A childhood friend just sent me a message asking for the recipe for Cassava cake we made when we were growing up. This cake brings a lot of lovely childhood memories. I remember fixing it with my girlfriends Joy, Gigi and Maita. We had fun grating the cassava and making all kinds of mistakes in putting this recipe together.
In the Philippines, we make everything from scratch. You grate the cassava, squeeze the excess liquid and just use the cassava flesh. This is a very easy recipe (except for the grating part). It is also gluten free.
This is also my brother’s favorite dessert, along with another sweet dessert, Leche Flan.
4 c grated cassava (squeeze out all the liquid after grating )
2 eggs, beaten
2/3 c sugar
1 c evaporated milk
1 c fresh milk
1 can coconut cream (if using fresh coconut, this is the first extraction or “kakang gata”)
¼ c melted butter
1 cup coconut milk (second extraction), optional – only add if you want a less dense cake.
1 can condensed milk
2 tbsp corn starch
1 cup coconut cream
2 eggyolks, beaten
Grated cheese, optional
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.
Grease a 13 x 9 inch pan (some people just line it with aluminum foil). Pour the mixture and bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted (in the middle, or thickest part of the cake) comes out clean.
Prepare the custard topping.
In a small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the condensed milk and set aside.
Combine condensed milk with cornstarch and coconut cream in a saucepan. Bring to boil in medium low fire, stirring constantly.
Place beaten egg yolks in a small ball. Slowly add custard mixture (one tablespoon at a time) to temper the eggs and not curdle it. Add egg yolk mixture back to the saucepan stirring constantly. Cook for 2 minutes.
Add the custard after the cake is done baking. You can add grated cheese on top if you desire. Put it back in the oven and set the oven on “broil”. Bake for another 10 minutes or until the custard turns slightly brown.
Let the cake cool down before slicing.
If you are using fresh cassava, make sure that you do not grate the hard stem in the middle. Grate around it.
Squeeze out the liquid and discard it. The liquid that is extracted is bitter and we don’t want it to affect the taste of our cake.
When you broil the custard, make sure you watch your oven. Some ovens are too hot and it can burn your cake. I leave my oven slightly open every time I set it on broil.