Here’s a great recipe for the classic Ube Macapuno Cake. Light, fluffy with a good ube flavor in every bite.
When I posted this Ube Macapuno Cake Recipe sometime ago, some of you asked me if I have a recipe for the same cake but this time using ube powder. The cake I made before used Ube Halaya which depending on where you are, maybe hard to come by.
Hmmm… perhaps ube powder is more easily accessible to most of you (than Ube Halaya) so I tried experimenting with baking an Ube Cake using Ube Powder. And wow, it was so good and moist, and I think even better than the one using Ube Halaya.
Most of the Ube Cake recipes you can find are recipes for chiffon cakes. This one is different. It’s easier to make with ingredients you can easily find in your area. This cake results in a moist, light and fluffy with a great ube flavor in every bite. Coupled with a topping of macapuno, this cake is surely any ube lovers dream come true.
I bought ube powder when I went to Killion last year, I was saving it for the time I’ll try out ube recipes with ube powder. The ube powder I used (see below) is the unsweetened variety. For this recipe, make sure not to use the sweetened one used for shakes okay?
So, making a marvelous Ube Macapuno Cake has to start somewhere, right? Here’s how. First we’ve got to prepare Team Dry Ingredients (TDI) and Team Wet Ingredients (TWI). Sift together TDI – flour, baking powder, baking soda, ube powder and salt. In a small bowl, mix together TWI – milk, yoghurt and ube flavor. For the flour, in case you don’t have all purpose flour, you can use cake flour instead. For the milk, I used fresh milk but you can substitute it with evaporated milk or full cream milk but not low fat milk, okay? Yoghurt can be substituted with sour cream or Yakult. Set both TDI and TWI aside.
Now, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time.
Add one third of TDI.
Add one half of TWI.
Add another third of TDI then half of TWI and lastly, add the rest of TDI. Mix until just barely combined. Line two six inch pans with parchment paper. Pour equal amounts of the ube cake batter into the two pans and bake at 350F for 40-45 mins or until done.
To make the frosting, mix together butter, ube flavor and butter. Sift the powdered sugar and add to the butter mixture slowly. Mix until smooth.
To assemble, divide the cakes into two layers (about 1 inch each or thicker if you want). Place first layer in a pretty cake plate. Or a serving plate.
Place it in a pretty cake plate. Or a serving plate. And spread evenly.
Continue until all layers are beautifully stacked up.
Cover the cake with ube frosting generously. I know, I still need to work on my frosting covering skills.
Pipe the edges with frosting and top with macapuno.
- For the Cake:
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup ube powder (unsweetened)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 4 tsp ube flavor
- For the Frosting:
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3 tsp ube flavor
- 1/3 cup macapuno
- Pre-heat oven to 350F.
- Sift together all the dry ingredients, flour, ube powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt, Team Dry Ingredients. Set aside.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs one at a time.
- Mix together the yogurt, milk and ube flavor, Team Wet Ingredients.
- Add in one third of the dry ingredients and then add in one half of the wet ingredients.
- Repeat step 5 untill all our combined. Just barely mix, until you cannot see streaks of flour in the batter.
- Pour into two lined 6-inch pans and bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes. Make sure to tap the pans used to release air bubbles before baking. Let it cool.
- To make the frosting, mix together butter, ube flavor and butter. Sift the powdered sugar and add to the butter mixture slowly. Mix until smooth.
- To assemble, cool cakes first. Divide the cake into four layers. For every layer, add 1/3 cup frosting in between. Cover the cake with frosting and top with macapuno.