Tapioca Cake/ Bingka Ubi Kayu

Bingka ubi Kayu

Have you tried Tapioca Cake before?
I made a simple video (above) to show how easy it is to make Malaysian kuih at home.
Gluten free Tapioca cake

Malaysian kuih (pronounce as coo-way) or finger food , can be applied to booth; sweet and savoury.

We can have these kuih / finger food at any time of the day; kuih for breakfast, kuih for afternoon tea or kuih for dessert.

I cannot imagine myself having a slice of cheesecake for breakfast, another slice for afternoon tea, another for dessert. It'll be bit too much for even one slice for one sitting for entire day.
But with Malaysian kuih, not limiting to only Tapioca Cake... others like Pandan Custard Glutinous Rice layers, Beef Curry Puff, Kuih Cara or Sweet potato Donuts... I can have them as many as I like without feeling like a balloon at the end of the day.
After all, our staple breakfast ranges from Nasi Lemak (coconut rice with sambal), noodles, flat bread and of course these lovely kuih.

Tapioca Cake cake recipe is simple to follow and its gluten free.

How Tapioca Cake was cooked then...
Tapioca can be found in abundance in our region.

My parents used to grow them in our backyard. Once these tubers are ready, dad would pull the plant out, mom would clean dirt, peel the thick skin off and started to grate.
A lot of work involved. She'd add coconut milk, sugar and pour in a pot that look like angel cake mould. She then cook on stove until the cake caramelised in rich golden in colour.

The generation before her (ie my grandparents era), Tapioca Cake was cooked over wood fire and some charcoal heat at the top for perfect browning top and bottom. I can only imagined that Tapioca Cake cook over wood fire would so tasty!

The worst part of the day was ... the waiting! for the cake to cool completely :)

How I cook them now....
Just buy the frozen grated tapioca from Asian grocer, add all other ingredients... straight into the oven  ;P

That is it!!! Less mess, less work but still... the worst part is the 'WAITING'!

Recipe below : Courtesy from my sis :D

Gluten free baked Tapioca cake

yield: 8-10print recipe

Tapioca Cake / Bingka Ubi Kayu

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 70 MINStotal time: 80 mins
Easy to bake Tapioca Cake. This cake recipe is simple to follow and its gluten free. If you are into Malaysians finger food, this is a definite must try.


  • 900g grated tapioca
  • 250ml coconut cream
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Yellow food colouring (optional)


  1. Pre heat oven to 210C. Oil baking pan (unless using non-stick brownie pan or equivalent size)
  2. Mix grated tapioca, sugar, coconut cream, salt and food colouring. Mix well.
  3. Pour into baking tin. Bake using 'top and bottom' oven function. Bake for 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and brush the top of the tapioca cake with oil.
  5. Continue baking for the another 30 minutes or until the top is dark gold in colour.
  6. Leave to cool completely before cutting.
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  1. Addictive! I love that kind of cake.



  2. Love how your kuih turns out beautifully.
    Have a great week ahead.
    Blessings, Kristy

    1. Thank you Kristy.
      You too have a good weekend :D

  3. They look beautiful and must be very delicious!

  4. A substitute for grated tapioca? stores here only carry the 'pearls' small to large. What would be a good substitute please? thanks..

    1. Hi Anon (Appreciate if you could let me know your name please :) )
      I am afraid.. no substitute :(
      Grated tapioca is different from tapioca pearls.
      Grated tapioca is actual tuber grated and could be found in the freezer section.
      Whereby the tapioca pearls known as sago are a by product of tapioca, ie made from tapioca starch.

  5. I made bingka ubi yesterday for the first time...and it turned out great...no eggs as the tradional way...


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