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Yema Cake Recipe

How to make Simple Yema Cake Recipe. 

Yema Cake Recipe.  Yema Cake is a simple and delicious cake made from sponge or chiffon cake, filled and covered with egg custard “Yema Frosting” or “Dulce de Leche” and top with grated cheese.  Actually Yema is a popular sweet treat in the Philippines, it’s everyone’s favourite, followed by macapuno balls, butong-butong, bandi and many more.  This beautiful Yema Cake is very rich and creamy, it’s very easy to make and the ingredients are so simple.

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Yema Cake Ingredients:

For the Cake:

Yema Frosting:

  • 2 cans (300ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp. vanilla essence or lemon extract
  • ½ cup of grated cheese, optional


Cooking Procedure:

  • Prepare and bake your sponge cake click here for the recipe or you can use a store bought chiffon or sponge cake to save time and energy. Let your freshly baked sponge cake cools down first before slicing, cut the cake in half horizontally.
  • Then prepare your Yema frosting while waiting for the cake to cool down. In a saucepan, combine sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks over a low heat and stir until slightly thickens. As it cools it thickens more. Stir in vanilla or lemon extract and let it cool first before.

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  • To assemble the cake, spread 1/3 part of yema frosting on the top of 1st half of your cake. Place the other half of the cake on top and spread with the remaining yema filling and spread evenly from all sides and top. Sprinkle with grated cheese on top (if you prefer) and you can serve and enjoy.

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This Simple Yema Cake is perfect paired with a cup of coffee.  

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I really wanted to top this cake with grated cheese but I decided not too, you know why coz’  I’m going to make another version of Yema Cake. Yes! another yema cake but this time it’s not simple it’s perfect and decadent. I’m going to try another delicious yema frosting recipe top with grated cheese.  Til next time 🙂


About pingskie

Hello, I'm Ping Joven welcome to Pinoy Desserts the home of Filipino Dessert Recipes, I love sweets and I love to share my goodies with my family and friends. I’ve spent so much time in our kitchen even though I don’t have formal cooking education, but I cook and bake a lot. I have a large collection of cookbooks. I love watching Foodnetwork Channel & YouTube cooking videos it helps me develop my skills. To my fellow home cooks and home-bakers we should keep doing what we love and enjoy being creative in the kitchen. I also love taking photos of my food but, I’m not a good photographer, so I just hope and pray that my food will make you hungry, so you won’t notice my bad composition LOL. And lastly, please have mercy on my poor writing skills, English subject has always giving me a headache and as I compose this bio I can feel a migraine starts to kick in LOL. Thanks for visiting, have a nice day and may the blessings chase you today!


  1. wow.mouthwatering,looks yummy,best for merienda

  2. wow good meryenda for my kids 🙂

  3. sherry ann gole cruz

    yummy,i want to do this!

  4. I love Yema! I love cakes! I wish to have a budget to make this

  5. Sheryl An Mungcal

    waaahhh,. i love this,.

  6. I guess i’d try this recipe 🙂

  7. Mary Jane Hernandez

    sooooo deliciousoooo!!!!

  8. There is a bit of common with braso de mercedez cake right very mouth watering!

  9. Yummy! Like Yema thank you for the recipe

  10. Im going to try this!!!

  11. I always wanted to try this. Soon!

  12. Maria Elizabeth Andres

    This Yema Cake is really mouth watering.

  13. Katakam-takam.. I am craving right now

  14. Yummy! Sarap nito!

  15. aaaah! My diet! please noooo! haha kidding aside, my friend once brought me a yema cake from quezon and it was sooo delicious. i want to learn how to make this!

  16. I have been searching for a good and simple yema cake recipe. Will try this recipe son.

  17. Like it! Thanks for the recipe

  18. This looks like a lemon curd recipe with grated cheese added, not sure about that combination.

  19. Looks so yummy! I’ll attempt this this weekend. Thanks for sharing.

  20. i have been hearing a lot about it on my fb. it looks so delicious!

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