Ube Butter Cake

In my Strawberry Cheesecake Post I discussed what a ganache is, and mentioned that it has plenty of uses. My recipe today also uses a ganache but with a different ratio and I use this to glaze my Ube Butter Cake. Last time, I incorporated the ganache in the cheesecake to help it set and have form instead of using gelatine, this time I used it as a decorative topping to make my cake look lovely and also to enhance the ube flavour.

Now, the cake recipe today is baked in a 10-cup bundt pan. What is a bundt pan you say? Bundt pans are cake pans that look like donuts because they have a tube in the middle. They also have different designs that make your cake look spectacular (when you get the cake out correctly). You’ll see the bundt pan I have in my video below, but if you don’t own one and still want to make this cake, don’t fret! You can use a large loaf pan instead.


This cake is a variation of my vanilla butter bundt. I wanted to make an ube flavour to commemorate Filipino Food Month. Filipino flavours and Filipino food don’t tend to be as popular as other cuisine, and Filipino Food Month is the Government’s initiative to give it a push globally since Filipinos are all over the world. Now this cake is not traditionally from the Philippines, however, ube is a well-known native flavour of the Philippines. Ube is a root crop also known as purple yam. It’s colour gives desserts a vibrant pop but this doesn’t translate to a strong flavour, instead its flavour is very mild–a little nutty with a hint of vanilla. It is widely used in local desserts, and one day I will post an actual traditional Filipino ube dessert when I get my hands on fresh ube again. But for now, here is the recipe for this delicious and easy to make butter cake. Happy baking!

Difficulty: Easy

Ube Butter Cake

makes 1 x 10-cup bundt pan



    For the cake
  • For the glaze


0/8 Instructions
    Make the glaze:
  • Place the white chocolate in a medium bowl.
  • Bring the cream to the boil then pour on top of chocolate. Cover and let sit for a minute. Stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until glossy.
  • Add ube. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  • Make the cake
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Mix yogurt, eggs and vanilla tin a medium bowl.
  • In your stand mixer bowl using a paddle attachment, mix together flour, sugar, b. soda and b. powder. Slowly add the liquid ingredients. Mix until smooth.
  • Add butter cubes one by one. The batter should look creamy. Grease your 10-cup bundt. Make sure you grease all the folds and edges for quick release.
  • Pour batter into the pan and bake for 1 hour or until a skewer comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool for 10 minutes inverted on a wire rack.
  • The cake should separate from the bundt tin successfully. Pour the glaze all over and serve.


  1. If you do not have a bundt pan, this should also work with a large loaf pan.
  2. Grease your bundt pan well to make sure the cake come out easily. If it doesn't, try using a butter knife to loosen the edges of the cake as well as the middle tube.
  3. Keeps well at room temperature for 2 days, or in the fridge for 5 days. Always serve at room temperature.