filling left, smear on the sides of the cake. Chill for an hour or overnight. Then frost the cake. Transfer about three tablespoons of the frosting into a piping bag before you start. Frost the cake with the rest. Once done, cover the sides of the cake with chocolate shavings. Pipe stars all around on the top of the cake with your saved frosting, place the brigadeiros in between (see pictures). Fill the middle of the cake top with chocolate shavings as well. This cake will keep for a few days if chilled and can be frozen.

Brasilianische Brigadeiro-Schokotorte

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  • Reply
    Monday October 31st, 2022 at 11:37 AM

    Ich glaube, alleine vom Lesen und Bilder bewundern habe ich schon 2 Kilo zugenommen. Aber ich würde doch zu gerne mal ein Stückchen deiner Torte probieren. Gerade für einen Schokoholic wie mich sicherlich perfekt.

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      Monday October 31st, 2022 at 11:41 AM

      Es schmeckt sehr gut, aber ich werde die Reste lieber an unsere Nachbarn verteilen, das ist wie du sagst reines Hüftgold.

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    Simone von zimtkringel
    Monday October 31st, 2022 at 05:20 PM

    Uuuuuh, Hüftgold hin oder her, das ist ja eine wahre Schönheit!

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      Monday October 31st, 2022 at 06:19 PM

      Danke für die Blumen!

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    Petra aka Cascabel
    Monday October 31st, 2022 at 08:26 PM

    Mjam, ich liebe Brigadeiros! Aber viel kann man davon nicht essen – und in Kombi mit einer Torte ist das natürlich schon heftig (knapp 1 kg leite condensado *hüstel*) 😉 Aber so ein kleines Stückchen würde ich schon gerne probieren… Die Torte sieht nämlich fantastisch aus.

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      Monday October 31st, 2022 at 08:28 PM

      Und dabei hab ich da schon das Rezept verkleinert! Ich bin sehr froh, dass fast alles weg ist und ich nicht so viel davon gegessen hab, Hüftgold pur. Brigadeiros sind halt Pralinen oder Tüffel, also immer schön langsam 😉

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    Tuesday November 1st, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Die sieht ja unglaublich toll aus und liest sich auch so. Wobei auch ich mit einem winzigen Stück zufrieden wäre.

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      Tuesday November 1st, 2022 at 12:59 PM

      Das wären wir alle, glaube ich. Danke für das Kompliment!

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    Zoe von fluffig&hart
    Tuesday November 1st, 2022 at 04:20 PM

    Die Bilder sehen förmlich nach Hüftgold pur aus, aber ein kleines Stückchen würde ich dennoch gerne probieren. Vor allem Dein Instagram-Video hat mir richtig Lust darauf gemacht.

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      Tuesday November 1st, 2022 at 05:22 PM

      Danke für deine lieben Worte!

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    Thursday November 3rd, 2022 at 05:44 PM

    Ach du meine Güte. Das ist beeindruckend.

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      Thursday November 3rd, 2022 at 05:49 PM

      Lach, nehm ich als Kompliment.

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    Das Mädel vom Land
    Thursday November 3rd, 2022 at 10:30 PM

    Ein Tortentraum … Bin grade auf der Suche nach einem Schokotortenrezept für den Geburtstag meines Sohnes. Ich glaub, bei dir werde ich fündig 🙂
    Alles Liebe!

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      Friday November 4th, 2022 at 11:04 AM

      Schau mal in der Kategorie “Im Schokohimmel”, da wirst du bestimmt fündig!

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    Monday November 21st, 2022 at 06:27 PM

    Hallo Jenny,

    schön das Du dabei bist und die Torte sieht ja sensationell aus.

    Schöne Grüße Volker

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    Britta Koch
    Sunday December 18th, 2022 at 07:06 PM

    Also, eins vorweg: Die Torte sieht fantastisch aus. Wie aus der besten Konditorei der Stadt!
    Aber ich glaube, ich wäre schon mit dem Brigadeiro als solchem überfordert. *lach*

    Liebe Grüße

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      Sunday December 18th, 2022 at 07:26 PM

      Das glaub ich sofort, die Praline ist so schon mächtig genug!

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    Sunday March 26th, 2023 at 10:54 AM

    Ich sag nur WOW!!!!

    LG Wilma

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    Saturday November 4th, 2023 at 12:46 PM

    how does the taste for chocolate filling, does it taste too much sweet? or the taste was ok? Because I think the one can of condensed milk was a lot.

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      Saturday November 4th, 2023 at 04:25 PM

      Hi, this is definitely a calorie bomb, yes. I did reduce the amount of sugar and for me American recipes are way too sweet. It is hard to say because it also depends on what you are used to, but I would say it is OK and I am used to less sugar here in Germany.

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