How To Bake Ube Cake (Filipino Purple Yam Cake)

Ube cake, also known as ube halaya cake, is a typical Filipino chiffon or sponge cake prepared with ube halaya. It’s a distinctively brilliant purple color, as are other ube-based foods in the Philippines. Alternative names for purple yam cake are Ube sponge cake, Ube chiffon cake, and Purple cake. Cake with Ubes


Ube Cake (Filipino Purple Yam Cake) Recipe

Ube cake (also known as Filipino purple yam cake) is unlike any other cake you've ever had. It smells nice, earthy, and purple! A must-have for any Filipino get-together.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert
Cuisine Philippines
Calories 590 kcal


For the Ube Cake Batter:

  • 2 ½ cups  sifted cake flour
  • 2 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½  tsp  salt
  • 2 tsp ube extract see notes
  • ½  cup vegetable oil
  • ½  cup  milk
  • pcs  egg yolks from large eggs room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar see notes
  • ½ cup ube jam see notes

For the Meringue:

  • 8 pcs  egg whites from large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

For the Ube Swiss Meringue Buttercream:

  • pcs  egg whites from large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tablespoons
  • pinch salt
  • cups  unsalted butter cut into parts, room temperature
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside three 8-inch circular baking pans that have been lined with parchment paper.
  • Sift 2 12 cup cake flour, 2 12 teaspoon baking powder, and 12 teaspoon salt into a large mixing basin.
  • Combine 2 teaspoons ube extract, 12 cup vegetable oil, and 12 cup milk in a smaller bowl. Remove from the equation.
  • In a separate large mixing basin, beat egg yolks with a handheld electric mixer until pale yellow, gradually adding 13 cup sugar (about 7 minutes on medium-high speed).
  • 12 cup ube jam, beaten until smooth with no large lumps If you want your cake to be a bright purple color, add gel food color now and whisk the batter until the color is well dispersed.
  • Just until mixed, fold a third of your flour mixture into your egg mixture. Then fold in half of your milk mixture, another third of your flour, the rest of your milk, and the final third of your flour, just until mixed. Make sure the batter isn't overworked.
  • Beat the 8 egg whites on medium-high speed in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or in a handheld electric mixer – making sure the beaters are clean, dry, and grease-free) until frothy.
  • After that, whisk in 1 teaspoon cream of tartar until it becomes very frothy.
  • Gradually add 34 cup sugar to the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  • To lighten the cake batter, mix around 12 cups of the meringue into it.
  • Then fold your cake batter in thirds into the meringue until fully combined.
  • Bake the cake batter in the prepared pans for 20-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool thoroughly by placing the pans upside down on a cooling rack.


Nutrition Information:
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated Fat: 27g
  • Cholesterol: 89mg
  • Sodium: 109mg
  • Potassium: 195mg
  • Sugar: 35g
  • Vitamin A: 970IU
  • Calcium: 70mg
  • Iron: 0.3mg
Keyword Ube Cake

Final Thought:

Ube cake (also known as Filipino purple yam cake) is unlike any other cake you’ve ever had. It’s sweet and earthy, and it’s purple to die for! A must-have for any Filipino get-together. (Are you on the lookout for cupcakes? Check out this recipe for ube cupcakes with ube whipped cream on top. Do you crave ube but aren’t in the mood for cake? This weekend, prepare some ube waffles or ube crinkles, or try this delicious ube cheesecake with coconut cookie crust and coconut whipped cream.

I'm Jennifer Tirrell, a self-taught baker, and founder of CakeRe. As an experienced baker and recipe publisher, I have spent over a decade working in the kitchen and have tried and tested countless baking tools and products. From classic cakes to creative twists, I've got you covered. So grab your apron and let's get baking!

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