Yema Cake



  • 1 cup – all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp – cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp granulated white sugar (for egg yolks)
  • 6 tbsp granulated white sugar (for egg whites)
  • 1/4 vegetable oil (except olive oil)
  • 4 eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract (or almond)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup or more grated processed cheese for topping



Preheat oven to 350F and line the bottom of a 8″ x 3″ (or two 8″ x 2″) aluminum round pan with parchment paper. DO NOT GREASE THE SIDES.

Combine flour and cornstarch. Sift 3x then measure 1cup and 2 tbsp.

Separate the eggs. Make sure that the bowl for egg whites is grease-free.

In the bowl of EGG YOLKS, add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the sugar for egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on high until combined. Set aside.

With your mixer turned on, mix your EGG WHITES on low until bubbles form then add cream of tartar. Set your mixer to high and beat until frothy, gradually add sugar by tablespoon until STIFF (but not dry) peaks are formed.

Gently fold in the egg whites into egg yolk mixture.

Pour the batter in the baking pan. Bake for 40-45 minutes for 8″ x 3″ (20 to 23 minutes for 8″ x 2″ pans) until the top springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan immediately and cool completely in wire rack.

To release the cake from pan, gently run a thin knife or spatula around the edges, then invert.


In a nonstick pan, combine the milk and the egg yolks and cook over low heat while stirring constantly until it thickens enough to spread.

Turn off heat and add the extracts, stir, then add butter then stir until well combined. Set aside to cool completely.


Divide the cake into two (if using the 3″ high pan), add some filling. Cover with the remaining half. Cover the entire cake with the remaining yema then top with grated cheese.


Adapted from : Heart of Mary & Bake Happy

5 thoughts on “Yema Cake

  1. 1) too much butter on the yema and egg yolks should be lessened
    2) baking time should be 20 minutes
    Tried it just a dew minutes ago and these are the observations i adjusted otherwise i would have burned my chiffon cake


    • if you’re using 2 pans (8″x 2″), baking time should be 20 to 23 minutes, if 1 pan ( 8″ x 3″) it should be longer, say 4o to 45 minutes, I updated the instructions to prevent further confusion, as for the yema, I’m glad you hit your sweet spot by adjusting the yolks and the butter 🙂

      thank you 🙂


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