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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 learned how to bake….

This cake is one of the many, many cakes that I tried 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 found a recipe using ube powder too which I tweaked to make a smaller layer cake – just the right size for my family. You can make a 3-layer or 4-layer cake if you choose not to cover or decorate the cake with’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 discs; 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)

This cake is one of the many, many cakes that I tried to make at home and we get to eat as much and as often as we like until we can take no more.
5 from 2 votes
Course Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people






  • Preheat oven to 325 F degrees.
  • Combine ube powder and water, set aside.
  • Sift four, cornstarch, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl ad make a well in the center.
  • Add cooking oil, egg yolks, use powder mixture and use color/flavor.
  • Using your mixer or wooden spoon, mix until smooth but do not over beat/mix, set aside.
  • Put egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of your mixer until frothy then gradually add sugar and beat until glossy.
  • Gently fold egg whites into flour mixture, taking care not to knock the air out.
  • Lift and fold gently until the two mixtures are well-blended.
  • It should have a uniform color and no white streaks remaining.
  • Divide and pour batter into two 6-inch baking pan and bake for about 35 minutes or until a cake tester (or toothpick) inserted comes out clean.
  • Transfer cakes onto a wire rack.
  • Let cool for about 5 minutes then run a knife around the edges and invert to cool completely before frosting.


  • In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  • Add cream and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Make sure the cakes are completely cooled.
  • Slice each cake in half, you will have a total of 4 cake discs, crushed one of them into fine crumbs, set aside… this will be use for garnishing top and side of cakes, later.
  • Lay one piece of cake on a cake stand, spread some filling on top the top with another cake layer, fill then top with the last cake layer.
  • Spread remaining filling over top and sides of cake and smooth it out.
  • Scoop some cake crumbs by a handful and press or pat on sides of cake then sprinkle some on top to evenly cover the cake to finish.
  • Have fun doing it.
  • Enjoy your fruit of labor with your loved ones with your favorite coffee or tea.


  1. If you have cake flour use that instead of all-purpose flour and cornstarch.
  2. You may also steam the cakes: Cover baking pans with aluminum foil and steam for about an hour.
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