Cavacas/Portuguese Popovers


Last week I was tempted by another Azorean Green Bean  recipe…this time for CAVACAS.
I have loved these pastries for a long time and have bought them at the local Portuguese bakeries but have never had the opportunity to make them myself. I am going to be honest and tell you that I always thought they must be difficult to make since they are airy, large and so puffy…I had no idea how to make them until Azorean Green Bean posted the recipe on Facebook .

To my surprise they were super EASY to make and it was an even bigger surprise when I saw how amazing they came out and how TASTY!!  

Cavacas/Portuguese Popovers

Yield: 24


  • 2 Cups of flour
  • 1 Cup of oil
  • ½ Cup of milk
  • 8 eggs at room temperature
  • Sugar Glaze:Whisk together…
  • 2 Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar,
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of Milk (more or less depending on the thickness you like)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease regular size muffin tins or popover tins.
  2. Using an electric mixer beat all ingredients for 20 minutes without stopping, Maria recommends using a stand mixer set on level 6.
  3. Once the ingredients have been mixed for 20 minutes fill the muffin or popover tins half full (no more than that).
  4. Bake on the middle rack for about 45 minutes; if you want the CAVACAS to be on the dry side bake for 1 hour. They will turn a golden color and “popover“ the pans.
  5. While they are still warm dip in the sugar glaze or drizzle glaze over the
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This is how they look when they come out of the oven…they literally pop out of the tins. 
You know I had to have one right away with a cup of coffee…
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