Easy, creamy & cheesy delicious cassava cake recipe

                by Joost Nusselder | Updated:  July 18, 2021

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Filipinos celebrate every occasion and it doesn’t matter what the occasion is: you can always serve cassava cake as a delicious treat!

Cassava cake contains sugar, eggs, coconut milk, and of course, freshly grated cassava, and a little grated cheese to top it off.

Its creaminess is what makes it a favorite dessert and sets it apart from others you might try, so let’s start making a batch!

Creamy and cheesy cassava cake

Cassava cake recipe, tips, and preparation

Cassava Cake Recipe

Easy, creamy & cheesy cassava cake recipe

Joost Nusselder
This cassava cake recipe contains sugar, eggs, coconut milk and of course, grated cassava.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 15 pcs
Calories 591 kcal


  • lbs cassava grated
  • 6 cups coconut milk (squeezed from 2 coconuts)
  • 1 big can evaporated milk
  • 1 lb brown sugar (Segunda)
  • 1 tbsp butter for greasing

for toppings:

  • cups coconut cream
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 big can condensed milk
  • 1 small packet cheddar cheese (grated)
  • macapuno (optional)


  • Mix the grated cassava, sugar, evaporated milk, and coconut milk.
    Mix ingredients for cassava cake base
  • Adjust your mixture by adding water if you think it's too dry. But don't make it too watery.
  • Grease the pan, pour in the cassava mixture, and bake in a preheated oven at 350° F for 1 hour until translucent in color. Make sure the mixture is evenly spread across the pan so it'll have the same moisture and consistency throughout the whole cake.
    Pour the cassava cake mixture into a pan
  • Remove it from the oven, mix all the toppings together except for the cheese, and cover the top of the cake with the mixture. You'll add the cheese on top just at the very end of baking to make sure it doesn't burn; it just has to melt. Then bake it again until this topping mixture is golden brown in color.
    Add the toppings to the cassava cake
  • Remove it from the oven again, add the grated cheese on top, and bake for another minute or so until the cheese is golden brown.
    Add grated cheese
  • Now it's ready to serve!
    Cassava cake recipe 4



Calories: 591kcalCarbohydrates: 86gProtein: 5gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 25gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 42mgPotassium: 688mgFiber: 3gSugar: 32gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 4mg
Keyword Cake, Cassava, Egg pie
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You make cassava cake in tin molds like the ones used in leche flan, which is also another favorite dessert in the Philippines. But any mold or oven tray will do, as long as it has high edges.

The base of the cake can get pretty creamy, but that’s what makes it delicious!

The trick is all in getting the texture just right. I like to use Carnation evaporated milk for this, which is just a little smoother in my opinion:

Carnation evaporated milk

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Make sure that you follow the directions, especially when it comes to the amount of moisture and sugar, and the minutes needed for baking this dessert to ensure that it’ll have that creamy, mouthwatering taste.

The other thing is the sweetness of the cake. If you have a sweet tooth, then you might want to add macapuno, like this one from Kapuso:

Kapuso macapuno

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Can you substitute ingredients in cassava cake?

Let’s look at some possible substitutes you might use if you don’t have certain ingredients.

Can you use frozen grated cassava for a cassava cake?

You can absolutely use frozen cassava for your cake. Just use the same amount you normally would and mix it in with the ingredients.

By the time you’ve put it in the oven, it’s probably already defrosted. But if it’s still really cold, just wait a few minutes before putting it in.

My favorite cassava to use for this is this Tropics bag of frozen cassava:

Tropics frozen cassava

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Can you make cassava cake with cassava flour?

You can make cassava cake using flour instead of grated cassava. The flour doesn’t give the cake the same consistency though, so if you opt to use flour, you should also replace the coconut milk with coconut shavings as well, to get that same consistency back into your cake.

You can use 2 cups of cassava flour and 1 extra cup of coconut shavings, preferably young coconut (macapuno).

Can you make cassava cake with tapioca flour?

Tapioca flour is made from cassava root, a vegetable that’s finely shredded before being washed and dehydrated to make the flour. The dried pulp of this plant becomes tapioca flour when it’s ground into a fine powder by mills or electric grinders.

So you can use it to make cassava cake as well! It’s actually cassava flour.

Can you make cassava cake without coconut milk?

You can make cassava cake without coconut milk. People usually add 2 eggs in the mix to give it a little more fluffiness and texture you might otherwise miss. Then add some extra condensed milk to make up for the lack of moisture you’d otherwise get.

Can you make a cassava cake ahead of time?

Cassava cake is delicious when fresh, but you can make it ahead of time. If you’re not going to eat yours the same day, just store it  in Tupperware and refrigerate! Anything longer will make for dry stacks of floury bricks that no one will want to mess with.

Ways to make cassava cake

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Favorite Asian Recipes

There are many ways you can prepare cassava, like simply boiling it and mixing in red sugar. But the most popular cassava cake recipe, which started in Lucban, Quezon, is the one that became a favorite for special occasions.

It’s also a favorite pasalubong” for family and friends, and why not? It’s one of the most deliciously creamy desserts or merienda you can ever have.

Several pasalubong centers in Southern Luzon offer a wide variety of take-home pies or cakes and the cassava cake is one of them.

The root crop, cassava, originated in Southern Mexico, but there’s plenty of it in the Philippines. Its plant grows about 3 meters tall and is called kamoteng kahoy in Tagalog.

Also check out this delicious cassava with coconut & cheese pichi-pichi fiesta food

Piece of Filipino Cassava cake

It’s also easy to prepare, as the preparation and cooking time only takes about 30 minutes each, making it ready after an hour!

Don’t forget to garnish it with grated cheese before serving. Your family and guests will surely love its creamy taste and your party will be a success.

A cup of hot and perfectly brewed coffee can be a good partner drink for this dessert, making it all the more mouthwatering.

Also read: how to make delicious nilupak mashed cassava

Health benefits of cassava cake

Did you know that aside from its wonderful taste, cassava cake is also beneficial to your health?

This root crop is packed with nutritional benefits. It contains vitamins A, C, E, and K. It also contains iron, which helps your blood carry oxygen all throughout your body.

It has 0 cholesterol, around 6% potassium, and only 1% of sodium.

Learn how to make this sweet mamon cake as well

Cassava Cake Recipe

It also has dietary fiber and protein, which gives you energy.

You can see now that in eating this dessert, it’s not just your stomach and taste buds that’ll benefit, but also your health. Imagine that!

It’s not often that you can get to eat something truly delicious without thinking of the bad effects on your health.

If you haven’t tried it, this is the time to allow yourself, your family, and friends to get a taste of this impeccable dessert.

Marami pong Salamat!!

Also read: homemade egg pie recipe you can’t resist

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