Steam Cassava Cake

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon




Steam cassava cake is a famous Filipino dessert and afternoon snack known as “suman” in Tagalog. Cassava is a root crop that is rich in carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, manganese, iron and potassium. A good replacement for typical white bread since cassava is gluten free. Enjoy this cake with coffee, hot chocolate or tea.


     What you need

  • kilo cassava
  • cups brown sugar
  • cups grated coconut
  • banana leaves
  1. Wash cassava cake and clean thoroughly the outer skin to peel
  2. Cut cassava into smaller size that can easily grate
  3. Using large bowl, grate cassava and do not throw the liquid from grate. This will make cassava cake sticky and tastier.
  4. Prepare the wrap. Clean the banana leaves by using clean towel. Cut the banana leaves 6inches width, set aside
  5. Prepare the cassava cake. Add brown sugar to the grated cassava. Optional to add grated coconut.
  6. Prepare the filling. Mix the grated coconut and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  7. Spoon the cassava mixture to the banana leaves. Add small amount of filling on top. Roll the banana leaves and fold both ends. A kilo of cassava can make 20-25 wrapped cassava cake.
  8. Bring deep casserole and arrange the cakes by layer.
  9. Add 2 cups of water and boil for 20 minutes over high heat.
  10. Serve with grated coconut and brown sugar.
  11. Fridge the left over for 3 days or put in the freezer that last for a month.



Choose cassava that are fresh and the meat is white


Wash cassava and making sure the outer is free from soil and dirt


Put a lot of patient in grating the cassava cake


Optional to add grated coconut. You can add grated coconut as filling


Mix properly cassava cake, brown sugar and grated coconut


Prepare filling by mixing freshly grated coconut and brown sugar


Spoon cassava mixture on banana leaves


Add filling on top then roll the banana leaves


Arrange cassava cake in a deep casserole then add water to steam


When cooked, you can smell the cassava cake and the coconut aside it turns to brown


Enjoy sticky cassava cake with your favorite tea or coffee or just a dessert



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