Yema Cake: Simple, Affordable, Yummy, And Easy To Make!

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Yema cake is one of the best cakes ever. It’s simple and very affordable. Guess what? It’s also very easy to make it.

Yema Cake

It’s safe to say that yema cake evolved from our famous local candy, yema.

Yema is used as the filling between layers of chiffon cake and icing, of course! 

Yema is used as the filling between layers of chiffon cake and icing, of course!

A slice of yema cake on a white plate.
Yema Cake from Remilly’s 👍

Yema cake is sold everywhere here in the Philippines. It’s hard to say where it originated because certain provinces have their own version of it.

For example, there’s Rodilla’s Yema Cake from Tayabas, Quezon.

Here in the Metro, there’s no shortage of Remilly’s Yema Cake. Read Related: Remilly’s Yema Cake Review: Is It Worth It?

A Quick Look At Yema

Before we get into making some yummy yema cake, let’s pay homage to the good old yema we all love.

Yema goes way back. It has a very interesting history because it was an offshoot from construction material.

During the Spanish era, egg white and shells were used for construction. That left a lot of egg yolks for the ladies to play around with. Eventually, yema was born. 

During the Spanish era, egg white and shells were used for construction. That left a lot of egg yolks for the ladies to play around with. Eventually, yema was born.

How To Make Yema

Growing up, I didn’t exactly learn how to make yema. Nonetheless, that did not stop me from attempting to make it. 😀

What I used to do was to cook a whole can of condensed milk until it turned thick and brown. It was good while it was hot but as it cooled down, it turned into a bad case of taffy. 😂 Of course, we had to throw it away because no one could eat it.

To say that it was tough is an understatement.

Egg yolks are vital in a yema recipe. Here’s how to make yema that you can actually eat. 😂

Below are the ingredients:

  • 7 egg yolks
  • One can of condensed milk
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 5 tbsp walnuts or peanuts (optional)

Mix together egg yolks and condensed milk. Add in the nuts.

Then melt the butter in a pan. Add in the mixture and cook until you get the kind of texture that can be molded as candy.

Once cooked, you can wrap small pieces of it like candy.

Watch the video below to learn how to make yema from the expert.

Here’s A Yummy Yema Cake Recipe

Yema cake is a great dessert option. It’s light and sweet. Perfect for coffee. 😃

Yema cake is probably the easiest foolproof cake we can make. Some versions of it don’t even require baking. 

Yema cake is probably the easiest foolproof cake we can make. Some versions of it don’t even require baking.

Two slices of yema cake.
Light chiffon cake with yema filling and frosting … YUMMY!

This yema cake recipe requires you to use a hotcake mix. Take a look at the ingredients below for the yema cake.

  • One box of Maya Hotcake Mix (250g)
  • One egg
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 1 cup evaporated milk or fresh milk

How To Make Yema Cake

Guess what? You don’t need an oven for this. 😀

Sift the hotcake mix into a bowl. Make sure not to add the remaining powder that can’t go through the sifter.

Make a hole in the middle of the hotcake mix and add in the egg.

Add in the 1 tbsp oil and 1 cup of milk.

Mix with a whisk until the batter becomes smooth.

Once the batter is smooth, transfer it to a container and brush it with butter or oil. You can consider using a llanera (leche flan molder) if you want.

Make sure you have preheated your steamer for about 5 minutes.

Transfer the cake batter to the steamer. Let it steam for about 25 to 40 minutes.

Here’s How To Make Yema Icing

Here’s the best part; how to make yema icing. You will need the following:

  • 1/2 cup of condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk/fresh milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp of butter

Mix the ingredients and strain. Then cook on low heat for about 6 to 8 minutes until it thickens.

Once the yema has thickened, add in the butter. The butter will make the yema icing shiny.

At this point, check on the yema cake in the steamer. Use a toothpick to see if it’s cooked.

If it is, you can finally assemble your yema cake.

Make sure to watch the video below to see how super easy it is to make this yema cake from a hotcake mix. 👍

Would you consider trying this yema cake recipe? Do you have your own yema cake recipe? Feel free to share it with us. We would love to hear from you.

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