Delicious Maria Biscuit Cake Recipe

The Maria Biscuit Cake is a classic Portuguese dessert that is easy to make and is sure to delight all your guests. It is a light, fluffy cake made with Maria biscuits, which are a type of plain, thin biscuit, similar to a graham cracker. The biscuit is soaked in coffee and layered with whipped cream and custard. The top is decorated with a light caramelized layer of the biscuit. It is a simple yet impressive dessert that can be served at any special occasion.


  • 200g Maria biscuits
  • 400ml espresso coffee
  • 500ml whipped cream
  • 500ml custard
  • 50g butter
  • 2 tbsp sugar


  1. In a bowl, soak the Maria biscuits in the espresso coffee. Let them sit for 10 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the whipped cream until it is thick and creamy.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the custard until it is thick and creamy.
  4. Grease a round cake tin with butter and line it with parchment paper.
  5. Layer the soaked Maria biscuits in the cake tin. Spread the whipped cream over the biscuits and then spread the custard over the whipped cream.
  6. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and sugar over medium heat. Once the butter and sugar are melted and bubbling, pour the mixture over the top of the cake.
  7. Bake the cake in the preheated oven at 180°C for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  8. Allow the cake to cool before serving.


The Maria Biscuit Cake is best served cold. It can be served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream. It can also be served with fresh fruit or a drizzle of chocolate sauce.


  • The Maria Biscuit Cake can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • The cake can also be frozen for up to one month.
  • For a more indulgent version, replace the espresso coffee with a shot of brandy or rum.

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