Cassava Cake Recipe – A Root Vegetable Cake Recipe

Cassava Cake Recipe – Among the different Filipino desserts you can try, you’ll find a selection that features a root vegetable. The most popular root vegetable you’ll find in Filipino desserts is ube a.k.a purple yam. Another root vegetable you can use is cassava. Cassava is a root vegetable that you usually see used in savory dishes. In Filipino cuisine, there is a dessert that uses it. That dessert is Cassava Cake. Cassava Cake is a popular sweet snack that consists of grated cassava, coconut milk, and condensed milk with a custard layer on top. There is also one variation where you can enjoy cheese as an extra topping. If you are interested in trying out this unique cake, this is one Cassava Cake Recipe to try:

cassava cake recipe

Cassava Cake

A sweet and moist cake that's bright in color and features grated cassava, and sometimes, cheese.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 packs grated cassava (about 2 lbs total weight)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup canned evaporated milk (12 oz. canned evaporated milk)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 6 tbsp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 14 tbsp granulated white sugar

Ingredients for the Topping

  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 cups coconut milk


Instructions for the Cake Batter

  • Preheat your oven for 350 degrees F for 10 minutes.
  • Grease a baking pan and set it aside.
  • Add the grated cassava, butter, 1/2 cup condensed milk, 1/2 cup evaporated milk, 6 tablespoons cheddar cheese, 14 tablespoons sugar, and 2 eggs into a mixing bowl and mix them until they're well combined.
  • Pour 2 cups of coconut milk into the bowl and stir it into the mixture.
  • Once the mixture has turned into a batter, pour it into a greased baking tray.
  • Bake the batter for 1 hour. You can check if it's ready by poking the center with a toothpick and seeing if it comes out clean. When the cake is ready, pull it out of the oven and set it aside to cool.

Instructions for the Topping

  • Heat up a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of sugar and flour. Stir until the ingredients are well combined.
  • Pour-in 1/2 cup condensed milk then mix thoroughly.
  • Add 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese while stirring constantly.
  • Pour 2 cups of coconut milk and stir constantly for 10 minutes

Instructions for Constructing the Cake

  • Pour the topping over the Cassava Cake and spread evenly.
  • Separate the yolk from the egg white of the remaining egg,
  • Glaze the topping with the egg white using a basting brush. Simply dip the brush to the egg white and brush it on the cassava cake.
  • Set your oven to broil mode. Broil the Cassava cake until color turns light brown.
  • You have the option to add grated cheese for extra topping before serving it fresh.

Other Notes on a Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake falls under the Filipino dessert category known as bibingka. This category refers to traditional baked cakes such as Taisan, a Filipino chiffon cake with cheese on top. When it comes to making cassava cake, you can end up with different textures depending on the amount of grated cassava used. If you want a softer and moist cake, you’ll want to use lesser cassava. Should you add more cassava content, you get a firmer and chewier result. Aside from different textures, you can try out different toppings, such as grated coconut.

If you are interested in trying out other Filipino desserts, check out our “Pichi Pichi Cassava Recipe” and “Filipino Cheese Cupcakes” .

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