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Ube pound cake with a purple swirl.

Ube Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I'll show you how to make this delicious and unique pound cake using ube, a popular ingredient in Filipino desserts. This is the perfect after meal treat or midday snack!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, filipino
Servings 1 9"x5" loaf


  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 11 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Mixture

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp ube halaya
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened full fat
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ube extract


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease your 9"x5" loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar and beat on high speed until mixture appears light and fluffy. Add in the 3 whisked eggs, vanilla extract and pinch of salt.
  • Add flour to wet mixture, a little bit at a time and mixing just until moistened. Use a spoon or spatula for this. Set aside and make cream cheese mixture.

For cream cheese mixture

  • Combine cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Mix in egg.
  • Add in ube halaya, 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour and 1 tsp ube extract. Combine well.

Assembling your pound cake

  • Add a layer of the pound cake mixture to the bottom of your loaf pan (a little less than half). Smooth with a spatula.
  • Pour the cream cheese mixture all over the layer of pound cake. Spread with a spoon or spatula. Pour remaining pound cake mix pound over the ube cream cheese. Gently spread with a spatula, being careful to not overly mix it with the cream cheese.
  • For the swirl design, use a chopstick or wooden skewer and run it through the batter 3 or 4 times, lengthwise then side to side until desired look is achieved.
  • Bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes. The corners may start to get golden at this point. You may cover the pound cake with foil if you find that you need to bake your cake longer.
  • Cool for at least 30 minutes on a wire rack before removing from loaf pan.
  • Feel free to enjoy with a nice scoop of vanilla bean or ube ice cream!
Keyword ube, dessert, filipino dessert, pound cake, purple yam