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Brazilian Recipes – Bolo de Banana Posted by on Jun 22, 2011 in Food

My mom, as well as many other Brazilian moms, have a mania (pronounced mah-knee-ah, NOT may-knee-ah), or habit, of seeing fruit that’s going bad and turning it into something it can become while going bad… So as not to waste it. I realized this past weekend that I’m starting to develop the saammee habit. Sunday morning, as I was eating breakfast, I realized someone had hidden a few bananas deep into our fruit/bread/anything really basket and they didn’t look too appetizing. So I looked into our cabinets and fridge, and realized I had ingredients to bake a banana cake! And I did… I found a great little Bolo de Banana recipe online and added my own adaptations and it came out pretty good!


Here’s the recipe I used with Brazilian names and measurements and all, and then the English speaking/American version –

Bolo de Banana da Poly 🙂


  • 1 xícara (chá) de açúcar
  • 2 xícaras (chá) de farinha de soja (mas pode usar de trigo também!)
  • 1 xícara (chá) de leite
  • 1 colher (sopa) de fermento em pó
  • 5 colheres (sopa) de margarina
  • 2 ovos grandes
  • 4 bananas cortadas em fatias
  • açúcar e canela para polvilhar

Modo de Preparo

  1. Misture bem o açúcar, a farinha, a margarina, o ovo, o leite, o fermento, e uma das bananas com uma colher em uma vasilha média
  2. Coloque a massa numa forma untada com margarina e polvilhada com farinha de trigo
  3. Por cima, distribua as bananas cortadas
  4. Finalize polvilhando bastante açúcar com canela
  5. Leve para assar em forno médio por 20-30 minutos

Poly’s Banana Cake 🙂


  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups soy flour (but you can use wheat flour too! We’re just on a “healthier options diet” at home)
  • 2/3 cups milk (can be 2% or whole… anything less might not work out too well)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 5 tablespoons of margarine
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 bananas cut in slices
  • sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle on cake


  1. Mix the sugar, flour, margarine, eggs, milk, baking powder and one of the bananas in a medium bowl
  2. Place the mix in a baking pan that has been greased with margarine and powdered with flour
  3. Distribute the bananas over the mix in the pan, covering the entire cake
  4. Finish by powdering sugar and cinnamon (preferably mixed beforehand), to taste, over the bananas
  5. Cook on medium heat in the over for 20-30 minutes (my oven’s really small, so it was ready in 20 minutes!)

If you try it and like it, let me know!! Maybe I’ll post more “uh-oh, my fruit’s going bad” recipes here soon if you do!

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  1. rami:

    Wonderful way to learn more portuguese words.
    Keep it on
    I love the style, I’ll ask my brazilian wife to
    Do it for me.


  2. Andrea Marinho-Phillips:

    Obrigada Polyana…vou tentar essa receita agora mesmo, quero aproveitar umas bananas ja muito maduras.


  3. Renata:

    Simply delicious and super easy to make! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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