These Desserts Have All Your Favorite Pinoy Flavors

Take your love for ube, leche flan, pastillas, yema and more, to a whole new level.

Yema, pastillas, ube, macapuno, buko pandan—these are just a few of our favorite Filipino flavors. What’s great about these is that they can be turned into delicious desserts. Here are a few Filipino cake recipes you need to try: 

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1 Basic Yema Cake Recipe

Who doesn’t love yema? The comforting sweet and creamy taste of milk, intensified, thickened—it’s a flavor most people have fallen in love with. Wrapping a cake in all that yema goodnessnow that’s what sweet dreams are made of.

Photo by Mark Jesalva

2 Layered Yema Cake

Want to elevate your yema cake? Add more yema. Cut your cake into layers and add more of that creamy, delicious sauce. This rich, thick yema sauce shines best with a light and fluffy chiffon cake.

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3 Chocolate Yema Cake

The deep, earthy, and bittersweet flavor of chocolate does a good job with balancing the rich sweetness of yema. Plus, you can make it without an oven! You have to give this steamed chocolate yema cake a shot.

Photo by Charlie Altomonte

4 Peanut Yema Cupcakes Recipe

How about churning out these easy yema cupcakes? The addition of nuts gives it an additional crunch that makes it even more delicious.

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5 Leche Flan Cake Recipe

This might be a stretch, but almost everyone loves leche flan. What’s not to love? The velvety texture, the sweet, milky taste; everything about it gets us hooked and wanting more.

This leche flan cake is infused with the nutty flavors of coffee.
Photo by Bianca Laxamana

6 Coffee Leche Flan Cake Recipe

You know what’s a great idea? Cake for breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day with a smile! Thanks to this recipe, you even get your caffeine fix.

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Photo by Bianca Laxamana

7 Ube Leche Flan Cake Recipes

Combine your two faves – ube and leche flan – in one recipe! Ube’s earthy flavor is a good contrast to the creamy custard flan. If you cook the cake recipe, all you’ll need is one pan. For the cupcakes, the leche flan tops are better than icing!

Photo by Patrick Martires

8 Pastillas Cake Recipe

Milk lovers, this is the dessert of your dreams. Pastillas’ creamy and unique texture is the star of this impressive cake.

Photo by Patrick Martires

9 Buko Pandan Cake Recipe

If you love buko pandan, it’s time you enjoy it as more than just a cooler. This brightly colored cake has that aromatically distinct pandan taste and the tropical flavor of coconut.

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10 Buko Pandan + Macapuno Cake Recipe

Upgrade your buko pandan obsession with macapuno! The sweet and chewy macapuno adds flavor and texture to your cake. Or, choose a similar recipe with another classic fave: ube!

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Photo by Patrick Martires

11 Pili Nut Cake Recipe

Pili nuts aren’t just a nutty and sweet addition, it also has that crunchy yet soft texture that’s unique to it. There’s so much more to pili nuts than just buying it from souvenir shops.

Photo by Charlie Altomonte

12 Mango Float Freezer Cake Recipe

The sweet flavor of Philippine mangoes should be on anyone’s list. Let it shine in this delicious no-fail, no-bake recipe.

What’s your favorite Filipino flavor? Whichever it is, perhaps it’s time to further your enjoyment by using it to make any of these cakes. More people can share in your joy as your friends and loved ones get to have their own slice of your personal fave.

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