Ube Layer Cake (Purple Yam Cake)

Ube Layer Cake (Purple Yam Cake)

Ube (purple yam) cake is one of my favorite cakes, my husband used to bring this home for me but when I finally knew how to bake,  this cake is one of the many, many cakes that I learned to make at home and we get to eat as much and as often as we like until we can take no more.  It’s been a long while since the last time I made ube cake ..

I used to make it with real purple yam but it’s not always easily available, thank goodness  there is ube powder (though not an easy find too) ; I was happy to grab one pack from a baking supply store when I saw it.   I was lucky to find a recipe using ube powder too which I tweaked to make a smaller cake- just the right size for my family- a 6-inch layer cake. You can make a 3-layer or 4-layer cake if you choose not to cover or decorate the cake with crumbs..it’s up to you! ü

The cake turned out well, just like before, it’s light, not-too sweet and this time with a delicious tartness (just slight) from the cream cheese that I added to the whipped cream frosting.  It’s a little pale in color, but that’s okay, I like lavender and it looks so dainty, too.  :)

The recipe below is adapted from a newspaper column of Nora Daza, published more than a decade ago. I halved the recipe and made tiny changes to make a smaller cake.  I did not use the frosting included in the recipe, instead I used sweetened whipped cream with cream cheese to fill and cover my ube cake. See original recipe here.

6-inch round purple yam layer cake

In a large bowl, sift flour, cornstarch baking powder, salt and sugar. Add oil, egg yolks, ube mixture and ube color/flavor

mix well until smooth..

Beat the egg whites in another bowl until stiff but not dry

combine the flour/ube mixture and beaten egg whites by folding gently

pour in baking pans and bake..or steam

slice each cake to make 4, make 3 or four layers with whipped cream filling in between cakes

decorate as you like; serve with your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy with your loved ones! :)

Ube Layer Cake (Purple Yam Cake)
Recipe type: Baking, Cake
Serves: Makes one 6-inch layer cake
If you have cake flour use that instead of all-purpose flour and cornstarch

Have a nice day! Thanks for visiting..God Bless! :)

3 Responses to "Ube Layer Cake (Purple Yam Cake)"

  1. Ashley Bee   August 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Ohhh I like how it’s naturally colored, that’s so cool!

  2. Jeannie   August 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

    that is one lovely cake, bet the taste is delicious! I love yam cake too!

  3. Belinda @zomppa   August 6, 2012 at 3:03 am

    An unusual, but sweet (dare I say, healthy?) treat!


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