Honduran Yucca Cake with Sweet Milk Sauce

Honduran Yucca Cake with Sweet Milk Sauce is similar to a crustless pumpkin pie, and this dense, sweet yucca dessert has a lovely texture and spiced mocha flavor. Yucca—also known as cassava—is a staple crop throughout Honduras and grows everywhere, even in the poorest soils. Use a hand grater rather than a food processor to grate the yucca for best results. For a finishing touch, pour sweetened condensed milk over the baked cake before serving.

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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 lbs. yucca, peeled and grated (about 4 cups) *
  • 4 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup prepared double strength NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO Pure Instant Coffee, cooled
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk


PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

COMBINE sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and salt in small bowl. Combine yucca, eggs, coconut milk, evaporated milk, coffee, butter and vanilla extract in large bowl until well blended. Add sugar mixture; stir until well blended. Pour batter into prepared baking dish.

BAKE for 35 to 40 minutes or until toothpick entered in center comes out clean. Cool completely in dish on wire rack.

TO SERVE, pour sweetened condensed milk over entire cake to glaze or top each piece with desired amount of condensed milk.

* NOTE: Frozen yucca masa typicially found in Latin markets can be substituted for the fresh yucca. Once thawed, measure out 4-cup amount and then drain prior to adding to recipe.

Nutritional Information

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 11g 17%
  • Saturated Fat 8g 40%
  • Cholesterol 70mg 23%
  • Sodium 110mg 5%
  • Carbohydrates 51g 17%
  • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 15%
  • Calcium 10%
  • Iron 6%
  • Sugars 30g
  • Protein 5g

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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