Rain Cakes (Bolinhos de Chuva)

Bolinhos de Chuva, or Rain Cakes, are a signature treat in Brazilian dessert making. Bolinhos de Chuva are deep fried golden dumplings covered with cinnamon and powdered sugar. They are made without much fuss and only need a couple of simple ingredients like flour, eggs, milk and baking powder. They are perfect for serving with some guests and especially those with a sweet tooth.

*Serves 25-30 Cakes*
2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Oil for frying

1) In a bowl, stir the cinnamon into the 1/2 cup of sugar and it set aside.
2) Now mix the flour, salt and 3 tablespoons sugar together in a separate bowl.
3) Stir in the eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk with a spoon. Add the rest of the buttermilk slowly until the mixture has a very thick consistency. Now stir in the baking powder.
4) In a deep skillet, pour 2 inches of oil and heat to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
5) Now scoop a golf ball sized ball of batter with a spoon and drop it into the oil.
6) Let them cook on by one until golden brown and then place them on a platter with a paper towel to dry.
8) Once done, roll the cakes in the bowl of mixed cinnamon sugar and serve while hot.


  1. rumbie

    I tried these and they were a big hit so i had to make them twice. I tried them again the third time but i used plain flour instead of self raising and they had holes and deflated. Is this because of the flour?

    • Quinton

      If you do not have self-rising flour and the recipe calls for it, you can make your own by combining 1 cup all-purpose flour with 1 teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt.

  2. me and my friend are making these for a social studies project on brazil, hopefully they turn out.

  3. Tammy

    My son made these for a school final and we had to make another batch of them because we ate them all. 4☆s in out book!!

    • Pbicudo1

      Wow that is wonderful to hear! Thank you for your kind words, really glad they come out great! Hopefully his grade ended up being a good one as well.

  4. Can I put these in a fridge or a freezer for two days?

  5. Sheri

    My son and I are making these for his Social Studies project on Brazil. I can’t wait to try them.

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