Cassava Cake with Banana and Chocolate Drizzle

So, I’ve always been a fan of cassava cakes. Cassavas are cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and thus are very popular in Southeast Asia. It almost feels like cassava cakes have conquered a special place in the hearts of people living in the tropics. They go by many names and are usually made with coconut milk. In Singapore and Malaysia, cassava cakes are known as “Kuih Ubi Kayu”. In Indonesia, cheese is usually added to “Kue Singkong”. In Vietnam,  “Bánh khoai mì nướng” are almost always free of eggs! Fijian Cassava cakes are sometimes infused with mashed bananas. And the list could go on and on with the other tropical countries.


The one I’m going to post about today though, is the Filipino version which, in addition to coconut milk, usually also comprises of evaporated milk, condensed milk, shredded cheese and macapuno strings. As some of you know, I’m a big fan of Filipino cuisine and the Pinoy Cassava Cake is no exception! One of my favourite bloggers, Raymund, of Ang Sarap posted his mum’s Cassava Cake recipe. He called it the “soft and chewy” version. It instantly won my vote. Please also check out Ang Sarap, as Raymund takes you on a culinary journey around the world! His blog is especially rich with mouth-watering Filipino cuisines!!

UPDATE: I’ve made this recipe at least 6 times now because it’s so DELICIOUS that I’ve gotten several orders for it from my co-workers!! It’s definitely a MUST-TRY!!!

P.S. I find that this cake bakes best in aluminum foil pan instead of the regular non-stick bakeware coated with Teflon. Those disposable aluminum foil pans prevent the sides of the cake from being burnt.

Filipino-Style Cassava Cake

adapted with minor changes from Ang Sarap's Cassava Cake


1kg grated cassava
1 1/2 large can coconut milk  (500ml per can)
1 large can evaporated milk  (400ml per can)
1/2 can condensed milk  (300ml per can)
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup brown sugar
1 bottle macapuno (Coconut Sport) (I substituted with 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut)

Topping

1/2 large can coconut milk
1/2 can condensed milk
2 tbsp flour (substitute with tapioca flour to make gluten-free)
2 tbsp sugar
2 egg yolks, beaten

Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg and then combine the rest of the Cassava Cake ingredients; mix thoroughly until it is even in consistency.
2. Pour cassava mix in a 12×8 pan, then bake in a 180C preheated oven for 50-60 minutes. I baked mine for 60 minutes because I was a little paranoid about making sure the cassava was thoroughly cooked!
3. While the cake is in the oven, mix together topping ingredients until even in consistency. Cook in low heat until sauce thickens.
4. Remove cassava cake from oven then pour sauce on top, distribute evenly then place back in the oven and bake at 220C for 15 more minutes or until top turns golden brown.

Thanks Raymund!! The cake was sooo good I almost wanted to have the whole pan to myself! Of course I knew each slice was worth 90 minutes of hot yoga… But I couldn’t help but succumb to my mind’s imagination….

  1. Cassava….
  2. Chocolate…
  3. Banana…??

What if we mixed all these three together?? And of course add a dollop of fresh whipped cream in the middle?

Like this for example….??

It’s really quite easy!!!  🙂

Chocolate Banana Cassava Cake Medley

  • 2 slices of cassava cakes
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/4 cup chocolate
  • Whipped Cream with some icing sugar

Directions

  1. Cut up the 2 slices of cassava cakes into little cubes
  2. Slice the banana diagonally
  3. Arrange
  4. Melt the 1/4 cup chocolate and place it in a ziploc bag. Pipe and drizzle as you like!
  5. Beat the whipping cream with icing sugar and pipe in the middle!

This probably only took me about 5 minutes to make. hahaa… Oh and yes!! CHOCOLATE, BANANA AND CASSAVA GOES SOOOO WELL TOGETHER!! You will have to try this the next time you make a Cassava Cake!! 🙂

Perhaps I should try the Fijian Cassava Cake in the future, by blending it with bananas… mmmmmmm…

Haven’t been participating in Aspiring Bakers lately, so I thought this month, I’d do an early submission to Aspiring Bakers #21: Gluten-Free Bakes (July 2012) hosted by Hankerie.


Enjoy! 🙂

67 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    there are a whole lot of words here I have never heard of! It looks good 🙂

  2. Cathy says:

    hello Sammie
    Thanks for the Chocolate Banana Cassava Cake Medley recipe.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it 🙂
    If you don’t mind, can you submit your Chocolate Banana Cassava Cake Medley photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. submit by yourself and let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  3. I’ve had cassava cake a couple of times and it’s so tasty! yours looks great 🙂

  4. Cassava cakes are the ultimate, especially when they look like yours topped with chocolate 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Alice says:

    cassava, banana, chocolate and whipped cream? wow…sounds heaven!
    to me – somebody w/ low metabolism, this would need more than 90 minutes yoga session to burn off the calories, but i guess it’s okay – occasionally LOL

  6. ooh, this looks soooo wonderful, especially once you added the chocolate + whipped cream. sounds just lovely!

  7. What a different looking cake! Looks delicious.

  8. How cool! I don’t think I have ever tried anything like that. I’m sure it tastes awesome!

  9. Oh, wow! I’ve never tried cassava cake, and I love anything with coconut! How could I have missed this opportunity?! You really spruced it up adding the bananas, chocolate and whipped cream! Yum!!

  10. I’ve never had cassava, it looks like a delicious cake. Count me in for some bananas, chocolate and whipped cream. That’s a fantastic cake.

  11. Norma Chang says:

    Soft and chewy cassava cake topped with chocolate (I’m a chocoholic), that platter is calling my name.

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    I only came to know about casava cake after I started to blog and visited other blogs. I saw a couple of casava cake and I’ve been curious since then because I love coconut. Your casava cake looks perfect and I wish I have it with me now for my tea.

  13. Courtney says:

    A new type of cake?!? Love this – well, probably, if I’d ever had cassava before… 🙂

  14. Sammie says:

    haha! Yeah. It’s definitely a very tropical dessert! I hope you get to try it some day! 🙂

  15. Sammie says:

    Thanks Cathy! Okay! I’ll try to submit it but currently it says “error” whenever I do! haha.. perhaps I’ll try on another computer. Thanks!

  16. Sammie says:

    Thanks Lorraine! I know! Cassava cakes are delicious! You probably get to try a lot of delicious ones since I’m sure there are plenty of Southeast Asian cuisine in Australia!! 😉

  17. I have never seen this interesting combo of cassava cake with chocolate and banana before, sound really good!

  18. Sammie says:

    Thanks Uru!! I wasn’t sure if the chocolate would go well with the traditional cake but I’m glad it turned out delicious!! I guess you can’t really go wrong with chocolate right?

  19. Sammie says:

    Thanks Alice!! I know! I felt a little guilty after eating so much of it but I tell myself that Cassavas are pretty nutritious anyway. lol! High in Vitamin C!! hahaha..

  20. Sammie says:

    Thanks Amy!! haha.. Whipped cream and chocolate just adds that magic touch to all desserts I guess!

  21. Sammie says:

    Thanks dear! I hope you get to try it some day! 🙂

  22. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thank you Spencer! Yeah, I would consider it quite an exotic cake. Not so exotic in Vancouver though!

  23. Sammie says:

    Thank you Sandra! oooh! You have to try it!!! haha.. If I ever get a chance to meet you I’d definitely make you one 🙂

  24. Sammie says:

    Thanks Carol! Hopefully you get to try one some day! I hope you’ll like it!

  25. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thank you Norma! Yup, like I always say, can’t go wrong with chocolate 🙂

  26. Juliana says:

    Sammie, cassava cake…we used to have it back in Brazil…but haven’t had it for a while…like how you made it with banana and chocolate chips…YUM!
    Thanks for the recipe and have a great weekend 🙂

  27. Carolyn Jung says:

    Whoa! Does that ever look decadent with all that whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top. Hmmm, cassava cake — bring it on, please! 😉

  28. Joanne says:

    I ADORE cassava and judging by the texture alone (never mind the ingredients – swoon) I would ADORE this cake! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  29. Liz says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen or eaten cassava before, but this cake looks so moist and fantastic! Love the addition of coconut, too…I sure wish I had a slice in front of me 🙂

  30. Sammie says:

    Thank you Nami!! It was my first time making this cake and it really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! haha.. No need for special techniques or proofing etc. If I ever visit San Fran I would totally trade my cakes for a delicious Japanese meal from you! hahaha

  31. Sammie says:

    Thanks Courtney! 😀 I hope you get to try it one day! If you like coconut, you will like this!

  32. Sammie says:

    Thanks Sonia!!! I have a habit of fusioning traditional foods! lol

  33. Sammie says:

    Your welcome!! Thank you Juliana!! I’m glad chocolate and banana were such great complements to the cake! yayy

  34. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thanks Carolyn! Glad you liked it!! oooh! I can imagine the delicious cassava cakes in San Fran!! 😀

  35. Sammie says:

    Thank you Joanne! hehe.. I think I loooove the texture of this cake! Very southeast asian! Something I grew up with.. 😀

  36. Sammie says:

    Thanks so much Liz! hehe.. Yeah, definitely not the every day cake in North America! But I’m glad you like it! 🙂

  37. I have never had cassava cake, but it looks moist and delicious and I’m pretty sure I WANT it now. Beautiful!!

  38. Sammie says:

    Thanks Heather! Yeah, one of my favourite things about this cake is it’s texture! It’s very soft and chewy… And sooooo delicious!

  39. hotlyspiced says:

    I’ve never had cassava cake but it looks very moist and delicious with great texture. Love the list of ingredients.

  40. foodjaunts says:

    So as I was reading the beginning of your post I was thinking, “Wait…why hasn’t she mentioned the Filipino version?” until I kept reading and saw that you were featuring. I’ve tried Raymund’s recipe for this and it’s delish. Genius to add in the bananas and chocolate 🙂

  41. rsmacaalay says:

    What a coincidence I am making some cassava cake a while ago before logging into my PC, I think I will try to add some chocolates and whipped cream to it.

  42. Sammie says:

    Thank you!! Yeah! Coconut lovers would like this cake! 🙂

  43. Sammie says:

    Oh my! YES!! Chocolate and whipped cream are a GREAAAAT addition to the cassava! Thanks so much for the recipe again Raymund!! 🙂 I got lots of compliments on it!

  44. Hello Sam, this cake is totally new to me but I have to say that the plate with the cake and chocolate is calling to me. It looks like a wonderful treat

  45. Hello Sammie, I am so glad you gave this one a try. I seen this recipe on Ang Sarap‘s website for Cassava Cake and I thought to myself that looks super delicious. Great minds think alike. I like your adaptations and adding the bananas and whipped topping. Did you eat hot from the oven or cooled?

  46. Chris says:

    Hi Sammie, Thanks for stopping by earlier. I am drooling over your cassava …

  47. We must find a way to meet 🙂

  48. delicio8 says:

    Wow. I’ve never tried cassava so this might be the perfect place to start, being cake and all! Cheddar cheese in a sweet dessert?!? So interesting (in a good way). Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious!

  49. Eva Taylor says:

    I’ve seen Cassava at the grocery store but had no idea you could make a cake with it. How interesting.

  50. Lisa says:

    I’ve had cassava cake from a Filipino bakery nearby, and it’s delicious..BUT, it looks nowhere near as gorgeous as yours – not to mention the addition of bananas and chocolate, which takes it up so many levels! Your desserts always slay me – in such a good way!

  51. Kanan says:

    this looks simply fantastic

  52. Sammie says:

    haha.. Thank you Sawsan! Whipped cream and chocolate does wonders!

  53. Sammie says:

    haha.. Yeah! Thanks Bam! I really liked this one too! My coworker liked it so much that she even ordered one from me! I think I can have it either way! When it’s cooled it’s slightly sweeter as most desserts are. But I love hot food too and this tastes great fresh off the oven! hehe.. With the chocolate and whipped cream I guess I like to have it warm since it already has other “sweetening” complements!

  54. Sammie says:

    Thanks Chris! Loove seeing the local delights on your blog too! They look great!!

  55. Sammie says:

    Yeah! Cheese is actually amazing with a lot of sweet desserts! 🙂 I only wished I added even more! lol.. Thanks Matina!

  56. Sammie says:

    Yeah! I actually don’t know anything else to make with cassava except for desserts! lol.. Thanks Eva!

  57. Sammie says:

    Awww! Thanks Lisa! But I don’t think I can ever match up to your unique creations Lis!! Always love your yummy recipes!

  58. Sammie says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog Kanan! Will be visiting yours more too, especially with all that delicious Indian food!

  59. justcooknyc says:

    this also has such interesting texture — i might have to try making this one

  60. Sammie says:

    Please do!! It’s very easy to make and so delicious too!

  61. I have never had cassava cake before, I need to find some though! This sounds delicious, and I love how you paired it with chocolate and bananas:-) Hugs, Terra

  62. Sammie says:

    Thank you Terra!! Cassava cakes are so delicious! I hope you get to try it one day! 🙂 oh and the banana and chocolate is a must! lol

  63. Shannon McCarthy says:

    Sammie, this cassava cake looks light and delicious. My husband’s birthday is next Saturday and Im thinking of making this or something like it for the occasion. The banana and chocolate is a great touch. Thanks for sharing!
    – Shannon @ Crumb Cake Creations

  64. Yum, yum, yum! I haven’t seen these forever, like seriously, since I was five probably 😉 I need to make these!!! Thanks Sammie.

  65. Sammie says:

    Oh! Thanks Shannon! I hope you enjoy this cake! I made it and my co-worker loved it so much that she even ordered it from me for a potluck party. 🙂 And she said she got rave reviews for it!

  66. Sammie says:

    Thanks Yudith!! I LOOOOOVE cassava cakes too! These days I’m feeling the nostalgia from months of deprivation from my Southeast Asian desserts! hehe..

  67. petit4chocolatier says:

    Sammie, I had never heard about the cassava cakes. But I think that is what heaven is like!! Wow!

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