How to Make the Best Cassava Cake
If you’re familiar with Filipino cuisine, you probably have heard at least once about this favorite dessert they call as “cassava cake.” In the Philippines, it’s a very common and even considered as staple food because the main ingredient, cassava, or “kamoteng kahoy” in the local dialect is found just about anywhere. In the West, cassava is more known for use of its starch, like when in making tapioca.
And while there already exists more than a handful of variations to this recipe, the truth is cassava cake always retains that distinctiveness combination of sweetness and thickness not found in other cake recipes. And what’s really nice about making cassava cake is that you don’t need to be an expert in baking or cooking to make this work.
So, without further ado, here are the steps in making cassava cake without the need for fancy equipment or tools or even skills.
But before we begin, obtain these ingredients first: two packs of grated cassava, two cups of coconut milk, evaporated milk, eggs, grated cheddar cheese, butter, condensed milk, and granulated white sugar. Aside from those, you likewise will need half a cup of condensed milk, two tablespoons of sugar and flour, grated cheddar cheese, and two cups of coconut milk in making the topping.
Step 1 – We start by making the cassava batter. Grab a mixing bowl and put the grated cassava, milk, butter, portion of the cheese, eggs, sugar, and coconut milk in it. It is recommended that you mix all the ingredients well using a wire whist. It’s quite obvious that anyone can do this batter step without any special skills; and the fact is it only will take a couple of minutes to get it done.
Step 2 – For the next step, all you have to do is get a baking pan that’s already greased with oil. You can do this in two ways: first, spray cooking oil, or second, pour oil and spread using your fingers. At this point, pour the cassava mixture to the baking pan. You probably already know that the oven must be preheated at this point.
Step 3 – This actually is called the baking stage. And while the baking is in progress, you must do something else. At this point, you can start prepping the topping. Bear in mind that there is no such thing as a cassava cake without the topping. If others tell you that you can skip this step, then don’t believe them because you’ll end up with a dry and dull product. The fact is there’s really no need to skip because this step is relatively easy. You just have to mix all the topping ingredients mentioned earlier and then cook them over medium heat until the texture is thick enough.
Step 4 – Finally, pour the cooked topping over the baked cassava cake and spread evenly. Put some extra cheese, bake it again for a couple of minutes and you’re done!