Kuih Bingka Ubi ( Baked Tapioca Cake)

by Angie Liew
This traditional Malay / Nyonya kuih is semi-soft, chewy and fragrant.  It has an inviting aroma from the pandan leaves, eggs and coconut milk.  It’s extremely easy to make and super delicious.
 

 

 
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Kuih Bingka Ubi ( Baked Tapioca Cake)
By Angie Liew of Huang Kitchen
This traditional Malay / Nyonya kuih is semi-soft, chewy and fragrant. It has an inviting aroma from the pandan leaves, eggs and coconut milk.
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. First, line a 23 x 5 cm square cake tin with banana leaf (oiled on shinny side). Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
    First, line a 23 x 5 cm square cake tin with banana leaf (oiled on shinny side). Preheat oven to 180 degree C.
  2. Peel tapioca tubers (1.3 kg) and *grate finely. The grated yellow tapioca should weigh 1kg. Place the grated tapioca in a strainer over a bowl. Leave for 30 mins to allow juices to drain into the bowl. Pour off the liquid in the bowl slowly, leaving behind the tapioca starch at the bottom of bowl.
    Peel tapioca tubers (1.3 kg) and *grate finely. The grated yellow tapioca should weigh 1kg. Place the grated tapioca in a strainer over a bowl. Leave for 30 mins to allow juices to drain into the bowl. Pour off the liquid in the bowl slowly, leaving behind the tapioca starch at the bottom of bowl.
  3. Put the strained tapioca into a large mixing bowl. Then add the reserved tapioca starch. Add sugar, beaten eggs and salt. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Knead, squeeze and twist pandan leaves into mixture till completely crushed. Then add in the coconut milk and water. Mix thoroughly. Discard the pandan leaves after that.
    Put the strained tapioca into a large mixing bowl. Then add the reserved tapioca starch. Add sugar, beaten eggs and salt. Stir well until the sugar is dissolved. Knead, squeeze and twist pandan leaves into mixture till completely crushed. Then add in the coconut milk and water. Mix thoroughly. Discard the pandan leaves after that.
  4. Pour batter into cake tin in a circular motion as you pour. Smooth the top and make sure the batter is evenly mixed. Bake for about 1 1/4 hour or until top is golden brown. Do not over bake or the cake will be dry and tough.
    Pour batter into cake tin in a circular motion as you pour. Smooth the top and make sure the batter is evenly mixed. Bake for about 1 1/4 hour or until top is golden brown. Do not over bake or the cake will be dry and tough.
  5. Remove cake from oven and cool on wire rack about 30 mins.Unmould and leave the cake on wire rack till cold.( about 1 hour). Using an oiled knife cut into neat cube or rectangle pieces. Serve at room temperature.
    Remove cake from oven and cool on wire rack about 30 mins.Unmould and leave the cake on wire rack till cold.( about 1 hour). Using an oiled knife cut into neat cube or rectangle pieces. Serve at room temperature.
For leftovers:
  1. Wrap and refrigerate.
    Wrap and refrigerate.
  2. Cut and rebake till thoroughly heated and soft. Can serve hot or room temperature.
    Cut and rebake till thoroughly heated and soft. Can serve hot or room temperature.
Notes

Avoid grating the tough fibre that runs down the centre of the tuber.

It’s best to remove this fibrous core as it will cause bitterness in the kuih if the tapioca is not fully cooked.

Nutrition Facts
Kuih Bingka Ubi ( Baked Tapioca Cake)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 889 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 106mg 35%
Sodium 214mg 9%
Potassium 711mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 174g 58%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 81g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 85%
Calcium 7%
Iron 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This caramelized tapioca cake has just been cooled after baking for more than 
an hour in the oven.
 
 

This is the cross- section after cutting with an oiled knife.

 
 
 
 
 
Enjoy!!!!
 
    
 
 

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2 comments

Doreen Leong October 9, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Hi Angie, thank you for generously sharing your recipe. I’m often busy and don’t have the time luxury to cook. But I’ve followed your kueh pie tie which turned out really well and I’ve shared your link with more than 600 people who liked my post.

I’m now hoping to try this kueh bingka. May I know, if the tapioca is white and not yellow, can it be used as the same thing? You also mentioned about lining the baking pan with banana leaf but if I can’t find banana leaf in a country where I live, what is the next best alternative? Thanks for any advice you may have.

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Angie Liew October 10, 2020 - 12:22 am

Hi Doreen, thanks for your feedback. Great to know you like my recipes. Thanks for sharing. Yes, you can use the white tapioca instead of yellow. Its the same. Only difference is the colour of the kueh bingka will be whitish instead of yellowish. If you don’t have banana leaf you can use parchment paper to line the pan as well. Need to oil the surface of the baking paper a bit. Hope this helps to clarify. Thanks

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