A Filipino celebration isn’t full with out dessert, and one of the crucial well-known muffins is ube cake from Purple Ribbon or Goldilocks. This cake sometimes is available in a conventional spherical, sheet cake, or roll cake variation, nevertheless it’s at all times moist, nutty, and scrumptious. Some muffins even embody macapuno (coconut string jam)—a fully welcome accomplice in crime with any ube dessert.
Though I’ve grown up consuming all issues ube, together with this tasty cake, it wasn’t till latest years that ube has gotten exponentially well-liked in each type. From cake to ube crinkle cookies, ube ice cream, and even ube waffles.
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It’s gotten so well-liked that generally it’s even troublesome to search out ube cake from my native Purple Ribbon store, so I’ve made my very own model that features my favourite issues. This ube cake offers you ultra-moist chiffon ube cake layers, macapuno filling, and coconut milk and ube buttercream frosting.
Making the cake from scratch vs boxed cake combine
Historically, ube cake from Purple Ribbon is made utilizing a chiffon cake recipe, which is a cake made with conventional substances of flour, eggs, and sugar, but in addition contains vegetable oil to supply an additional moist cake and meringue to create an ethereal texture.
After testing completely different recipes, I ended up doing a nontraditional substitution for the vegetable oil. As a substitute of utilizing oil and milk for moist substances, I used coconut cream to get a extra flavorful cake and preserve the added fatty moisture—two birds with one stone.
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In the event you’re in a pinch, you can too use boxed cake combine, nevertheless, I’m not too certain how utilizing coconut cream would have an effect on the feel. I might undoubtedly advocate making this batter from scratch as a result of utilizing cake flour actually offers you a softer cake as a result of decrease gluten.
100% actual ube vs powder vs extract
For this recipe, I used ube puree that I made by rehydrating pure ube powder and water along with ube extract. Because of the recognition of ube, it’s been getting tougher to entry frozen ube puree or ube roots.
Getting your fingers on ube powder is a lifesaver as a result of it lasts longer on the shelf and you’ll rehydrate it whenever you want. You can even make ube halaya with the powder too.
To rehydrate ube powder, I used a 1 to five ratio of ube powder to water and cooked it over a range whereas stirring till the powder rehydrated. One caveat about ube powder is that it may be fairly gritty throughout cooking or rehydrating, so it might take a while to completely absorb the water over the range so be affected person.
A quicker option to get ube is utilizing ube halaya (which frequently occasions is cooked with sugar so be aware whenever you add it to this recipe) or ube extract. I exploit ube extract to get a deeper purple colour and concentrated nutty and vanilla taste for my cake.
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Be aware: ube extract lists “natural ube identical flavoring, water, preservatives, and food coloring,” so if this isn’t your factor you’ll be able to omit it out of your cake, however the ube taste received’t be as pronounced. You can even use pure meals coloring to get a deeper violet.
Usually occasions whenever you eat ube flavored something at a retailer and its deep purple, you might be most probably consuming ube extract. I joke about how we’re so used to consuming ube extract (as a substitute of pure ube roots) that almost all of us in all probability don’t know what actual ube tastes like as of late.
The macapuno (coconut string jam)
Macapuno is a Tagalog time period for “coconut string jam,” and you could find it available at your native Filipino retailer, and even at a common Asian retailer like Ranch 99. It’s utilized in many Filipino desserts, like halo halo. Coconut and ube flavors go collectively like peanut butter and jelly, so it’s the proper filling for this cake.
How to make ube buttercream frosting
Ube cake is well-known for its vivid purple whipped frosting and generally crumb cake outer layer, however I’ve by no means been a fan of this whipped cream frosting. It usually occasions doesn’t final in hotter climate and melts, and it additionally doesn’t style pretty much as good pretty much as good previous buttercream frosting.
For this recipe, I used a whipped buttercream frosting and added coconut cream (together with some drops of ube extract) to brighten my cake in an ombre fashion. One of the crucial necessary components of this frosting is to whip up your butter for 5 minutes within the stand mixer—this creates a lightweight and delicate base on your sugar and coconut cream. It takes about 10 minutes to complete the frosting, nevertheless it’s value it!
Serving and storage
In the event you’re like me and might’t wait, you’ll be able to serve and eat this cake instantly. I might additionally advocate chilling the cake within the fridge for about 20-Half-hour earlier than serving to take pleasure in a agency texture within the cake and icing. When you’ve got further cake, retailer it in an hermetic container within the fridge and it ought to final for a few days.
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