Cavacas – Portuguese Popover Dessert


Cavacas – “Portuguese Popover Dessert”. The taste and texture is similar to a  profiterole with a creamy, sugary glaze over the top.

The origin of the classic dessert in Portugal is unknown but it is a favorite in the Portuguese community for celebrations and Holidays. It’s easy to make and it requires few ingredients.

I’ll always remember a story my sister told me about her friend who was trying to learn how to make this recipe one day. The poor girl was distraught that she had apparently wasted 3 dozens eggs and a whole jar of olive oil in her attempt!

Well, we all know the old saying; “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” You will succeed!

Good luck everyone!



8 x large eggs room temp

3/4 cup olive oil

2  cups sifted all purpose flour

1/4 cup milk (optional for a lighter cavaca)

pinch of  salt

Cooking spray or margarine

olive oil


1  cup confectioner’s sugar

2-3 tablespoons milk

1 tsp crated lemon zest

cavacas 2


Here’s a video from our youtube page for you to follow along with the instructions:

Sift together the salt and flour and set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat the eggs and olive oil for about 5 minutes.

Add the flour mixture and beat for at least 15 – 20 minutes until the batter has reached a light creamy consistency. Note: Add milk and blend in gently.


 Grease popover or large muffin tins with cooking spray or margarine then with about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil to each section. Fill each cup 1/2 full with batter.

Cook at 350 degrees F. for  45- 50 minutes. Cook longer if you want a harder and crustier popover. *Do not open the oven or the cavacas will collapse! 🙁

In a small bowl make the icing by combining the confectionery sugar, and the lemon zest with milk until It reaches a smooth consistency. Taste and add more lemon zest if you prefer a lemony icing.

*If you find the icing too thick add milk, it it’s to soft add more sugar.

Gently remove from oven so the center does not collapse. Let the popovers cool a few minutes in pan before removing.

Drizzle the icing over the Cavacas when slightly cooled. Enjoy!

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