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La Receta del Dia: Cake de Yuca al Chocolate y Coco (Mandioca-Chocolate and coconut cake with Vanill edit

Yuc You might know about this root by a different name. Does "mandioca", "cassava", "manioc" or "yuca" sound familiar? The root, very starchy food by all means, was used in the past as a starch for ironing at the Chinese dry cleaners in Panama City, Republic of Panama.

I also remember a home-made glue made from "almidon de yuca", or "cassava starch"....Thank God it was not toxic, because, ...to tell you the truth: I ATE it many times.

If by now it hasn't crossed your mind, well I have to confess one more thing: Yes, I was the one that always TASTED everything at the "chemistry lab", ...the one who preferred to burn her tongue, instead of saying "NO!" to the possibility of enjoying ONE more tasty earthly delicacy. Or, who knows -- those chemistry lab "things" -- where they came from smile

In Latin America "yuca" is dear to our heart,...because it is used to make delicious soups, breads, cookies and cakes, among other yummy things. My last scrumptious recipe using yuca was "Yuca Croquettes with Chorizo and Tamarind Sauce", and now it is time to share with you this fantastically exotic recipe to make "Cake de Yuca al Chocolate y Coco", or Mandioca-Chocolate cake with coconut milk. Once you try it , it will have secured a very special place in your recipe drawer. I Promise it!

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Yuc_1 Cake de Yuca al Chocolate y Coco (Cassava Chocolate Cake with Coconut Milk & Vanilla Ice Cream)
6-8 Servings

Ingredients :
1-1/2 cup white, fine sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups cassava, skin removed, raw and shredded
1 cup coconut milk, canned
1/2 cup white flour + 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 tablespoons baking powder


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. Grease and flour a 8" cake pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl cream sugar and butter until fluffy and volume has doubled. Add egg yolks one at a time until blended.
  3. Incorporate the cassava alternating with coconut milk. Mix well. Then add the dry ingredients (combine: flour+cocoa+baking powder) 1/2 cup at a time until mixture is well blended.
  4. In a separated bowl beat egg whites until soft peaks form and combine carefully with the cake mixture. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before unmolding.
  6. Serve with vanilla ice cream and garnish with mint leaves.


Chef M/

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  • by Chef Melissa
  • November 19, 2005
  • 8:00 am


Picture of Cannella Cannella said on...
11.19.05 at 02:47 PM |

Gracias Melissa, porque desde hace un tiempo hay yuca en el supermercado aquí en España y yo no sabía cómo utilizarla (sólo la he comido asada en la República Dominicana). Un beso.

Picture of kelly kelly said on...
11.19.05 at 08:28 PM |

Yum!  I will have to try this recipe.  I LOVE yuca.  I usually eat it either fried with some garlic thrown in or in soups.  I have never had it any other way. 
¡Gracias por la receta!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
11.19.05 at 08:36 PM |

Queridas Cannella y Kelly:
Les va a encantar esta receta para preparar cake de yuca—-realmente es muy especial. Aqui en Panama hay un postre tradicional que se llama “enyucado”—-se prepara con yuca rallada cruda, coco rallado crudo, semillitas de anis—-y otras cositas! Ahora que se que les gustan recetas con yuca—-voy a publicar mas smile

Picture of Tanisha Tanisha said on...
11.21.05 at 09:11 AM |

This sounds so yummy. I have to add you to my blogroll

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
11.21.05 at 09:42 AM |

Thank you Tanisha for your visit! if you have the chance to prepare this cake—-please do, because you are going to LOVE it!...By the way, just went to your blog and enjoyed very much your daily thoughts. Hugs,

Picture of Tanisha Tanisha said on...
11.21.05 at 09:47 AM |

Hey melissa
I gave you the wrong site. I no longer blog at the other one. I can’t even remember my pass word.

I am over at


Come over and see me and thanks for the comments


Picture of Michelle Michelle said on...
11.21.05 at 06:53 PM |

Hi Melissa!
I’ve been sick, so I haven’t been keeping up on my reading, but what a nice surprise to see an ingredient I’ve always wondered “what the heck do I do with that?”  Loving Boyfriend and I bought one once on a whim, and it was truly delicious - except that we forgot to cut out the core so it was rather…chewy, or…hard…I would never have imagined you could put it in a cake!  And your other recipe sounds so good too!  I’ll have to see if it’s still in the stores or if it’s available other times of the year.  I love reading about all your interesting ingredients!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
11.22.05 at 12:51 PM |

Michelle! I am glad to know you are feeling better now smile I think you could find yuca in the states all year long if you live in a city with latinos. The only problem is that is very expensive there :( Here in Panama, 1 pound of yuca cost as low as 0.10!!! BUT there is always a friend or relative that has yuca plants and gives the root away…YUM!!! I’ve cooking lots of desserts recently, and HOPE to publish photos and few recipes soon. I’ll keep you posted smile

Picture of Nitzia Saenz .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
11.22.05 at 09:24 PM |

Querida Melissa:  mi nombre es Nitzia Saenz, panamena con 23 anos de vivir en Costa Rica.  No te imaginas la alegria que senti al encontrar tu sitio web.  Las recetas se ven dekiciosas y faciles de preparar.  Hare de esta pagina una de mis favoritas.  Cuentas con una amiga aca en Ciudad Cariari en Costa Rica. Con Carino,  Nitzia

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
11.23.05 at 05:29 PM |

Hola Nitzia! me da mucho gusto que nos hayas encontrado smile Lo que me cuentas es lo que precisamente me motivo a crear este blog: enviarles un poquito de Panama en cada una de las recetas a todos los que viven fuera, al igual que difundir lo rico que se come y la variedad de productos en Panama. Abrazos,

Picture of Yovanna .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
11.24.05 at 11:58 AM |

What a great Web site. I’ve been searching all over the Internet for some Panamanian recipes other than arroz con pollo:) My mom’s from Panama, but she’s been in the states for more than 30 years (I was born in the U.S) so it’s great to find some recipes from her home!

Picture of Marcela Marcela said on...
11.24.05 at 01:36 PM |

No sabía que también se la llama cassava!
En nuestra cocina local, a pesar que la yuca se consigue fácilmente, no se usa mucho, casi nada. Se usa bastante más la fécula. Será hora de empezar a probar… smile
Y esta receta me parece un buen comienzo.
Un beso,

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
11.27.05 at 01:56 PM |

Yovanna: You have found the right place to get delicious recipes from Panama and Latin America…, among other places. Please say HI to your mom…, and ask her the name of her favorite recipe. If I do not have it posted here already I will have it up soon smile HUGS,

Marcela: oh si! la yuca tiene muchisimos usos en la cocina y fuera de ella. Pero, ahora dime tu en que usan Uds. la fecula? Como almidon para el planchado, o como harina para hacer panecillos, etc? Abrazos!

Picture of Marcela Marcela said on...
12.05.05 at 10:11 AM |

Hola Melissa,
de planchado en casa ni hablar, que yo lo evito cuidadosamente… :D
El almidón de mandioca se usa por estos lados para pancitos como por ejemplo los chipá, típicos del noreste argentino (si no me equivoco se preparan también en paraguay y brasil). Almidón de mandioca, queso fresco y grasa son los ingredientes básicos.
Un abrazo,

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
12.05.05 at 11:26 AM |

Que coincidencia!...hace varios dias le estoy dando vueltas a unas recetas que tengo para preparar: “Palomitas de Chipa a la Naranja”, “Chipa Manduvi”, y tambien unos alfajorcitos utilizando almidon de mandioca smile Les mantengo al tanto!

Picture of Yovanna .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.05.05 at 12:22 PM |

Hola Melissa!
My mom wanted to know if you or anyone reading this blog has a recipe for a Panamanian bread called “rosca navideña.” Mom grew up in Chiriqui, so I’m not sure if this is a regional treat or if it’s common to all Panamanians:)
Oh, she’s also looking for a good Panamanian Sancocho recipe. She makes it all the time, but she says it just doesn’t taste like what she used to eat back home.
Gracias Melissa!

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
12.05.05 at 07:07 PM |

Yovanna, tomorrow first time in the morning will send or post the recipes you want. HUGS to both of you smile

Picture of Yovanna .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
12.06.05 at 10:48 PM |

Muchas gracias Melissa! I’m so grateful! I can’t wait to get cooking!

Picture of Melissa Melissa said on...
12.07.05 at 10:36 AM |

Yovanna, thank you for sending the recipe. I will prepare it as soon as I have the chance and will take photos to post in this blog. I will let you know smile Hugs to both of you!

Picture of Sheyla .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
01.24.06 at 11:40 PM |

Hey Melissa
I Live in the Dominican Republic and want to be a pastry chef so I’ll be trying this recipe soon. al igual que tu estudio adm Hotelera… asi que es bueno ver otros que ya lo han logrado…
Hugs and I hope to visit your site a lot more

Picture of evie .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
03.22.08 at 08:31 PM |

Hola melissa
yo vivi en paraguay años y años. Mandioca como lo conocemos en paraguay, como lo comparas con taro de fiji o las islas alrededor de nueva zeland?

Picture of FERNANDO .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
03.10.09 at 04:33 PM |

Muy buena esta receta pero por que no la ponen en español?
Un Beso.

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