Cassava is a starchy root. This cassava cake is coated with shredded coconut. It’s a Malaysian kuih recipe. It’s sweet, dainty and delicious!
What is cassava? It is a woody shrub found in South America, tropical and subtropical regions.
It has an edible root which is starchy, fibrous and packed of carbohydrates. It is called yuca in the United States.
In Southeast Asian countries, for example: Malaysia, it is made into cassava cake. The cake is called “kuih bingka ubi” and great with coffee.
Kuih is a local term for bite-sized sweet cakes and served in the morning or as an after a sweet dessert.
This recipe is laborious and takes a long time to make from start to finish.
In the old days, this delicacy is hand made and everything is made from scratch.
In home kitchen, you can make the recipe by mixing grated cassava, sugar, coconut milk, water, potato starch and salt until well combined.
Next, steam the mixture in a steamer until it firms up and cooked.
Finally, cut the cake into bite-sized pieces and coat evenly with the shredded coconut before serving.
No, the main ingredient is the root. The flour or starch is not a substitute for this recipe.
You can use the starchy root to make a variety of recipes, for example: chips, bread, tortilla, etc.
The plant and leaves are not edible. The root is edible and healthy. It’s a popular ingredient in South America and Southeast Asia.
In the United States, it’s very hard to find fresh cassava. However, you can find frozen cassava in Asian stores.
It is packaged in a plastic bag and grated.
This recipe is only 456 calories per serving.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
You can use frozen grated cassava if you can’t find fresh cassava. If using frozen cassava, squeeze out the liquid from the defrosted grated cassava before use. This recipe calls for fresh shredded coconut or frozen shredded coconut (can be found at the frozen section at Asian grocery stores). Dry shredded coconut doesn’t work well for this recipe. You can use a round pan instead of square.
Amount Per Serving Calories 1681Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 22mgSodium 559mgCarbohydrates 338gFiber 21gSugar 43gProtein 22g