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Bem-casados – Happily Married

15 de June de 2009


Bem-casados (happily married, if it can be translated), are two little sponge cakes filled with dulce de leche, egg curd or jam, and are a must have in any wedding in Brazil. They are individually wrapped in crepe paper and tied with a little bow (oh, so adorable!), and offered in the end of the wedding reception as a favor to the guests. The confection represents the couple together in their new sweet life.

If you’ve ever been to a wedding in Brazil, you probably know how everybody is fascinated about this little cakes. People can do almost anything to go home with as many bem-casados as they can grab (don’t get me wrong, everything is done in a very polite and discreet way). If you look close enough, you will see the most elegant ladies stuffing their golden purses  with the things.  I have a friend who lines his tuxedo pockets with ziploc bags so he can bring the favors home already packaged.

Why all the crazyness about it? Cause they ARE FRIGGIN’ DELICIOUS. So delicious I decided I was not going to wait for the next wedding to have my share of  bem-casados.


Bem-casados (adapted from here) – 35 sandwiches

Individually wrapped, arranged in a box, they make a great father’s day gift. Or just serve them as dessert, with sliced strawberries and ice cream.

  • 4 egg whites
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 7 tbsp all purpose flour



  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water

Preheat oven to 200°C/ 390°F. Butter and dust with flour two large baking sheets.  With a 1 1/2 -inch round cookie cutter, mark circles in the baking sheets, 2 inches apart.

In a bowl, sift flour and baking powder. Set aside.

With the electric mixer, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Still beating, gradually add the sugar, and continue beating until it’s glossy and with firm peaks.  Add the yolks, one at a time, and beat until well mixed. Sift the flour mixture over the eggs, and gently fold with a large rubber spatula. You don’t want to deflate the batter.

Drop teaspoons of the batter on the baking sheets, using the circle marks as your guide, to form round little mounds. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until light golden. Transfer the cakes to a wire rack while they are still hot. Let cool completely.

One the cakes are cold, fill half of them with about a teaspoon of dulce the leche and cover with the other half.


Mix the confectioner’s sugar with the water. Put every bem-casado on a fork and pour the syrup over. Let the excess run and live to dry a bit over a wire rack or silpat before wrap.

Mine were wrapped with cellophane paper, tissue paper and tied with ribbon.

bem-casado-mordida- LOW

13 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 de June de 2009 1:10

    I can see WHY people are lining their pockets with baggies to take them home!!! Yum!

  2. 17 de June de 2009 4:12

    never, ever heard of this bem-casados cookie (love the name). As you, I also think we we should wait for a wedding to enjoy these treats? I will bake them soon. You bet! (hope to find some dulce de leche in Macau)….



  3. wickednoodle permalink
    17 de June de 2009 13:31

    These look absolutely amazing! By the way, DH is still bugging me to make your banana cake – that will likely happen later today!

  4. 18 de June de 2009 17:39

    same here, i’ve never heard of bem-casados before, but it looks very delicious especially with dulce le leche 🙂

  5. 19 de June de 2009 19:56

    The cookies look just like alfajores…are they different? Regardless, they are awakening my sweet tooth!

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      19 de June de 2009 19:58

      These are very soft sponge cakes in miniature size!

  6. 23 de June de 2009 12:41

    oooo .. I love love love them ^^ .. that’s so romantic! I think I’ll have them when I ever get married :-)!

  7. Rosane permalink
    22 de September de 2011 7:09

    That looks so delish!! Are there anymore brazilian treats you know of?

  8. Bianca permalink
    19 de February de 2012 20:06

    There is also a poem that people ussualy attach to this treat, It makes more sense in portuguese ( the rhymes are lost in translation) but it translates like this:
    A Sweet legend.
    The “Happily Married” represents two parts coming together and being sealed by intimacy and mutual respect. Legend has it that anyone who enjoys a “Happily Married”will be blessed with the same luck and happiness as the bride and groom. Just make a wish before the first bite.

  9. Kimberly Navarro permalink
    17 de July de 2014 21:21

    Bianca, can you also please post the poem in Portuguese? I’m having these at my wedding and I want to include the poem in English and in Portuguese! Thanks 🙂


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