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Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Cassava cake is a Filipino dessert made from grated cassava (manioc). Here’s a really easy recipe with deliciously rich and creamy custard topping. A perfect dessert for special occasions but also great for coffee or tea time.

Cassava Cake

I have always loved cassava cake even when I was still in the Philippines. But I tend to be a bit choosy with the cassava cakes I eat… because some are too sweet for my taste.

Here in Germany, Cassava cake is also a popular dessert one brings to a potluck whenever we are having a Filipino get-together. Some Pinays I know add ‘Macapuno’ to their cassava cakes which is also good but personally, I like my cassava cake straight and simple. 

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I also reduced the sugar for this recipe as I usually do with my other desserts and sweets recipes because I, for one, do not like it to be overly sweet.  

Cassava Cake Recipe

Back then I would never think of making cassava cake by myself.

I always thought it would require so many ingredients and effort and because it was much easier to buy them as they are quite popular ‘merienda’ or afternoon snack in the Philippines.

But like other things in Germany, I have to make it myself if I want to sample it again or wait for a year or more until we have a vacation again in the Philippines, which is way too long to enjoy this treat especially now that I learned how easy it can be.

Cassava Cake

What is Cassava?

Cassava is a long tuberous starchy root also called ‘Yuca’ or ‘Manioc’ that is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions. When dried to a powdery extract, is called ‘Tapioca’ which is used for making pearls like the one usually seen in your bubble milk tea.  

Cassava Cake, however, uses fresh (or frozen) cassava. Once cooked, the texture of cassava becomes somewhat sticky and slightly translucent.

In the Philippines, cassava is commonly used for such desserts or snacks like Pichi Pichi, Cassava Suman, and Sweetened Cassava. 

You can check my Pichi Pichi recipe, my favorite among these cassava recipes, where I used a lye water substitute made from baking powder and my Cassava Suman which is also quite good.

Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

How to prepare Cassava?

If you are planning to use fresh, raw Cassava, there some steps needed before you can safely eat them. Cassava is often categorized as either sweet or bitter. The latter having said to contain higher cyanide than the sweet variety.

To make cassava safe to eat:

  1. Cut both ends off of the tuber.
  2. Using the sharp tip of a knife, cut a shallow slit along the length of the tuber about 2-3 millimeter deep or as deep as the skin.
  3. Peel off the outer skin by sliding the knife in between the skin and the flesh. If the skin won’t easily peel off then cut it out using the knife.
  4. Wash the cassava flesh thoroughly and discard the water.
  5. If using immediately, grate the cassava using a cheese grater.
  6. You may also freeze the peeled cassava in a sealed plastic bag until ready to use.

Easy Cassava Cake Recipe

Cassava cake is a Filipino dessert made from manioc (cassava). Here is a recipe that really easy to make and with deliciously rich and creamy custard topping. A perfect dessert for special occasions but also great for coffee or tea time.

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Asian, Filipino
Keyword cassava cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 182 kcal
Author Bebs

Ingredients

FOR THE CAKE

  • 1 pack (16 oz) frozen, grated cassava - thawed
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut - (optional)
  • 3/4 can (1 can is 14 oz) condensed milk
  • 3/4 can (1 can is 12.05 fl oz) evaporated milk
  • 3/4 can (1 can is 13.5 fl oz) coconut milk
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks

FOR THE CUSTARD TOPPING

Instructions

  1. Grease pan or baking dish with butter and set aside.
  2. In a big, deep bowl, combine all the ingredients for the cassava cake and mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Pour the mixture into the greased pan or baking dish and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour at 375°F/180°C.
  4. After the cake is baked, combine and mix all the ingredients for the custard in a bowl. Pour this on top of the pre-baked cassava cake and bake for another 15-25 minutes or until it turns golden brown.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

It may be served while still warm but I like it best when it has stayed at least overnight in the fridge.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cassava Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 40mg 2%
Potassium 169mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 14g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 9.1%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Baking dish or pan size for this recipe would be anything that is good for 2 liters like a 9x9x1.5 square or 11x7x1.5 rectangle or something similar.

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Bebs

Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
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  1. Hi Bebs! Is the evaporated milk for the custard 1/4 cup or 1/4 can? Just noticed with the condensed milk and coconut milk, it’s 3/4 can and 1/4 can for the cake and the custard. Thanks.

    1. Hi Peggy, yes it is can. You will need a can each (3/4 +1/4) of evap., condensed and coconut milk for this recipe. Thaks for bringing it up. 🙂

    1. Hi Eve…although I haven’t had the chance (yet) to make cassava cake from fresh cassava, I believe it will not be a problem. Try to use the same amount in the recipe once they are grated. I hope you tell me how it goes.

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