This Ube Coffee Cake is perfect for merienda! Ube halaya is the base of the cake keeping it nice and moist. The Ube Pili Povoron topping gets nice and golden.

Slice of Ube Coffee Cake on a white plate.

The perfect cake for a mid-day snack or even for brunch! It keeps well on the counter for a few days

What Ingredients Do You Need for Ube Coffee Cake?

Ube Halaya – Ahh the key ingredient for the Ube Coffee Cake. The beauty of using Halaya is that it is already filled with coconut milk and butter. It will give the cake so much Ube flavor and keep it moist. You can get a bottle at a local Filipino Grocery Store or online. If you want to make it on your own this Halaya recipe is very good.

Flour – Of course the traditional binder.

Butter – To keep it creamy

Eggs – This gives the cake some protein and also some lift.

Ube Extract – In addition to Halaya, we are going to add a touch of Ube Extract for a more vibrant purple color.

Both Brown and White Sugar – Gives the cake additional sweetness.

Salt – Pairs well with sweet stuff. Just a touch of salt lifts up the flavor a notch.

Cake Batter Ingredients

What do you need to make the Ube Pili Polvoron Streusel?

Ube Polvoron – The beauty of using Polvoron is that it already has sugar and flour. All you need to do is break it up.

Pili Nuts – For that nice buttery flavor but with a nice crunchy texture.

Ube Cookies – Adding cookies is optional, just gives the streusel more ube flavor

Butter – Is used to bring it all together and for more buttery goodness flavor.

Ube Pili Polvoron Streusel ingredients.

Step By Step Instructions for the cake batter

  1. Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy
  2. Add the eggs and whip again until it’s fluffier
  3. Add the Ube Halaya and mix well
  4. Fold in the dry ingredients
  5. Transfer the batter to a lined 8×8 baking pan
Making Ube Coffee Cake Batter steps 1-4

How to make the Ube Pili Povoron Streusel

6. In a food processor blitz together the butter, pili nuts, ube povoron and cookies.

How to make Ube Pili Polvoron Streusel

7. Spread on top of the Ube Coffee Cake batter and bake at 350F.

8. Lift out of the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cook fully.

How to Serve Ube Coffee Cake

Cut into 16 squares and serve with your favorite drink. Something like Salabat or a Pandan Infused Coffee would be great!

Cut squares of Ube Coffee Cake

Ube Coffee Cake

This Ube Coffee Cake is perfect for merienda! Ube halaya is the base of the cake keeping it nice and moist. The Ube Pili Povoron topping gets nice and golden.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Course: Merienda, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 16 Servings


For the cake batter

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • 2 Ube Halaya
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the topping

  • 6 tablespoons Ube Polvoron Crushed
  • 2 tablespoons Ube Cookies Crushed
  • ¼ cup Pili nuts roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup cold butter diced


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with baking parchment and spray with oil.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and both sugars with an electric mixer until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and continue beating until light in color and foamy. Stir in the coconut milk and Ube Halaya.
  • Sift the remaining cake ingredients into the bowl and stir everything into a dense batter. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.
  • To make the streusel topping crumble all topping ingredients together in a small bowl until crumbs form. Scatter evenly over the batter.
  • Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out just clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes, then serve warm.
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