This is a great Filipino purple yam cake.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 3 layer 9 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line bottoms of 3 - 9 inch pans with parchment paper, but do not grease. Mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

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  • Place grated ube in a large bowl. Mix together 3/4 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla; gradually blend into ube until smooth. Blend in corn syrup, egg yolks, and oil. Beat in flour mixture until smooth; set aside.

  • In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until foamy. Gradually add sugar, then red and blue food coloring, continuing to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the center of cake bounces back when lightly tapped. Invert pans on a wire rack and let cool upside down. When cool, run a knife around the edges to loosen cake from pans. Fill between layers with coconut preserves, then frost top and sides with butter icing.

  • To make Butter Icing: Combine evaporated milk and 3/4 cup sugar. set aside. Cream butter until light and fluffy; gradually add sugar mixture, and continue beating to desired spreading consistency. Add food color, one drop at a time until desired tint is achieved.

Nutrition Facts

714 calories; protein 12g; carbohydrates 74.9g; fat 43.7g; cholesterol 167.5mg; sodium 468.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2008
Note: Ube (pronounced "OOH-bee") is also available in a jar precooked and mashed. It can also be found in a packet in the frozen section. Many Asian stores sell either form of ube. Sometimes its labeled as "ube" or "purple yam". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2006
NOTE: Use condensed milk instead of the evaporated and the icing will turn out. If you don't beat the batter too long the cake is not dry and doesn't crack. This was a work of love to make as is any from scratch recipe. Yes, I am a filipina. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 18
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 4 stars
08/10/2008
Note: Ube (pronounced "OOH-bee") is also available in a jar precooked and mashed. It can also be found in a packet in the frozen section. Many Asian stores sell either form of ube. Sometimes its labeled as "ube" or "purple yam". Read More
(157)
Rating: 3 stars
12/18/2006
NOTE: Use condensed milk instead of the evaporated and the icing will turn out. If you don't beat the batter too long the cake is not dry and doesn't crack. This was a work of love to make as is any from scratch recipe. Yes, I am a filipina. Read More
(113)
Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2007
I love purple yams and was looking for a purple yam cake recipe after I tried it at a birthday party and wow! I love this recipe! I made them into cupcakes and baked them for 13 minutes. So delicious moist and fluffy. I added the 1/2 cup of macapuno to the frosting (and used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk) and it was great (although very very sweet). I also didn't add color to the frosting because white was a nice contrast. I also had to double the food coloring in the cake batter because it wasn't purple enough (was grayish). This cake was a lot of work but well worth it I LOVE it!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2009
I used ube powder instead of grated ube and added 1/4 cup more milk to the mixture because of it. The cake turned out great and it tasted good too. I didn't use the frosting included with this recipe though. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2004
I made this cake for christmas eve dinner. I didn't make it a three layer cake. I used a spring form pan and just cooked it for 55min. the butter frosting for some reason just didn't work for me so i mad my own butter frosting. I served very small slices so as to not kill any one.lol(all the eggs and butter) But my family loved it. Would make it again if i was doing a philipino theme dinner again Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/18/2005
I tried the recipe and followed it word for word. The cake was dry and it was too much work. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/06/2006
I have to say one thing. Ube is one of those foreign dishes that is difficult to appreciate. You either have to be very open minded or have a native filipino tongue (assuming all native filipinos have eaten ube one time or other in their lifetime) to really enjoy this dish and appreciate ube for what it is. Thank you for providing this recipe to allrecipes.com! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/04/2007
the cake was dry i do a lot of baking the recipe is just like a chiffon cake minus the corn syrup and ube. i'm sorry just was disappointed esp. on the icing. i should have followed my instinct that the ing. should not be equal volumes. i ended doing another batch of butter icing the proper one. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2011
After reading several other reviews and following my own gut I made couple changes on this recipe. For one I added extra food coloring to get a vibrant color. I used about 3 tsp of each red and blue. I also mixed the ingredients slightly different I added the salt into the egg whites to make them stiff and fluffy. I did not add anything else to the egg whites and added the rest to the batter. I also beat the batter as minimal as possible just enough to get everything incorporated since this seemed to make the cake dry. I also decided to make cupcakes because I wanted small portions this made 24 cupcakes exactly and took 20 minutes to cook. I topped with a coconut cream cheese frosting and shredded coconut. I took them to work and set them in the break room they were gone by lunch and went over well:) People seemed to like the exotic food! Read More
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