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Filipino Cassava Cake

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This is the time of year when I get into a panic mode and resort to easy baked treats like this Filipino Cassava Cake. I need to simplify my life by planning simpler dishes and quick-cooking desserts like Cassava Cake. I have to try and remember the holidays are a time to reflect and be thankful for the many blessings our family was given through the year.

As we pause to ponder on what we are grateful for, I go back to the first phase. It has to begin within us first. In order for us to experience blessings, we have to share ours first. Be a blessing to others, before you should expect any to come your way. You have to give in order to receive, was a valuable lesson my parents always taught me. In order to have friends, be a friend first. To be loved, be lovable first. You get the picture.

Socially and culturally we are trained to give to others. But in order for us to be giving, we must find it in ourselves to be kind, compassionate and respectful – to ourselves and to others. Finding little ways to show these to others is a good start. Being a blessing is infectious. Like a pebble tossed in a pond, one simple act of caring shared with our circle of friends and family, can emanate to a larger circle of blessings all around. Start the blessings. Be the first to toss that pebble.

Happy Holidays from our table to yours!




Filipino Cassava Cake

This Filipino Cassava Cake is a classic Philippine dessert or ‘merienda’ fare that requires only a few steps. Cassava is the starchy, tuberous root of a tropical tree used as food in Asia and South America. In the Philippines, I used to prepare this with cassava grated by hand. Now that I live in the United States, an easier solution to use frozen grated cassava and mixing all the ingredients quickly. This was a simple mix-stir-bake dessert. After baking, I added the topping, which makes the cake sticky- sweet and gooey. The cassava cake or ‘bibingkang cassava’ as most Filipinos call it has a rich, heavy consistency flavored with sweet coconut cream and eggs. Once baked, the tropical coconut aroma is magnificent. This is one of my favorite recipes adapted from Nora Daza’s ‘Let’s Cook with Nora’. This recipe was for a baking pan measuring 9 x 11 inches, and served 6 to 8 for dessert.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Merienda, Snacks
Cuisine: American, Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Cassava Cake
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 196kcal
Author: Asian in America


  • Oven-proof baking pan: 9 inches x 11 inches


  • 16 ounces grated cassava (frozen) thawed, drained (from Asian markets), about 2 cups grated cassava
  • 3 whole large eggs divided, set aside 1 for topping
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 can (12 fl. oz./354 ml) evaporated milk divided use half of can for cake, rest for topping
  • 1 can (13.5 fl oz./400 ml) coconut milk divided, use half of can for cake, rest for topping
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract for topping
  • 1 Tablespoon softened unsalted butter to grease baking pan
  • 2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter for topping


  • Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
    Grease with baking spray and softened butter a 9 x 11 inches baking pan with a depth of at least 2 inches. Set aside.

To make cassava filling:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients with a wooden spoon: Grated cassava, eggs, granulated sugar, half of the can of evaporated milk, half of the can of coconut milk. Blend well till ingredients are incorporated.
  • Pour the cassava mixture into the greased baking pan.
    Bake at 350 F degrees for 50 to 55 minutes. Test the middle with the tip of a sharp knife. If knife comes clean, cassava cake filling is done.
    Remove from the oven to add the topping.

To make the topping:

  • In a small bowl, mix together the egg, halves of the evaporated milk and coconut milk, and vanilla. Blend well.
  • Pour the topping mixture over the cooked cassava cake.
    Pour the melted butter over the topping.
    Return the cassava cake with topping to the oven. Broil at 400 F degrees for 12 to 14 minutes till top is brown and has a golden crust.

To serve:

  • Take the cooked cassava cake with the topping out of the oven. Cool on the counter till it is at room temperature.
    Once cooled, cover with foil and refrigerate to firm up for at least 4 to 6 hours or up to overnight.
    Slice in squares and serve warm or chilled as a dessert or snack.

Cook's comments:

  • Keep refrigerated at all times. This keeps in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
    When broiling, keep in mind the oven tends to get extremely hot, so keep an eye on the cassava while top is starting to brown. Do not leave the kitchen nor leave the oven unattended or it will burn at this stage of broiling.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 50g

Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

Did you like this recipe? I have more Filipino Instant Pot recipes in my newest cookbook Instant Filipino Recipes: My Mother’s Traditional Philippine Cooking in A Multicooker Pot by Elizabeth Ann Besa-QuirinoBuy my cookbooks and books on Amazon.com sold worldwide in paperback and Kindle format.

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  1. Your cake sounds really interesting and different. I am having a cookie bake off at my home on Friday to help raise funds for the red cross for the recent disaster in the Philippines. My heart goes out to all of those affected.

  2. Hi,
    I made this cake but I don’t like the topping. Instead of reserving portions of the ingredients for the topping, can i mix them in with the cake mixture? Or would it be too runny. Thank you!

    1. Hi Debbie, I’ve never mixed the topping ingredients into the cassava cake itself, so I can’t tell you how it will turn out. But, you’re welcome to try.

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