This week’s Baked Sunday Mornings project is the Gonzo Cake, made with ube (purple yam powder) – or sweet potatoes, but it’s more fun and interesting with ube.
The cake is in honor of Hunter S. Thompson (born July 18, 1937), who popularized gonzo journalism. Then why purple? Because of Gonzo the Muppet, of course. At the bakery, the cake is marketed as a purple velvet cake – so of course, there’s a decadent cream cheese frosting to top it off.
I made this as a three-layer cake during recipe testing for the book, so this time I made cupcakes, which are a bit easier to take to work. This cake is really fun as cupcakes! The recipe is perfect for 24 cupcakes with just the right amount of (delicious) frosting.
Ube can easily be found online, but there happens to be a Filipino grocery in my neighborhood – so it was no problem to source. One of my coworkers is married to a Filipino, and she loved the cake. She told me that I win the prize for “the best ube-based dessert made by a white person”. Ha.
Even if you don’t make the cake, the cream cheese frosting is something to keep in mind for other projects – it’s just about perfect, if you ask me.
For the recipe and to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings bakers fared, head over to Baked Sunday Mornings.
- Gonzo Cake (Baked Occasions, p. 146)
Good idea to make cupcakes! I was going to bake this cake today but it’s super hot & humid here. I like how purple yours are.
So hot and humid here too, Susan! I’m guessing tropical storm from Mexico? We’re totally miserable.
Love the cupcakes…and you are right about the frosting!
Really beautiful! No chance of finding the powder here in Israel, unfortunately, so I guess I’ll have to wait for my next visit to the U.S. to get me some!
Super cute as cupcakes and love the liners too! I loved hearing that Matt and I share our ube obsession! Haven’t tried ube ice cream yet!
There’s a place in San Francisco known for its ube ice cream. I’ve never tried it, but that’s the first place I’d heard of it. Now I’m so curious!
Loved the cupcake version and the perfect frosting domes.
That frosting is amazing!
Well that is the highest praise you could ask for– I love that! :) Adorable cupcakes– I’ll have to try this. Your purple color is just perfect!