Bolo de mel

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Bolo de mel
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Alternative namesBolo de cana de mel
Place of originPortugal
Region or stateMadeira
Created bySanta Clara nuns
Main ingredientsFlour, sugar, butter or margarine, lard, molasses or honey, walnuts, almonds, spices

Bolo de mel (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈbolu ðɨ ˈmɛɫ], "honey cake") is a traditional cake from the Madeira Islands.


This cake is considered to be Madeira's oldest dessert. First noted in the 15th century using spices from Europe and India. First created by nuns in the Convent of Santa Clara in Funchal.[1]


The bolo de mel cake became a popular confection when the island was an important sugar producer, since the cake itself is traditionally made with molasses instead of the now-popular honey, which meant it could be stored for up to 5 years.[citation needed] When made with molasses, the cake is very dark in color and has a spongy sticky texture resembling a soft cookie. The cake often has walnuts and almonds mixed within it. When it is served in Madeira, it is customary not to cut the cake, but rather to tear pieces off using the hands.[citation needed]

Bolo de mel is traditionally made around the 8th December so that it will be consumed during Christmas often in a large enough batch that it can be enjoyed throughout the year.[2]

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  1. ^ "Bolo de Mel-da-Madeira". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Bolo de Mel". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-20.