Filipino Cassava Cake Recipe

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You’ll love this Filipino Style Cassava Cake. If you’ve never had it, you’re in for a real treat. If you’ve had plenty of Cassava Cake before, you’re probably here to look for the Best Cassava Cake recipe out there. (You’ve found it!)

Filipini Cassava Cake ona table with tea , milk and flowers around it

Hey Readers, If you’ve never had a Cassava Cake, you’re in for a real treat. This popular Asian dessert is in a class of its own. Seriously this lush treat is held in higher regard than the multitude of other local rice cakes or puddings in the Philippines.

Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake is a hearty dessert for special occasions or you can serve it as a  sweet yet heavy snack. Best of all is that it’s sooooooo easy to make that your kids can make it on their own.

Cassava cake on a table


But before we make this easy Cassava Cake let’s talk tools.

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Here are some of the items you will need to make this Cassava Cake.

How to Make Cassava Cake

Making Cassava Cake is pretty easy. The main thing is getting hold of all the ingredients. You can get frozen grated cassava from ethnic stores. And from then it is a simple process. The first thing is to make the Cassava Cake batter, followed by the sweetened luscious and decadent custard topping. Seriously cooking this is very easy.

Making Cassava Cake Batter

  1. Step 1. This is as simple as thoroughly combining the grated cassava, butter, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, cheese, sugar, and eggs and coconut milk in a mixing bowl using a whisk. Sooooooo many good flavours in here.
  2. Step 2. This Cassava Cake mixture then goes into a greased rectangular baking dish and is baked for 1 hour in a hot oven.
  3. Step 3. Once done it needs to be set aside to cool down.

Ingredients for Cassava Cake - grated cassava, egg, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cheese, coconut milk, sugar

Creamy Cassava Cake batter.

Cassava Cake Batter

Cassava cake set aside to cool down.

Filipino Cassave cake on a table

Making Cassava Cake Topping

The coconut caramel custard topping is also easy to make and very lush.

  1. Step 1. Prepare the cassava cake custard by combining the sugar, cornflour and condensed milk in a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  2. Step 2. Add the cheese while stirring constantly with a whisk.
  3. Step 3. Pour the coconut milk and stir constantly for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Step 4. Pour the custard over the cassava cake (baked batter) and using a spatula spread evenly.
  5. Step 5. Grill / Broil the Cassava Cake until the topping colour turns light brown.
  6. Step 6. Serve and enjoy.
    Coconut Caramel Cassava Cake topping
Adding in the cheese.
Cheese added to cassava cake topping

 Adding in the coconut milk…..

Making cassava cake topping with coconut milk

The coconutty custard all over the cassava cake (baked batter).
cassava cake in a bowl with coconut caramel topping


Then you are good to dig right in. Seriously, I could face plant myself in Filipino Cassava Cake every single day.

The cheese topping is optional as the cake itself tastes good on its own. For a more authentic taste, then please use cheddar cheese. Because of the unique texture of cassava cake and its fab cheese topping, you might want to try serving it with a dry sweet wine.

Guys, this really is a perfect and Easy Cassava Cake Recipe which will serve as a fab and oh so different in a good way creamy dessert. It is soooooo worth trying.

A slice of cassava cake

Cassava Cakes Tips, Tricks & More

  • If you have an abundance of fresh cassava, then grate it yourself using a box grater and freeze it in the right quantities to make this cassava pudding when you need it. See the section below on how to prepare cassava.
  • Do squeeze the excess moisture out of the freshly grated cassava or the frozen cassava before using it.
  • If not gluten-free you can use flour instead of cornflour.

What Does Cassava Cake Taste Like?

It is rich, creamy, moist, coconutty with a little texture from the grated cassava.

How Long Can Cassava Cake Last?

Great question. You can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 days with no problems.

Can you freeze cassava cake?

Yes you can. Let the cake cool down, slice it and freeze in an air tight container or ziploc bags for up to 3 months.

Cassava Cake Toppings

I have left the Cassava Cake Topping pretty simple for this with a coconut caramel topping. You can add cheddar cheese or egg yolks to the custard for colour or some grated nutmeg. Just go with what you like.

Is Cassava Cake Gluten-free?

Yes as long as you use this recipe here, then you Cassava Cake will be gluten-free.


3 slices of filipino cassava cake on a plate with tea and flowers

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Coconut Cassava Bars.

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Do you have cassava cakes recipes you want to share? Please do so in our comments section!

What is Cassava

Cassava is a starchy root vegetable( tuber) common in places like South America, Asia and Africa.  This nutty flavour vegetable is a main source of carbs and calories for people living in these areas.

Cassava is the root is super versatile and can cooked whole (boiled, baked, steamed or roasted), cut and fried, ground into a coarse flour or grated like in this recipe.  It is also the base of garri (West Africa) and tapioca (just think porridge and bubble tea).  I have had it in a salad, stews, cake, bread, roasted with some sweet chilli in porridge and have had garri in granola and as a breadcrumb type seasoning.

Around the world, cassava is also known as manioc, Brazillian arrowroot or yuca. 

While most Western and European cuisines only use the cassava as either a garnish or an appetizer,  African and Asian dishes give the cassava a more major role. Just check out this cassava pudding to see what I mean.

Nutrition Data reports that raw cassava is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is a good source of manganese and a very good source of vitamin C. Here’s an easy-to-follow adapted cake  Panlasang Pinoy r recipe.

Grated Cassava in a bowl

How To Prepare Cassava

  • Make sure you select cassava roots that are firm and blemish free
  • Cut off the tapered ends, and slice into 3 inch round ends using a sharp knife (vegetable peelers will not work).
  • Place each section vertically and peel off the (thick) skin one section at a time.
  • When peeled cut each section vertically into quarters which will expose the woody centre.
  • Cut off the woody centre, and repeat till all the cassava sections are done.
  • Wash the quarters and grate using a cheese grater.
  • Use fresh or store in the freezer till needed.

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Originally posted Jan 2014 , Updated March 2018.

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Filipino Style Cassava Cake

Delish Filipino style cassava cake.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Servings: 14
Calories: 359kcal
Author: Bintu Hardy


  • 900 g grated cassava
  • 125 ml (0.5 cup) condensed milk
  • 250 ml (1 cup ) evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 0.75 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 400 ml (1.7 cup) coconut milk
  • Topping:
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 0.5 cup condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp Cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 tin coconut milk


  • Preheat the oven to fan-assisted 160C / 180C / 350F / gas 4.
  • Combine the grated cassava, condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, butter,  sugar, cheese and coconut milk in a mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  • Grease the baking tray, then pour-in the cassava cake batter.
  • Bake the cassava cake for 1 hr. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the topping by combining the sugar, flour and condensed milk in a saucepan and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the cheese while stirring constantly.
  • Pour the coconut milk and stir constantly for 8-10 mins
  • Pour the topping over the cassava cake (baked batter) and spread evenly.
  • Grill / Broil the Cassava cake until colour turns light brown.
  • Garnish with grated cheese and serve.
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For more Cassava Recipes why not check out these below
Coconut Cassava Bars.
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Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 300IU | Vitamin C: 14.2mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 1.4mg


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  2. HELLO PO..
    PLS.. HELP ME.

  3. Hi Bintu,

    I really want to make this this afternoon for my Aunty from overseas.
    I am from Australia and I know nothing about cooking lol but this looks real easy.

    Can you please help me out with the measurements? Like how big are the cans suppose to be or can you convert it to ‘cup size’ for me please?
    FYI – The coconut milk can here is about 400ml & evaporated milk can is 375ml .

    Would really appreciate your help. Thank you so much for this recipe. God Bless

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  5. I’m so used to having cassava in savory dishes at home and still adjusting to it in sweets. But it’s so good. This cake looks amazing and it’s making it hard for me to focus this morning.

  6. I’ve never tried cassava cake before but this looks delicious. Thank you for suggesting wines and other drinks that would go well with this cake. I find Reisling is always a good match with Asian flavours.

  7. That looks great and really original. I like your wine recommendation Bintu. GG