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Easy Ube Cake -Purple Yam Cake

Easy Ube Cake -Purple Yam Cake

Important Note: The recipe below is ONLY for the cake. You can pick whatever frosting you’d like as long as it is light and mildly sweet to avoid overpowering the flavor of the cake.

This Easy Ube Cake Recipe is for the non-bakers, the small city residents without a Filipino bakery, and people who don’t have much time but still want some good ole’ pinoy sweet Ube Cake.  Now, it might not be as good as Nanay’s or Lola’s but I tell you, this Ube cake will be your own.  You’ll take it to parties, bake it with your kids, and bake it for special occasions.

Easy Ube Cake - Purple Yam Cake

Any American brand white or yellow Cake Mix can be used for this recipe to make it easier for the amateur baker.  The result is a cake that’s sweeter in flavor with a denser texture compared to the Filipino version.

Don’t panic if you don’t know how to make frosting from scratch! The easiest and fastest way to bake and serve this cake is to use store bought whipped cream.  Bake the cake, leave it to cool, then spread that whipped cream like you milked the cow yourself. Own it.

Recommended frosting for Easy Ube Cake – Purple Yam Cake
  • Whipped Cream 
  • Buttercream 
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

For this cake, I used Handle the Heat’s awesome Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe with less sugar ( 1 cup instead of 1 1/4 cup). 

Tips for Easy Ube Cake – Purple Yam Cake

  • Use parchment paper for the bottom of the cake pan
  • Wait for cake to cool before flipping  cake on to a plate
  • Wait for cake to cool before frosting to prevent melting

Kitchen Tools:

  • Hand Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Large Bowl
  • Two 8 inch round cake pans
  • Parchment Paper
Ube Cake Layered with Buttercream Frosting and Macapuno

Easy Ube Cake -Purple Yam Cake

Easy Ube Cake - Purple Yam Cake

An easy Ube Cake recipe for amateur bakers or for people who want to save time in the kitchen.  This easy Ube Cake – Purple Yam Cake is sweeter in flavor with a denser texture compared to the Filipino version.

  • Author: AmusingMaria
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 29
  • Total Time: 39
  • Yield: 10


Cooking Spray
1/2 cup softened butter
1 Jar Ube Jam (15 oz)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Wilton’s Gel Violet Color
1 1/2 teaspoon Ube extract
3 large eggs
White or Yellow Cake Mix (15.25 oz)
Macapuno or Toasted Coconut


  • Trace 2 cake pan circles on parchment and cut
  • Lightly grease bottom of cake pan with cooking spray
  • Place parchment on bottom of cake pan
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cream butter until light and fluffy
  • Add Ube Jam, Violet color, and Ube extract
  • Add egg one at a time and mix gently (do not overwhip)
  • Add cake mix
  • Fold in mixture gently until combined
  • Adjust violet color to preference
  • Pour cake batter evenly on cake pans
  • Bake for 25 to 29 or until toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool and top with frosting and macapuno or toasted coconut





Cake is done when a cake tester (toothpick, knife, or fork) comes out clean when cake is pierced in the middle.

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  1. Carol Cruz
    March 28, 2019 at 7:53 PM Reply

    It looks scrumptious…

    • AmusingMaria
      April 1, 2019 at 9:38 AM Reply

      Thanks Carol, it is a scrumptious cake!

  2. Benny
    October 31, 2019 at 12:05 AM Reply

    The cake mix asks for water, eggs, and vegetable oil. Am I ignoring all that?

    • AmusingMaria
      October 31, 2019 at 10:51 AM Reply

      Hi Benny, just follow the recipe included in this post and not the recipe thats’s printed on the cake mix box. Happy Baking!

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