Yuca Cake Hondurena – Gluten Free Honduran Cassava Cake – a perfect addition to the holiday table!
If you’re gluten free, cassava should be your best friend. Known as yuca in the Spanish speaking Caribbean and Latin America, manioc in Brazil and cassava to the rest of the world, this vegetable has gelatinous qualities that make it the perfect vegetable/grain to use in baked goods.
How to use Cassava in a Gluten Free Diet
- Boil or roast vegetable and consume as is.
- Grate and pound into a paste (or purchase frozen grated cassava). In this form, it can be used in baked goods or form the base for fritters and other savory snacks.
- Tapioca is made from cassava. Use tapioca pearls to make delicious puddings.
- Tapioca starch or cassava flour can also be used in baked goods.
- Tapioca starch can also be used as a thickening agent for soups and sauces, instead of flour.
Here is a variety of both sweet and savory recipes that utilize this versatile tuber and its by products.
Gluten Free Cassava Recipes
Cunape – Bolivian Cheese Bread
Bojo – Suriname Style Cassava Cake
This is very similar to a cake we often eat for breakfast in the Caribbean called Cassava Pone (as in the Suriname style above). However, the luxurious sweetened condensed milk that it is served with in Honduras adds some luxury and decadence to it, making it a perfect holiday dessert!
Nowadays, in any holiday party or potluck party, there is more than likely going to be at least one person who is gluten free. Keep this delicious dessert on hand for them!
Yuca Cake Hondurena – Gluten Free Honduran Cassava Cake
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon instant espresso powder
- 4 eggs
- 13.5 oz. can coconut milk
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 lbs. 4 ½ cups frozen grated cassava, defrosted (yucca)
- sweetened condensed milk for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 9 x 13” baking dish with butter or non stick spray.
- Dissolve espresso powder in ½ cup boiling water. Leave to cool.
- In a small bowl, combine sugar with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves and salt.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs well.
- Add coconut milk, evaporated milk, vanilla and coffee. Mix well until thoroughly combined.
- Add sugar and spices. Mix well.
- Add cassava and mix well until thoroughly incorporated.
- Transfer to prepared baking dish.
- Bake for 50-60 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
- To serve, top with a little of the sweetened condensed milk.