Ube Cakes: A Loved Sweet Treat You Probably Never Heard Of

Jill Caren

Ube is a purple yam from the Phillipines that makes for a perfect sweet treat from cupcakes to cheesecakes.

Categories Desserts

An ube cake is a delightful Filipino treat made with purple yam, known as ube, This colorful yam originates from Southeast Asia.

Ube cakes are typically moist, fluffy, and packed with a delicious ube flavor. They can be topped with ube whipped cream frosting and garnished with dried ube crisps for an authentic Filipino touch.

Ube cakes are popular in Asian-American cuisine and have become a trendy dessert choice due to their unique flavor and vibrant purple color.

The cakes are made using ingredients like ube halaya jam, ube extract, flour, sugar, eggs, oil, and baking powder to create a delightful treat that captures the essence of Filipino cuisine

Ube Cake History

While the exact history of the ube cake is not clear, it does trace back to a beginning in the Phillipines. Ube, a vibrant purple yam, is a beloved ingredient in a variety of Filipino cuisine. Ube cakes are a modern twist on traditional Filipino desserts like ube halaya, which is a sweet purple yam jam.

Recipes for ube cakes and desserts often involve using ube extract or ube halaya to infuse the cakes with the distinctive taste of ube. This is because ube can be hard to find in the U.S. If you are located in an area with Asian supermarkets you may find them there.

Ube cakes have become a trendy dessert choice, offering a delightful blend of flavors and textures that appeal to a wide audience. The evolution of the ube cake showcases how traditional ingredients like ube have been creatively incorporated into contemporary baking practices, resulting in a delicious and visually appealing treat enjoyed by many.

Below are a few ube cake recipes to inspire you. These cakes are absolutely gorgeous, and the options for flavor blends seems limitless.

White Chocolate Ube Cake With Coconut Cream

ube cake with white chocolate coconut
Women Scribbles

This stunning cake from Woman Scribbles is sure to amaze guests. The purple ube cake is offset by layers of white chocolate coconut cream which delivers a power punch of flavors.

Ube Cupcakes

ube cupcakes with ube buttercream
Food is a Four Letter Word

This recipe is from Food is a Four Letter Word and features ube flavor extract and ube yam spread. The jam gives the cupcakes a more moist and fluffy look and feel.

You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to using ube! One baker in Seattle actually made this stunning ube cheesecake.

ube cheesecake
Rachael Ludwick / Flickr

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