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Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

This recipe for Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing makes use of  Purple Yam Spread/Ube Jam/Ube Halaya (ha-lah-yah) and White Cake Mix. “Halaya” is Purple Yam or Ube that’s cooked down  with water and sugar to a thick paste consistency.

Stay tuned for Round and Sheet Cake instructions. Scroll down for Tips on how to bake Easy Ube Cupcakes and where to purchase ingredients.

Here is a video for Easy Ube Cupcakes:

Here is the new recipe for Coconut Cream Frosting

Coconut Cream Frosting

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Tips for Easy Ube Cupcakes:

  • The Ube extract is necessary. It makes the cake taste scrumptiously irresistible.
  • Purple/Violet food coloring is optional but the cake will have a lilac color.
  • To make a ring or bundt cake, increase bake time to 40-45 minutes
  • Scroll down or click here on how to make Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Filling
  • Scroll down or click here for Ube Bundt Cake bake time.

Where to purchase some of your ingredients for Easy Ube Cupcakes:

  • Ube  or Purple Yam Flavoring – Filipino Grocery store or online at FilStop.com  or Amazon.com
  • White Cake mix – local grocery store
  • Ube Jam or Halaya – Filipino or Asian grocery store
  • Coconut Cream – local or Filipino or Asian grocery store

Ube Cake is a memorable staple for anyone who grew up in the Philippines or for anyone who has close ties to Filipino Food. It is a cake that is centered around parties be it birthdays, graduations, Christmas, and New Year’s.  In summary, developing recipes is always fun but sometimes challenging.  I learned so much from Christine, my best friend and cake expert, who helped in creating the recipe Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing.  Ube Cake is once again a part of my life that’s worth remembering. Christine has since moved to the West Coast which makes this recipe development project, aka girl time, unforgettable.

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

  Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Filling

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

Ube Bundt Cake or Ring Cake

Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing


Easy Ube Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Icing

An easy version of a Filipino Food dessert favorite!

  • Author: Amusingmaria.com
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 48 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cupcakes 1x


For the cupcakes

  • 1/4 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 15 oz jar UBE
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp Wilton’s (gel) violet icing coloring
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoon UBE extract
  • 1 box white cake mix

For coconut cream and sugar Frosting

  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup Coconut Cream (use only the thick semi-solid part of the cream)
  • 3/4 cup Confectioner’s Sugar (sifted – optional)

To make frosting thick/stable:

  • 1 1/2 tsp Unflavored Gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons of hot water


For the Cupcakes

  1. Line cupcake baking sheets
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F
  3. Cream Butter until light and fluffy
  4. Mix Ube, icing coloring, and ube extract
  5. Add egg one at a time and mix (do not over whip)
  6. Add cake mix
  7. Fold in mixture until all ingredients are combined
  8. Adjust violet color to preference
  9. Spoon evenly into lined cupcake pan (about 24 cupcakes)
  10. Bake for 15 to 18 mins or until toothpick comes out clean
  11. Cool and top with Coconut Cream Icing

For the Coconut Cream Frosting

  1. Open can of Coconut Cream, drain and only use the thick cream
  2. Put Coconut Cream into a bowl
  3. Add Confectioners Sugar
  4. Mix until sugar is dissolved
  5. In a separate small bowl, dissolve gelatin in hot water by stirring the water continously
  6. Temper the gelatin by adding a tablespoon of coconut cream frosting to the gelatin while stirring quickly to avoid clumps
  7. Repeat step 6 twice (total of three tablespoons of coconut cream frosting)
  8. Mix the gelatin mixture slowly into the large bowl with the rest of the frosting
  9. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours
  10. Whip until soft peaks form
  11. Pipe on top of cupcakes or cakes

Keywords: Easy Ube Cupcakes



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  1. Jen
    June 18, 2018 at 1:46 PM Reply

    Hi! I’m about to try your recipe and I noticed that there’s no water or milk added into the batter. Am I reading it correctly?

    • AmusingMaria
      June 18, 2018 at 8:14 PM Reply

      Hi Jen, that’s correct, no water or milk. I also updated the post and added a video link on how to make the Easy Ube Cupcakes. Please follow, like, share the video too. Thanks for trying the recipe and I hope you like it! The video for the Coconut Cream Icing is in the works. happy baking!

  2. Tine
    October 24, 2018 at 10:53 PM Reply

    Can I used the recipe to make an ube cake?

    • AmusingMaria
      October 25, 2018 at 12:02 AM Reply

      Hi, unfortunately, I’ve only made this recipe as a ring cake or bundt cake and not a sheet cake. For the bundt cake, bake time should be about 40-45 minutes.

      • Meiko
        December 13, 2019 at 12:49 AM Reply

        Was wondering if you are going to make a video for ur Ube cake. Want to do this on 2 6” round pan. Thanks 😊 ~Meiko~

        • AmusingMaria
          January 2, 2020 at 11:01 PM Reply

          Hi Meiko! Thanks for your interest! Videos will be the priority for this year so stay tuned.

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