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Easy and Delicious Ube Pound Cake Recipe

Easy and Delicious Ube Pound Cake Recipe

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This ube pound cake is a delicious remix of a classic dessert with purple yam flavor that gives it a slightly earthy and extra sweet flavor with a vibrant purple hue. 

You might have seen ube flavored foods popping up in mainstream restaurants, cafes and supermarkets. From ube ice cream to ube drinks this purple yam know for its traditional use in Asian cuisine is becoming even more commonplace as evidence by ube pancakes at Trader Joes. 

We were inspired to make ube pound cake after seeing ube in many different concoctions. Why pound cake? Because it’s a super easy cake that you can whip up with a few simple ingredients like butter, sugar, flour eggs and add ube easily to it to show off its vibrant purple color!

This ube cake is also easy for kids to help make in the kitchen! Watch my 4 year old @DashBakesTheGreats make this in the video in this post.

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

ube pound cake recipe

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

What is ube?

The Philippines is the original home of the purple yam known as ube, or “tuber” in Tagalog. In comparison to the purple sweet potato, its orange twin has a considerably sweeter, mellower flavor. In Filipino desserts, ube is a common ingredient that is typically boiled before being mashed with condensed milk.

What does ube flavor taste like? 

Ube can taste like vanilla with a hint of nutty flavor, or earthy and slightly coconut-y to some. It is great paired with coconut and mangos or Asian fruits. 

How do you make ube pound cake?

You will start off by making an traditional pound cake with eggs, flour, butter, and sugar. In your sugar butter and egg mix you will mix ube powder and ube exract to get the maximum ube flavor. 

In doing research for ube cakes, we found most recipes use ube extract, ube powder and/or ube halaya jam. We omitted the jam as we didn’t want to add additional moisture and sugar to our pound cake. We felt the cake had a good amount of ube flavor without the jam!

Ube Pound Cake – Ingredients:






Ube Extract

Ube Powder

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

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ube pound cake

Ube Pound Cake Recipe

This ube pound cake is a delicious remix of a classic dessert with purple yam flavor and a vibrant purple hue. 
Course Dessert


  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter Room temperature
  • 4 Large Eggs Room temperature
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Ube Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Ube Powder


  • Pound cake recipe adapted from Martha Stewart
    Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9"x5" loaf pan (we use our butter wrappers but you can use nonstick baking spray)
    Step 2. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip your butter and sugar on medium to high speed for 5-6 minutes or until soft and flluffy.Scrape down sides well.
    Step 3. Add eggs one at a time on medium speed and beat until each is incorporated into the sugar/butter mixture.
    Step 4. Add your salt, ube extract and ube powder and mix unti just combined.
    Step 5. Add your flour gradually mixing on low speed until just combined. Do not overmix.
    Step 6. Pour batter into your loaf pan and bake in the center of your oven in the middle rack for 50-60 minutes or until the tops spring back and a toothpic comes out cleanly in the center.
    Cool completely before inserting out of the pan and slicing


Keyword ube pound cake
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Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.

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