Cassava Cake Recipe

Linda Johnson Larsen
Cassava Cake

Ingredients for Cassava Cake Recipe

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages, or 4 cups, grated cassava
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk, divided
  • 1 (16 ounce) can coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light cream
  • 1/2 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9" x 13" pan with nonstick baking spray containing flour and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the grated cassava, 1 cup of the sweetened condensed milk, the coconut milk, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, eggs, egg yolk, salt, and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the cake for 55 to 65 minutes or until it is set and the top is very lightly browned.
  5. Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a wire rack.
  6. To make the topping, combine the flour, 1/4 cup sugar, light cream, remaining sweetened condensed milk, and cream cheese in a medium saucepan.
  7. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture is smooth and starts to thicken.
  8. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the cake. Sprinkle with the coconut.
  9. Preheat the oven to broil.
  10. Broil the cake for 3 to 6 minutes, watching carefully and turning the cake occasionally, until the topping is browned.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack.
  12. Cut into squares to serve.

Serves 12 to 16

Tips and Variations

  • This cake recipe is popular in the Philippines. Cassava is a woody shrub. Its root is peeled and grated for use in this cake.
  • You can use light cream in place of the sweetened condensed milk if you'd like, or use all coconut milk.
  • Some recipes for Cassava cake, known as Bánh khoai mì, call for using shredded Cheddar cheese in the topping, which makes the topping orange. You can substitute 1-1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese for the cream cheese in this recipe. If you choose this variation, omit the shredded coconut on top.
  • Frozen grated cassava is available at many large grocery stores, or you can order it online.
  • This cake is delicious after an Asian or Philippine meal, or you can serve it as a snack with coffee or tea.
Cassava Cake Recipe