I’m back with another Filipino classic dessert, vegan cassava cake! This cake is not your typical cake, nope, it’s made with grated cassava and coconut milk. If I had to describe this cake, it’s soft with a mochi-like texture, moist, and topped with creamy vegan custard. It’s the ultimate snack or dessert, and easy to make as well! Did I mention this is naturally gluten-free?
This cake is something that I’ve loved eating as a kid. These were the kinds of desserts I would choose over anything else. I know, it’s crazy, especially with the things that I bake nowadays! However, treats like these, are what I enjoy the most because they aren’t overly sweet and are made with way better ingredients, sort of. All in all, for this recipe I decided to go back to my roots and make the foods that I ate and loved as a kid. And since my parents aren’t bakers, I also wanted to learn how to make these things for them as well. So that whenever they would come and visit me here in the mainland, I can easily make these Filipino treats for them!
Cassava (kamoteng kahoy in Tagalog), also known as, manioc, Brazilian arrowroot, or yuca (not to be confused with yucca), is a starchy tuberous root of a tree that grows in the tropics like Asia, Africa, and South America. Another key point, cassava is considered the third-largest source of carbohydrates in the tropics! Now, depending on how you prepare cassava, it can either have a mildly sweet or mildly bitter taste. As a result, many cooks use cassava in both savory and sweet recipes.
As I’ve mentioned earlier, this is not your typical cake. The base of this cake is cassava, and it’s what gives this cake its mochi-like texture. Made grated cassava, coconut milk, and sugar which is then combined into a batter and baked. It’s then topped with a choice of custard, shredded cheese, or caramel. You may also include other ingredients, such as macapuno strings, young coconut meat, desiccated coconut, or even more cheese! It’s up to your personal preference!
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