Ube Macapuno Cupcakes Recipe

Ube Macapuno Cupcakes Recipe – Ahh, I’ve been meaning to make a cupcake version of the Ube Macapuno Cake I made a couple of years back. This time, I wanted to make it with Green Shepherd’s Mountain Maid Ube Jam –  my favorite halaya.

01 Ube Macapuno CupcakesUnfortunately, I know this elusive (for me) jam can only be found in Baguio or Tagaytay so I took a chance and asked on Facebook if you my Bake Happy Friends know if it can be found here in Manila. And thanks to you, I know that it is! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
02 Ube Macapuno CupcakesI went to Market Market last week and found a stall there selling some! I bought two bottles thinking it will be more than enough for my recipe and still enjoy it in it’s purest form.
03 Ube Macapuno CupcakesPlus, what I love about this jam is that for every purchase, we help send the Cordillera Youth through college. Isn’t that nice?
04 Ube Macapuno CupcakesHere’s a close up of the jam, I love how smooth and creamy this jam is. If perfect can be translated to a food, this must be it.
05 Ube Macapuno CupcakesUbe Cupcakes or Cakes are usually paired with macapuno but for this recipe, I wanted to try to pair it with langka. Aside from the pretty burst of colors, purple and yellow, the flavor combination is a hit!
06 Ube Macapuno CupcakesAnd oh! Want to see how perfectly moist these ube cupcakes are? These cupcakes are oil based and to ensure that they are super moist, I added yoghurt into the batter. Result – yummy ube goodness in every bite. I just know you’ll love this!
07 Ube Macapuno CupcakesWe start by preparing the ingredients. Measure a cup of ube jam, if you’re using Mountain Maid, you’ll almost finish up a bottle. Combine all the dry ingredients as well –  flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set both aside.
08 Ube Macapuno CupcakesCombine the wet ingredients as well – evaporated milk, yogurt (regular unsweetened one will do, I used the one from Nestle) and one whole bottle of ube flavor.  Mix well and set aside.
09 Ube Macapuno CupcakesNow, on to the baking. Beat the sugar, oil and eggs well until batter is light. It’s okay to add the eggs all at once, just make sure everything is well combined.
10 Ube Macapuno CupcakesAdd the ube jam to the batter.
11 Ube Macapuno CupcakesAdd in one third of the dry ingredients.
12 Ube Macapuno CupcakesThe add in one half of the dry ingredients.
13 Ube Macapuno CupcakesRepeat step 5 untill all our combined. Just barely mix, until you cannot see streaks of flour in the batter. Just like this
14 Ube Macapuno CupcakesLine cupcake pans with cupcake liners, the batter will make 33 cupcakes. Fill each 3oz sized cupcake liners with 1/4 cup batter. Bake the cupcakes at 350F for 15 minutes or until done. I can’t get over how moist these cupcakes turned out!
15 Ube Macapuno CupcakesTo make the ube frosting, beat the butter until smooth.
16 Ube Macapuno CupcakesThen add the ube jam.
17 Ube Macapuno CupcakesBeat until butter and jam are well combined.
18 Ube Macapuno CupcakesAdd sifted powdered sugar and continue beating until frosting is smooth.
19 Ube Macapuno CupcakesThe recipe is enough to frost 33 cupcakes if you pipe them with only just one layer of frosting like I did with the below.
20 Ube Macapuno CupcakesNow at this point these cupcakes are good enough to eat but I’d love to add the toppings on it, our choice of langka or macapuno. So are you Team Langka or Team Macapuno? What? How about me? I can not decide! I simply love them both!
21 Ube Macapuno Cupcakes

Ube Cupcakes [or Ube Macapuno Cupcake Recipe or Ube Langka Cupcakes Recipe (depending on what topping you’ll use)]

33 cupcakes/350F

What We Need:
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup yoghurt
1 bottle (20ml) ube flavoring (I used the McCormick Ube Flavor)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup canola oil
4 eggs
1 cup ube halaya / purple yam (I used Ube Jam from Mountain Maid Training Center)

Ube Frosting

What we need:
1 cup unsalted butter
1/3 cup ube halaya / purple yam
3 teaspoons ube flavoring
2 cups powdered sugar
Macapuno and Langka preserves for topping

Here’s how:

  1. Assemble team dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Assemble team wet ingredients – evaporated milk, yoghurt, ube flavoring. Set both aside.
  2. Mix together sugar, oil and eggs. Eggs can be added in one go but make sure that everything is well incorporated.
  3. Add in ube halaya.
  4. Add in one third of the dry ingredients and then add in one half of the wet ingredients.
  5. Repeat step 4 until all are combined. Just barely mix, until you cannot see streaks of flour in the batter.
  6. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners, the batter will make 33 cupcakes. Fill each 3oz sized cupcake liners with 1/4 cup batter.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until done. Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature.
  8. To make the frosting, beat butter until smooth. Mix in ube halaya and ube flavoring. Sift the powdered sugar and add to the butter mixture slowly. Mix until smooth. Pipe frosting into the cupcakes, I used a closed star tip Ateco 809. The frosting recipe is enough for 33 cupcakes.

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  1. Krystel says

    An Angel must’ve woke me up this early to find this recipe. These look so yummy! I’ve been looking for a recipe for ube cupcakes. I will definitely try this one. Maybe I can use the ube halaya from Tagaytay? I live far from Metro Manila kasi. Thanks Ms. Aikko! A new fan here! :)

  2. Tere says

    Hi Ms. Aikko! These cupcakes make me drool! :-) Your recipe post is a very good timing. I just bought 3 bottles of these Ube jam from baguio. And you gave me an idea how to use it now. :-) What can I substitute for yogurt coz I don’t have it now. And I really wanna make it now. :-) (so excited!) Thanks and more power and more recipes! Happy baking! :-)

  3. muzie says

    Hello Ms. Akiko. Tried your ube-macapuno cake 2 yrs ago. & it was super yummy. i will definitely bake this one too & add it to my variaties of cupcakes… That is if its ok with you? Ahihi
    Thanks for the share. Happy baking ♥

  4. says

    hi! thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. I’m planning to put up a homebased cupcake business.. this would be an additional variant to my list. By the way, do you have any suggestion how to make sour cream? thanks again!

    • says

      Hi Janet! Sour creams are non-existent where I am (Zamboanga City, Philippines). Thankfully, there’s a way of making one and it’s actually very similar to making your own buttermilk. Just mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to enough heavy cream to make one cup. Leave for 5 minutes and, voila! Sour cream for your baking needs. Hope that helps.

      Oh, and Master Aikko, would it be possible to make this into a cake instead? The one I have is for chiffon and, while ube is my husband’s favorite flavor, he doesn’t have much love for chiffon. Thank you very much in advance!

    • keeth reyes says

      You can make sour cream by mixing a small can of Nestle’ Cream with 1 Tablespoon of vinegar or citrus juice (calamansi, lemon, or lime). Let it stand for about 5 minutes to curdle before using in your recipe.

  5. Jacqui says

    This is fantastic! I can’t wait to try and make this. I’m going to attempt to make this to see if I can make it for my son’s birthday. Thanks for the recipe and pictures! I’m sure I’m going to refer to it a few more times. I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. :-)

  6. Arlene says

    Hi Aikko! Omg, I your blog. I live here in California, US and I would like to know if I can substitute the Ube flavoring? I don’t think I can find that here.


  7. says

    OMG! I love it. I have been looking for this recipe. Thank you so much Ms. Aikko. I have been a huge fan of yours. By the way, can I request for you lalaloopsy cupcake tutorial?


  8. Myra says

    Hi Aikko,
    I had the courage to try it – although I didn’t follow your recipe to the tee. I used 1 cup of oil only, instead of 1 1/2 c. The cupcakes turned out excellent. And I also, added 1/2 tsp pandan extract. I used my own butter meringue frosting and added 3 tbsp of the ube jam and ube extract and put macapuno strings on top. My husband and my friends love it. Thanks for sharing your recipe. It’s a keeper.

  9. glad arellano says

    hello, what to replace is purple yam is not available in the market? can i make it homemade? any suggestions? thanks a lot

  10. Angela concepcion says

    Hi! Ms.akiko what can I substitute for the ube flavoring? I live here in California I have been looking for it but I think we don’t have it here. Thank u so much!

  11. Kim says

    Can I use this cupcake recipe to make a cake? If so how many people would it serve? This recipe seems a little more easier :).

  12. Dianna Rose says

    Im trying this recipe at this moment, can’t wait for it to bake in the oven. Hoping it turns out as good as yours! The last one i did was chiffon based and i didnt like it that much so i searched for a moist recipe. Voila, i then came to see your site. Thanks so much! Will keep you updated on my cake.

  13. Richie says

    Hi aikko i like your blog a lot I tried two of your cakes..its great but I want to give a try cupcake..but just want to ask if its ok for cake too? ( cupcake recipe?) thanks a lot..

  14. Tetchie says

    Hello from Dubai! I just recently found your site and now i’m addicted to it. I’ve been browsing & reading your recipes these past few nights before i go to sleep. I’m a full time housewife, & mom of my 2 cute girls and i love baking.

    Can i ask if the mcCormick ube flavor is really needed in this recipe? And what can i substitute if i can’t find one here in Dubai? I showed this recipe to my husband and he told me he would really love if i would give it a try.

    Thanks and happy baking 😉

    • says

      Thank you Tetchie, I haven’t tried it without but you can try and let me know. From experience though the McCormick gave the ube cupcakes a boost of flavor :)

  15. Janice says

    Hi Aikko,

    My family is not a big fan of frosting. Is there a way for me to incorporate Langka and macapuno in the cupcake without ruining the consistency of the cupcake itself? Thank You

  16. Anna says

    Really looking forward to making this soon, as have been able to get hold of most of the ingredients here in the UK.

    Can I substitute evaporated milk with just normal milk? Powdered sugar is – icing sugar I think?

    Any chance of having the ingredients in weight measures? Find it hard to imagine what 1 cup of butter would be, even after ensuring it’s room temperature!

    Thanks and hopefully you can answer my query soon before I get baking.

  17. Jel says

    Thank you for these recipe.

    Just a few questions:

    (1) my cupcakes has too many bubbles, was it from too much mixing? Im using only a spatula to mix it all together until all flour were gone.

    (2)what to do when instead of using powdered sugar, I put regular white sugar by mistake…can I still save my frosting from going in the garbage. I kept on mixing it using a hand mixer & it is still grainy :-(.


  18. Gracetria says

    These look amazing and I want to make it for mothers’s day! I was thinking of using cake flour instead of regular flour, do you think it would change the recipe at all?

  19. Sochie says

    Will try definitely,trying to make my own ube jam..really thanks a lot Akiko!for someone like me living far away from our homeland,it’s really a blessing to find some recipes like this..reminding us what we miss.

  20. Lilah says

    I just made your ube cupcakes recipe but it didn’t turn out to be as purple as your cupcakes..I am missing the ube flavoring, I look all over at asian stores even at the World Market but no luck. Can you please tell me where I can get it.

  21. Nina says

    Hi Ms. Aikko,
    Im planning to do this ube cupcake this coming weekend but I dont have this ube halaya. I have ube powder which I think can be use as substitute, my concern is how much ube powder should I use. I hope you’ll respone asap. I can’t wait to do this. More power to your baking and please continue to share your knowledge…..cheers and thank you.

  22. Malou Samia says

    Have u tried the ube jam made by Goldilocks?

    I have bought an ube powder, any suggestion on how i can use this on the ube cake.

  23. aleli says

    Hi Aikko,
    I am very excited to try this! I have Halaya from Luisa and Sons bakery here in LA. Can I use sour cream instead of yogurt? Thanks! Hope to hear from you.

  24. Aiks says

    Hi Ms. Aikko, I’m planning to try this over the weekend and I’ve already bought the ingredients. Just wanted to know if one bottle of ube jam is already enough for the cupcakes and frosting? thanks!

  25. mariechris says

    Hi ms aikko

    Tanong ko lan po sana kung ano po kayabg nag probs nung skin po kc po naging green po xia n konti lan ang purple s gitna.

    Hope to hear from u soon… thanks

  26. josephine says

    Hi Aikko, have you tried using ube powder instead of ube jam. If you did, how many cups of ube pwder

  27. Ricalyn A. Nawew says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe. We added it to our cupcake variants and my kids loved its moist and fluffiness

  28. Bernadette Sacdalan says

    I just would like to know the purpose of yogurt for this recipe, is it to make the cake moist?


  29. mariechris says

    Hi aikko,

    I was just wondering po kc i made the ube cupcake and bkt po may mga tiny green color ung cupcake?? Purple ung color with a mix of green kaya kala nila po tuloy ube pandan macapuno :( Pls help po

      • mariechris says

        Hello po, sinunod ko po ang lahat ng nasa listahan. Kung ganun. Ano po kaya ang pwede qong gawin para makin purple color po xia..? Also po ung ube cupcake nio mo ba ay pareho lan ng ube cake mo po… thank u pp in adv…

    • says

      Sorry Liz, I’m not familiar with the Bay Area but you can check out if there are Filipino stores there and if they carry it there :)

      Good luck!

  30. Shiela Dizon says

    Hi ms aikko, if i use this recipe as cake with pan size of 6″, fit kaya siya or sobra in 1 pan? Plan to do this as baby cake

  31. raquel angel montolo says

    Hi ma’am Akiko..I love ube..any kind of dessert bsta my ube..!..I want to try this recipe..! I love baking..the ingredients ate easy to find.exept yogurt..! can I use nestle cream ma’am?.thank you!

  32. CJTL says

    Hi Ms Aikko. Happy to find your recipe as my nieces love cupcakes better than cake. Can I use the frozen purple yam? Most of the bottled ube halaya in the stores in my area are not that good. Thanks.

  33. Julie says

    i just made these lovely ube cupcakes without macapuno topping… 1st attempt was deliciously good… the ube frosting was super yummy… posted some pictures in my fb… thank you aikko for sharing your yummy recipes… im gaining weight but it was all worth it, im happy and i love baking!!!

  34. Sally Wallace says

    Hi Aikko, how come the recipe calls for yogurt while the recipe for cake does not? What’s the difference? Thanks

  35. Mihrlene Senoel says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I followed the recipe as is. My only thing is that I didn’t have yogurt so I have to sub it with a mix of whipping cream and fresh lemon juice and sit for 10 minutes. That mix gave a consistency of a yogurt which also can be sub with sour cream. The baking time took me 25 minutes with a traditionsl gas oven, the 15-18 mins was so undone with the cake tester. The frosting is a little bit way too sweet so I will cut it off next time with a cup of icing sugar only. But all in all, it was super moist, taste good and hubby don’t want to share outside the door.

  36. rychele magbago says

    hi ms aikko, im planning to make this po. pde po ito sa cake? your ube cake version ive read before po kse is diferent from this cupcake version. same process lng dn po b s pan size nd cooking time n nklgay sa cake version? ty

  37. nna says

    Hi Ma’am Aikko, I would like to thank you for sharing this Macapuno Cupcake recipe. I gave it a try and it’s absolutely delicious! It’s the first time for my kids to try “Filipino cake” and they absolutely loved it! I can’t wait to try your other recipes! God bless and more power to you!
    Warm regards from Calgary, Alberta, Canada :)

  38. Maricel says

    Hi Akiko,

    I really love your baking and I tried 1 of your muffins and it turned out great with the best taste ever. I just have 1 query this time, is this ube frosting the same frosting that you put on your Ube Macapuno cake ‘coz I can’t open the link from the cake recipe site.

    I appreciate your earliest response.

    All the best and thank you.

  39. Jam says


    Can I skip the yogurt, if I do would it affect the taste and the state of the cupcakes.

    Loads of thanks.

  40. Kaye says

    Hi! Your little cakes look enticing and promising! I have a question though, can I swap the yogurt and the evap for 3/4 cup of buttermilk? Thanks!


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