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bolos de arroz

Bolos De Arroz ( Portuguese Rice Cakes)

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Bolos de arroz are popular gluten free Portuguese Azorean rice cakes that can be found in every Portuguese bakery. These Portuguese rice cakes are sweet and buttery with a hint of lemon and vanilla. Moist and delicious our sweet rice muffins resemble tall cupcakes with a sugary crisp top that is so good.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Gluten Free
Cuisine Azorean, Brazilain, Portuguese
Servings 10 pieces
Calories 110 kcal


  • 2 cup rice flour 240 grams
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 15 grams
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder 8 grams
  • 1 cup sugar 200 grams
  • 1 cup milk 240 grams
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter 80 grams
  • 2 large eggs 100 grams
  • 1 egg yolk 20 grams
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3 grams
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 2.5 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 15 grams for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350F (180C) and place rack in middle position.
  • Line deep baking rings or muffin pans with bolos de arroz liners or you can use tulip cups or cut strips of parchment paper by 3 inches in height and 8 inches in length and curl into a cylindrical shape and place into muffin pans.
  • In a medium size bowl, add the rice flour, baking powder, salt and whisk together.
  • In a large bowl, add the butter and sugar and mix together using a hand mixer on medium high speed until smooth about 2-3 minutes. You can also use a planetary mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • Pour in the milk, lemon juice, lemon zest and flour mixture and mix until batter is smooth and well incorporated.
  • Fill each muffin cup about half way.
  • Sprinkle the tops with sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes. To see if cupcakes are baked, tap the top it should be slightly firm and spring back.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 20 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!
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