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Rice Cake (Bolo de Arroz)

A gluten-free, moist, and mildly sweet rice cake, prepared in the kitchen blender, to wish for prosperity. It has a sticky texture while is hot, and a grainy texture once it comes to room temperature -- similar to cornbread.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 26 standard


  • For the rice cake batter:
  • 2 cups RAW white long grain rice or rice flour not parboiled
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk or rice milk or coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • For the icing : optional
  • cups powdered sugar
  • tablespoons fresh lime juice or juice of 1 large lime


  • IN ADVANCE: Soak rice in water for about 8 hours. Then drain the water in a sieve. Skip this step if using rice flour!
  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Grease and flour a standard-size or mini muffin tin (or a 10-inch ring pan if desired) and reserve.
  • Prepare the rice cake batter: Blend oil, sugar and eggs in a blender just until mixture is homogeneous. Add the rice (or rice flour) and milk and blend well until smooth. Finally, add the cheese and baking powder and beat rapidly to mix in.
  • Pour rice cake batter 3/4 full into prepared baking pan and bake for about 13 minutes (mini muffin pan), 18-20 minutes (for standard-size muffin pan) or 35 minutes (medium ring pan), or until a toothpick inserted in the center or close to the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack, run a knife around the edges carefully, and then unmold rice cake(s). YIELD: 52 mini muffins/cakes (ideal to eat at one bite and using chopsticks), 26 standard-size muffins/cakes, or 1 bundt cake.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the icing if desired. Using a whisker, mix the sugar very well with the lime juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Drizzle icing over rice cake(s) and let set. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

In Brazil, rice cake (bolo de arroz) is a coffee cake commonly served without a topping. However, some add a topping such as a citrusy icing or a mixture of sweetened condensed milk and coconut milk.
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