Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe

March 20, 2015
(Last Updated On: March 20, 2015)

How to cook Ube Macapuno Cake

Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe is a purple yam cake, which is a well-loved dessert by Filipinos. It is often served at birthday parties and special occasions that make a great centerpiece since it looks so delightful on the table.  It is usually topped with sweetened macapuno strips that will surely explode in your mouth with its filling heavenly taste.

When it comes to cake, chocolate is probably the most famous choice of flavor for most of us. But this Ube Macapuno Cake is something you will also enjoy, not only that it is made with a healthy ingredient – which is the Ube Halaya (purple yam) – it is also a Filipino dessert that is very easy to prepare.

Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe

Ube Macapuno Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided (1/2c + 1/8c)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh milk
  • 1 tbsp. clear ube extract
  • violet food coloring (adjust color as desired)

Frosting: (for one layer only)

  • 1 1/2 cups whipped cream
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. clear ube extract
  • violet food color (adjust color as desired)
  •                                      or
  • 1 box (200g) Frosty Powder Whip Cream, whipped
  • 2 tsp. ube flavoring
  • violet food color (adjust color as desired)

Filling: (for one layer only)

  • 1/2 cup ube halaya or store bought ube fudge
  • 1/2 cup macapuno strings
  • violet sprinkles or ube cake crumbs, for decorating

Ube Macapuno Cake process

Ube Macapuno Cake Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease and flour the bottom of one (8×3-inch) round pan and set aside. In a large bowl, combine cake flour with a half cup of sugar, baking powder and salt, then sift together and whisk until combined. Set aside.
  • In this recipe we need to use fresh eggs as possible. Separate egg yolks from the whites and set aside. Add egg yolks, oil, milk, ube extract and violet food coloring, then mix thoroughly until batter becomes smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites with the remaining sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold the whites into the batter mixture in three additions.
  • Pour the batter into a prepared pan, if you want your cake a bit tall use 8×3-inch round pan and if you prefer a wider cake use a 9×2-inch round pan. Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean. Fire off, let your cake cool down on a wire rack for a couple minutes and invert the pan to cool completely.
  • To prepare the frosting, in a large, clean and well-chilled bowl, whisk the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar gradually and lastly add in ube flavoring and whisk until reaches stiff peaks. And if you’re using Frosty powder whip cream, add 200ml cold water, a couple teaspoons of clear ube extract and whip until stiff peaks form. Divide whipped cream into two parts: 1/3 part for decorating and making borders and for the remaining whipped cream add violet food coloring and this will be used for icing your cake.
  • Now that we already prepared what we need, so let’s assemble our ube macapuno chiffon cake. First, we need a cake board at least an inch larger than your cake.  With a serrated  knife, trim off the top of your cake to even the top and get rid the brown part and expose the beautiful violet chiffon. (In my case, luckily my cake turned out even so I don’t have to trim off the top, I just use my clean fingers to scrape the brown part, and it peels off easily.)
  • Spread a little cream on the board, so our cake won’t slide if we ice them. Place the first layer of your cake. Edge the cake by piping it with whipped cream at least 1 inch high, this will prevent the filling from leaking out the sides. Spread the ube halaya or ube fudge evenly in the center and top with macapuno strings. Top with another layer and ice the whole cake with the whipped cream.
  • Use reserved whipped cream to pipe tiny shells and big swirls on the borders. Add violet sprinkles on top of each swirl or decorate cake top with macapuno strings, placing them in the middle inside the borders, if desired.
  • Refrigerate the Cake for at least 2 hours before serving.

Ube Macapuno Cake

Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe is a moist and delectable purple yam cake.

Ube Macapuno Cake

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    April 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I would love to learn this over and over again! Nice!

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    lovely joy merced

    April 14, 2015 at 5:32 am

    im drooling over that cake! looks so yummy, i love ube macapuno cake and this post is very helpful! thanks for the recipe!

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    Ann Cagalingan
    April 14, 2015 at 1:36 am

    I love to try this…loks so yummy!

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    April 13, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I’m making it for my daughters birthday. It’s her favorite color and it looks delicious.

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    April 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    love the color. If I tried to make this it would never look like that. looks like a lot of work and a lot of pretty frosting

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    April 10, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    love the color. looks like a lot of work and mine never turn out as planned

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    April 9, 2015 at 11:25 am

    This is another cake for me to try baking at home. I love ube. Thank you for this great recipe.

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    Judy Thomas

    March 24, 2015 at 3:38 am

    The recipe seems quite involved with a lot of steps but the result looks awesome!

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    Ronald G

    March 24, 2015 at 2:57 am

    This recipe sounds delicious but a little bit difficult for someone who very rarely bakes and I haven’t heard of, or know where to get ube halaya or ube fudge or macapuno strings

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    Tara Woods

    March 23, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    What a beautiful cake. I love the color. Thanks for the post.

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    March 23, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Yum! This looks pretty and delicious

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    Mindy Bel

    March 23, 2015 at 4:59 am

    This cake looks absolutely delicious!
    Thank you for the great recipie!

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    jeremy jorgensen

    March 23, 2015 at 1:40 am

    Looks great!

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    Carolyn Daley

    March 23, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I have never heard of the Ube Macapuno Cake, but it sounds interesting being made with purple yams as the filling.

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    Marcos Batac

    March 22, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Like Ube Nice Recipe Thanks for Sharing

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    ellen beck

    March 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    I would love to make something like this for Easter dinner. This is so pretty and the color is wonderful.

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    March 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    I would love to try this recipe

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    Linda G.

    March 22, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Never tried any Filipino recipes before – this looks like a fun one!

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    Lisa Brown

    March 22, 2015 at 5:40 am

    wow, gorgeous natural color for a cake, looks yummy 🙂

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    March 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    This is a very palette pleasing food 🙂 Hope to try this soon 🙂

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    Teresa Organ

    March 21, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    This looks very good and it is very pretty.

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    Sarah L

    March 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Beautiful cake. Would be interesting to try it.

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    Charles Raisor

    March 21, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Looks delicious!

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    ellen beck

    March 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Very pretty I really am amazed how colorful things are. Purple especially seems to be a favorite.

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    Betsy Barnes

    March 21, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Such a beautiful cake! It looks like it would taste fantastic 🙂

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    March 21, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Oh my gosh, so pretty! Have to try this recipe

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    Michelle L

    March 20, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I like the name of the cake.

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    Joseph Stowell

    March 20, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    This sounds very interesting. I will look for the ube extract, the ube ube fudge, and the macapuno strings. Besides, the violet coloring makes it look very festive!

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    March 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I really love the color of this cake, and it looks too beautiful to be eaten!

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    courtney b

    March 20, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    this looks soo good.

    thanks 🙂 love the purple icing.. mmm

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    Luisa M Davila

    March 20, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Im so glad i found this site…it will really come in handy for all ocasions…I can’t wait to try thsi cake it’ll be my first recipe I’ll try from this site..willkeep you posted. Thanks!!!

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    Aldrin Montierro

    March 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Looks yummy inside out, Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    LL Laughlin

    March 20, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Yum! Pretty and delicious

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    laura rubenstein

    March 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    I love this cake! It is so pretty and looks and sounds delicious!

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    Coline T.
    March 20, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This looks like an interesting recipe! Would love to try 🙂

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