(This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission when you make a purchase using my link.)
Yema Custard Frosting. The words just roll around your tongue like a bite of cake slathered in this decadent Filipino Style Dulce de Leche
What is Yema?
Yema is a condensed milk custard in the Philippines. Eggs and milk are reduced/cooked down to a soft solid, cut and shaped into bite sized pieces, then wrapped in cellophane. I used to buy it per piece in our school’s cafeteria. The sweet little morsels of custard were heavenly!
How to Safely Cook Yema Custard Frosting
Insert pretty picture here or food safety? Let’s talk reality.
The important number to remember is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. I know food safety is not a palatable topic specially when I want to create a vision of luscious custard over a light and airy cake. However, it’s important to prevent ourselves and our loved ones from getting sick.
Yolks have a higher risk of salmonella than egg whites. I’m still a but iffy with the use of egg white powders/meringue powders used to ice sugar cookies but that’s another story. In reality, we all put ourselves at risk when eating sunny side up eggs. Most bacteria in food is killed at 140 F but not e.coli and salmonella.
The magic temperature to make yema frosting is 160 F. I use a digital thermometer and recommend any cook/baker to have one too.
You can get your digital thermometer here
*as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you.
If you want to learn more about cooking with eggs, Incredible Egg’s Egg Safety Tips is a good resource.
Ingredients for Frosting
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- Pour sweetened condensed milk in a pan
- Add egg yolks
- Mix slowly until fully combined
- Cook the mixture on medium low heat
- Mix frequently until mixture thickens
- Switch between low to medium low heat to prevent milk from burning
- Bring temperature of custard to 160 F to 162 F
- Remove from heat
Yema Custard Frosting – Filipino style Dulce de Leche
Easy to make Philippine style dulce de leche frosting
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 20 minutes
- Yield: 1 to 1 1/2 cups
2 egg yolks
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
Pour sweetened condensed milk in a pan
Add egg yolks
Mix slowly until fully combined
Cook the mixture on medium low heat
Mix frequently until mixture thickens
Switch between low to medium low heat to prevent milk from burning
Bring temperature of custard to 160 F to 162 FRemove from heat
Practice safety when cooking egg yolks. Use a thermometer for cooking and temp custard at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
Keywords: yema, dulce de leche, custard frosting, dulce de leche frosting, easy custard frosting, easy filipino recipe, easy filipino sweets, easy yema recipe
Say yay for more Yema!