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Christmas Portuguese Queen Cake Recipe | Bolo Rainha

Christmas Portuguese Queen Cake Recipe | Bolo Rainha
Evangeline Howarth
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A favourite from our European team is this healthy twist on a Portuguese Christmas classic – the Bolo Rainha. Packed with almonds, walnuts and pine nuts for a delicious crunch and shiny sultanas, this cake is sure to take centre stage in your Christmas spread this year.

If you’re looking for a Christmas cake alternative that’s alcohol-free and takes a tenth of the time, then the Portuguese Queen Cake is certainly going to leave your guests satisfied this season.

Serves 16


  • 500g flour
  • 20g instant yeast
  • 100ml warm milk
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 100g 100% Coconut Oil
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Orange zest
  • Handful of almonds
  • Handful of walnuts
  • Handful of pine nuts
  • Handful of sultanas
  • Icing sugar


1. First, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and leave for 10 minutes.

2. Then in a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, eggs, coconut oil and orange zest, then work in the yeast mixture.

3. Knead the mixture well, until you get a consistent dough. Then add the nuts and sultanas, working them into the dough so that they’re spread evenly throughout.

4. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and leave the dough to rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours).

5. After the necessary time is up, shape the dough into a ring, place on a baking tray and brush with egg yolk, then bake for 30 minutes at 180°C.

6. Let rest for 10-15 minutes once out of the oven, dust with icing sugar, then slice and serve!

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Nutritional info per serving:

Total Fat11g
Total Carbohydrates36g

Evangeline has taken part in competitive sports since a young age. As a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor, she understands the importance of proper nutrition for fuelling extreme and endurance sports, especially due to her experience in Team GBR Squads and captaining and coaching her University first team.

In her spare time, Evangeline loves running – especially marathons. On the weekends, you’ll find her taking on water sports or hiking up a hill. Her favourite evenings are spent taking on a HIIT session or squats in the gym before digging into some spicy food and a ton of vegetables – yum!

Find out more about Evie's experience here.