Cassava Cake

Cassava Cake with Custard Topping

I have the pleasure of hosting Kulinarya Cooking Club’s February challenge with Marni of Kensington Kitchen. February is the love month of the year and what better way to celebrate February than to reminisce about once first love. We asked our fellow KCC to prepare a dish that would make one recall our first love.

Kulinarya was started by a group of Filipino foodies living in Sydney, who are passionate about the Filipino culture and its colourful cuisine. Each month we will showcase a new dish along with their family recipes. By sharing these recipes, we hope you find the same passion and love for Filipino Food as we do.

ohhh first love…Growing up I didn’t have any clear idea on what love really is. Back then love for me would be that cute stares across the table or that one nice gesture out of the blue. That happy feeling would last a day or two with numerous diary entries of what could happen tomorrow. Love is a fairy tale, I’m the princess waiting for my prince charming to rescue me from all the hardships and pain.

I had my first heartbreak at 5 years old when I lost the one man in my life who gave me everything, my Papa. Since then I protected my heart but then some days I failed and met plenty of prince along the way who at the end changed into frogs.

One prince came by surprise, the day I met him bought tears and an overwhelming joy in my heart. He erased all the pain I had in the past. I knew then the moment I laid my eyes on him that this was what really love is. The one boy I know I would love forever.

October 17, 2007: The first time I met my little prince – Vierte


Let me share to you the first kakanin merienda (Filipino snack) I prepared for V – Cassava Cake with Custard Topping.

When I asked our Manang to teach me how to prepare this kakanin she kept on reminding me to clean the shredded cassava to take the “poison” out. I’m not sure if there is any truth to what our Manang said but just to be sure I brushed the root crop, peeled making sure that no bark is left on it and finally soak it in cold water and squeezed out the liquid. One friend told me though that his mom no longer soak and squeeze the cassava juice.

I got this recipe from Ate Agnes, a Mommy also base here in Dubai.



Cassava Cake with Custard Topping

2 cups Cassava, grated
3/4 cup Evaporated Milk
2 eggs
1 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Condensed Milk
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1/4 cup Butter, melted
Grated Cheese for additional topping

Custard topping:
1 cup reserved Cassava cake mixture
1/4 cup Condensed Milk



Preheat oven 180C.

In a large bowl combine grated cassava, eggs, sugar, evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and melted butter mix well.

*Strain 1 cup of the liquid for the topping.

Pour the remaining mixture to the prepared pan and bake for about 30 minutes till the sides are brown.
Custard Topping:

Cook reserve liquid mixed with condensed milk over medium heat till thick. Pour over the cook Cassava Cake and sprinkle some grated cheese on top and broil till the top becomes brown.



Fellow KCC members sharing a yummy dish for February:

Pork Sisig by The Peach Kitchen
Biko by My Twisted Recipes
Aphrodite’s Baked Oysters by Chef by Day
Shrimp and Tofu Lumpia Sariwa by Pinay in Texas
Arroz ala Cubana by Jun Blog
Tiramisu Sandwich by Oggi
Lechon Manok by Adoras Box
Avocado-Calamansi Sorbet by Sassy Chef
Fruit Compte ala Jacques Pepin by Skip to Malou
Chilli Crab by Reel and Grill
Pork Menudo by Senorita Sisa
Lomi by My Expat Mommy
Longganisa Pandesal Pizza by I love Sisig

  • Ma Joy Calipes

    Yum!  Cheers to you and your special one!  What a wonderful way for celebrating the love month with this, one of my favorite meryenda!  Thanks for hosting …

    • abigail

      You’re welcome. 

      I’m enjoying each story if only I could have a bite of each dish prepared this month. 

      • edlyn

        hi abigail ….pls send me this cassava cake recipe through my email…thank you!

        • abigail

          Hi Edlyn, the recipe is back on the post.

  • Boyet of Reel and Grill

    I long wanted to prepare this “kakanin” Abigail …. your images looks so delicious I might give this a try. Thanks. 

    • abigail

      you should! sobrang sarap lalo with coffee.

  • peachkins

    your little prince is so adorable and that cassava cake is mouthwatering!

    • abigail

      Thanks! He’s a big boy now and will be a Kuya soon.

  • dudut santiago

    cassava cake is a favorite! looks so moist and sweet!

    i may not have children but i kinda get the idea how it feels to have your own child and love him forever :)

    • abigail

      it’s a love that no matter what happens will remain. 

  • Didi

    This is one of my mom’s specialties…i miss :(

    • abigail

      Sorry I made you miss your mom. Gawa ka and call your mom while you enjoy every bite.

  • Jun Belen

    What a sweet tribute to V!  Love the custard topping. I’d scrape this off when I was a kid and eat it all to myself but now I know better to enjoy everything — in one big, delicious bite.  Thank you for a lovely challenge.  Made me think about relationships and the ties with food.

    • abigail

      Hi Jun! V does the same he scrapes of the custard and let me eat the cake hehehe

  • Theodore Salonga

    aaawww…. that’s sweet ! =) thanks for sharing your story and recipe ! =)

  • Margarita @ Pinoy Kitchenette

    My favorite!
    with lots of cheese toppings sarap!

    • abigail

      that’s what I forgot sa cake ko to put lots of cheese. I’m definitely going to do that on the next batch

  • Iska

    You just reminded me of exactly how I felt when I first laid my eyes on my little boy  :-)

    Thanks for sharing your cassava recipe.  I might give it a try sometime.  Love it; haven’t tried making it.  

    • abigail

      Let me know how it turns out :) 
      nothing compares to a mom’s love to the kids. 

  • Pearl @ Sassy Chef Recipes

    I haven’t made cassava cake before, but I always buy custard-topped ones too! :) They’remoist, cheesy, custard-y, and looks as good as the one you made :) That little prince will grow up into a loving man, I’m pretty sure!

    • abigail

      Thanks Pearl! You should try making one it’s easy and really yummy. 

  • Aikko Aragon

    I made cassava cakes when I was in highschool, it was a hit with my mom. I made it with a thin layer of kakaang gata with grated cheese for topping. I would have still make some now but kamoteng kahoy in Manila is hard to come by :) 

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  • Jhennil_24

    where I can buy grated cassava in Dubai? Please advise so I can try also.

    • abigail

      Hi Jhennil. I buy my fresh cassava at Lulu and grate it myself.