Deliciously starchy cassava (yuca or manioc) is combined with creamy coconut milk and fragrant mung bean to make this scrumptious sweet treat. My recipe makes a simple batter that when baked yields a golden cake that is moist, slightly chewy and just sweet enough. Cut the cake into small pieces and enjoy as finger-food. It makes a perfect little snack or a casual dessert. Enjoy!
Notes on the Recipe, Tips and Tricks
Use fresh or frozen cassava. Frozen cassava is really convenient but fresh cassava definitely tastes better. See my video for how to prepare fresh cassava.
Be sure to mix the mashed mung well so there aren’t big chunks in the batter. Optionally, use an electric mixer to get the batter smooth.
If you’d like a chewier texture, add another 1-2 Tbsp tapioca starch.
This cake is medium in sweetness. Adjust the sweetness to your preference. Optionally, use a sugar substitute.
If you don’t want to add the mashed mung bean, add more grated cassava to make up the difference.
Line the cake pan with parchment paper to make removing the cake a cinch.
The cake will deflate when it cools and this is normal.
Store any remaining portions in the refrigerator and consume within the week. To reheat, warm the cake in the microwave for 15-20 seconds. You can freeze the cake for up to 3 months when stored in an air-tight container.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Transfer the thawed cassava into a colander and allow to drain for 15 minutes.
In a large bowl, add the drained cassava, mashed mung bean, sugar, tapioca starch, coconut milk and vanilla extract. Mix well making sure the batter is free of lumps.
Coat a 9-inch round pan evenly with vegetable oil.
Pour the batter into the oiled baking pan. Holding the sides of the pan, jiggle the pan gently and tap on the counter a few times to settle the batter.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Check to see if the cake is done by inserting a toothpick. It should come out clean.
Brush the top of the cake with melted butter.
Bake on 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until the cake is golden on top.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.
Run a spatula around the cake to loosen it from the pan. Remove the cake from the pan using a large spatula.
To serve, cut into small wedges or bite-sized pieces.
Yields: 4-6 servings
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