This easy to make gluten free Kuih Bingka Ubi Kayu (Baked Tapioca Cake) is a Nyonya tea time treat. It is moist, tender, fragrant, and super delicious.
Kuih Bingka Ubi Kayu (Baked Tapioca Cake) is one of my favorite Nyonya kuihs (Straits Chinese cake). It is fragrant, tender, slightly chewy, and perfect with a cup of tea. It is also relatively easy to make compared to other Nyonya kuihs. Simply mix everything together and bake.
First Attempt – “Skinny” Version
Some years back, I posted an egg free version. I have always wanted to make the full recipe with eggs and I finally got round to it this time. In my first attempt, I tried to make it as “skinny” as possible. I used only one egg, reduced the sugar, and omitted the butter. It was okay but not perfect. The reduced sugar resulted in the cake being a little pale. It was also a little flat as there was insufficient volume to fill the 8 inch x 8 inch pan.
Second Attempt – the Full Version
In my second attempt, I added one more egg, increased the sugar, and put in the butter (as per my egg free version). Instead of an 8 inch x 8 inch pan, I used an 8½ inch x 4½ inch x 2½ inch loaf pan. It was a little full but fortunately it turned out just fine. A 9¼ inch x 5¼ inch x 2½ inch loaf pan would probably have worked better. The additional egg gave the cake that pale yellow color. The extra sugar allowed the top to caramelize into a golden color. The texture was tender and a little chewy, as it should be. The flavor was very good, not too sweet and quite fragrant.
Refrigerated leftovers will harden slightly in the refrigerator. Simply microwave it for about 10 to 15 seconds per piece to get it soft again. I hope you will give it a try.
Tools Used in Making This Kuih Bingka Ubi Kayu
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- 1 can coconut milk (14 oz /400ml)
- 1 cup sugar (210g)
- 2 pandan leaves (shredded and knotted)
- 2 packets frozen grated tapioca / cassava (thawed) (2 lbs/900g)
- 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
- 2 tbsp butter (melted) (28g)
- 1 banana leaf to line baking pan (optional)
- Combine coconut milk, sugar, and pandan leaves in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Turn off stove and allow coconut milk mixture to cool.
- In a large bowl, combine grated tapioca, eggs, and melted butter. Pour in coconut milk mixture. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Pour mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 30 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown color. Remove and allow cake to cool before cutting and serving.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎