Ube Macapuno Cake

Ube Cake

Cake week, Day 4: Ube Macapuno Cake. Yay! Itโ€™s been 2 years since I started this blog and thanks to you guys for all your support, without you I would not be able to reach this stage. Now the best way to celebrate this day like any other occasions is to have a cake, that is why we shared different cake recipes for 4 days already. The best cake for this occasion is a type of cake that is very Filipino, the Ube cake.

Philippine cuisine might be popular with rice cakes but we do have some baked cakes as well like this one. Ube macapuno cake or purple yam and young coconut sport cake is a sponge cake made out of purple yam and macapuno. It is easily distinguished due to its vibrant violet colour. A very popular cake in Philippines where it is available in almost all bakeshops. A really good cake with a very soft texture and mildly sweet and creamy flavour due to the macapuno. Give it a shot if you havenโ€™t tried it yet and you’ll be surprised how irresistible this yam cake brings.

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Again, thanks guys for staying with me for the last two years!

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Ube Macapuno Cake 4

Ube Macapuno Cake

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino



Ube Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (If you dont have cake flour you can use normal flour but in 1 cup of flour you discard 2 tbsp of flour and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch)
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup ube (purple yam), cooked and finely grated
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 7 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • red food colouring
  • blue food colouring

Whipped Cream Filling


  • 2 jars macapuno (young coconut sport)
  • candied cherries


  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, set this aside.
  2. In a large bowl place grated ube, milk, maple syrup, egg yolks, oil and vanilla, mix well.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the ube mixture until it forms a smooth batter.
  4. In a mixing bowl beat egg whites with cream of tartar until it forms stiff peaks. Gradually add sugar while mixing; also add the food colouring by alternating red and blue to achieve a deep purple colour.
  5. Fold half of the egg white mixture into the batter then once evenly mixed add the remaining egg white mixture.
  6. Grease four 9 in pans then pour in the batter divided equally, bake in a 165C preheated for 30-35 minutes (you can use a toothpick to pierce the middle part to test if it’s fully cooked when it comes out dry)
  7. Remove pans from oven then let it cool for at least 2 hours.
  8. Remove from the pan then set aside.
  9. Get 1 cake then crumble it using a food processor or by hand, set this aside.
  10. Prepare 2 large aluminium bowls, place a dozen ice cubes in the first bowl then stack the other aluminium bowl on top. Add the cream on the top bowl and whip the cream until slightly thick, add vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Do not over-beat, otherwise it will become lumpy. Set aside
  11. Place 1 cake on cake stand then spread cream on top; add half of the first macapuno jar contents.
  12. Layer 1 cake on top then spread cream on top then, add the remaining contents of the first macapuno jar.
  13. Layer the remaining cake on top then spread the remaining cream on the sides of the cake. Press crumbled ube cake on the sides and letting it cling on the cream.
  14. Pour the second jar of macapuno on top of the cake then decorate with candied cherries. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.


Ube Cake 2-Edit


41 Responses

  1. Congratulations on your 2 year Blogoversary! It has been great tagging along for the ride. I look forward to the next year. Gorgeous looking cake – great way to celebrate.
    ๐Ÿ™‚ Mandy

  2. nors says:

    Pre, pang bakeshop na yan ha. Happy annoversary sa angsarap!!!

  3. Medeja says:

    looks really great! I would start picking those cherries from the top ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Congratulations. I’ve heard of ube but never tried it, I hope one day soon I will. I’ve eaten regular yam but I presume that is quite different from this ube version

  5. Kristy says:

    I’ve never seen yam used in a cake before – it looks very unique. And I’d no doubt love the frosting! Congratulations on two years of blogging Raymund! I’m happy to have found your blog and look forward to many more years!

  6. At first I thought, “wow, a Black Forest!” – and then I realized, it’s purple and has coconut on top! What a seriously cool cake! Congrats on the milestone, too. Just to let you know, yesterday I awarded you the “Versatile Blogger” award – thank you so much for your support to-date as well!

    BTW, not sure what the deal is w/ the comment form, but it wouldn’t let me post and kept saying my email address was linked to a WP.com or gravatar account and to log in here? It’s never done this before – you may wanna look into that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Happy anniversary! What a great way to celebrate another milestone. I’m sure, things will only get better for you and your blog Raymund!

  8. Judy says:

    That looks amazing–cakes made with vegetables and fruits are always very moist. Happy Anniversary, fellow blogger, your site just gets better and better. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Eri says:

    Happy Birthday Ang Sarap!
    I wish that you will continue sharing these lovely recipes for many many years!
    Beautiful Cake!

  10. Caroline says:

    Wahooo happy 2 year anniversary, that’s awesome!! Never tried this kind of cake, but you sure make it look delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. This looks incredible and I bet it tastes incredible too! I guess I will know soon enough when I make it for my family that will be visiting this weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    Grandma Kat

  12. Judith Arcansalin says:

    The ube cake looks moist and really delicious.
    Can I use powdered ube like Giron’s instead of the cooked ube.
    If I can, how much of the powdered ube is equivalent to the 1 cup of
    cooked yam?


  13. Happy Birthday to ur blog.
    This cake look special to me ๐Ÿ˜‰

  14. rotinrice says:

    Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary and many, many happy returns! I have heard so much about the ube and wonder if it is the same as purple sweet potatoes. The cake looks amazing and I am sure tastes amazing too!

  15. congrats on the blog anniversary! It seems like you’ve been doing it for years, and I’m constantly impressed by your recipes and photos. I wish I knew where to find a cake like this!

  16. sierralei says:

    OH MY GOSH, THIS TAKES ME TO MY CHILDHOOD! i’m from the pacific islands, from saipan which is a 3 hour plane ride from the PI! wow!

  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Happy 2nd Blogiversary! Wow 2 years! I missed your first year completely and it’s such a shame! But not any more!

    I just learned “ube” means purple yam yesterday. Hmmmm this cake is like totally Asian style and I love it!

  18. samology says:

    oh wow!! This certainly looks like the Filipino Blackforest! haha.. I’ve only had ube rolls before but never came across ube cake. hehe.. Looks delicious! And I looooove macapuno strings! They’re soooo good! Although I love the jam even better and having it with pandesal. hehehe

  19. Thanks for sharing your recipes with us for two years Ray ! Congratulations, and that cake is the yummiest way to celebrate.

  20. Congrats on your 2nd Anniversary! Love the use of purple yams in the recipe.

  21. foodjaunts says:

    Congratulations on 2 years! So exciting.

    I had totally forgotten about this cake – bookmarked so I can make this soon and surprise my family ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. cousin always look forward to arriving in Philippines and loving violet ice cream or violet cake like this one.. Your cake looks great.

  23. Congrats on 2 years Raymund! Sorry I’ve missed the actual day… The cake looks fabulous, I’ve been intrigued by all of the ube cakes and ice creams here in the Philippines and so today I am going to try some! I’ll leave the baking for when I get home.

  24. Iyhene says:

    Hi there, can I use ube halaya instead of just plain cooked yam?

  25. Kristinah says:

    Ano po ung cream of tartar?

    • rsmacaalay says:

      Its a white powder usually found in baking section in the supermarket. What it does in this recipe is that it activates the baking powder making it more effective

  26. winnie mundell says:

    Am anxious to try making it, but where can I buy fresh ube in the US? Do supermarkets sell them?

  27. rabeya says:

    Hi!!! Can i use light corn syrup instead of maple syrup?thanks

  28. Irene says:

    Isn’t there purple yam in a jar? Can I use that?

  29. Yain says:

    I made cupcakes out of this recipe and it was a hit! Thanks for sharing your recipe…

  30. Vic C says:

    What does โ€œcooked โ€ be mean? Does that mean peeled and boiled or baked in the oven?

    • Raymund says:

      Cooked means either boiled, steamed or baked. Baked would yield a tastier ube while boiling will be the fastest to cook. Once cooked then peel them. Up to you which cooking method you prefer.

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