Ube Biko Yema

Ube Biko Yema lets you enjoy three of your favorite desserts in one bite! A combination of Biko Kalamay with ube flavor topped with creamy yema custard brulée.

dessert with custard

Just like my biko kalamay recipe, ube biko yema is a delicious sticky rice cake treat! With purple yam flavored rice cake topped with custard brûléé. I just love the ube taste of the the rice cake plus the decadent yema on top. Every bite is pure joy and you’ll keep coming back for more!

dessert with custard in a plate

What is Ube Biko Yema!

I love fusion food whether it’s an entrée or desserts. A good example of this obsession is my puto flan recipe where you combine steamed cake and leche flan. Ube biko yema recipe is no different but instead of two, you’ll get three yummy desserts in one!

By infusing ube or purple yam flavor to the glutinous rice, you’ll have sticky rice cake full of ube taste. A layer of sweet yema is spread evenly on top then baked until caramelized to perfection. This sticky rice cake is not only good as dessert but great as a snack too!

ingredients for dessert on top of table

Why this dessert recipe works!

The classic biko kalamay is great in its own way but ube biko yema gives so much more in terms of flavor.

Making this biko recipe is easy but does require some time to make. But all of your hard work will be rewarded with this unique and tasty dessert that everyone will enjoy.

If you fancy, you can only make the ube biko without the yema and top it off with latik or coconut curd. My taro ube kalamay recipe can guide you on how to make latik.

dessert with custard in plate on top of table

Some tips for an amiable experience!

Do not add sugar when cooking the rice, adding sugar can under-cook the rice.

Use light brown sugar to preserve the purple color of the rice cake or biko. You can also use regular brown sugar but with a deeper purple hue.

Cook the yema in low heat to avoid curdling of the condensed milk.

dessert with custard in a platewith spoon

The secret ingredient is always LOVE

Other dessert recipe you may like:

Yema balls made from condensed milk and egg yolks are sweet confectioneries that are simply delicious!

Churro ube cheesecake bars topped with cinnamon and sugar are the perfect dessert or snack!

Ube bars – soft and moist bread lightly soaked in ube syrup and coated in desiccated coconut.

Enjoy three delicious treats in one bite! If you have any request for more fusion desserts, let us know! Adieu, MIA

Ube Biko Yema

Ube Biko Yema lets you enjoy three of your favorite desserts in one bite! A combination of Biko Kalamay with ube flavor topped with creamy yema custard brulée.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: ube biko yema, ube biko yema recipe
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Mia


  • 2 cups glutinous rice
  • 2 ½ cups water for cooking glutinous rice
  • 2 tsp ube flavoring
  • 400 ml coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ cup might brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp salt

Ingredients for yema

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 300 ml condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract


  • Wash and rinse glutinous rice in a bowl then drain water. Transfer in a cooking pot then add water.
  • Add ube flavor then mix well to distribute flavor. Cook glutinous rice on a stove over low-medium heat for 8-10 minutes while occasionally stirring or until grains are soft. Set aside.

Making the Yema

  • Place condensed milk in a mixing bowl and add egg yolks. Whisk well until well incorporated.
  • Transfer in a cooking pan and turn on stove in low heat. Bring to a simmer until while continuously stirring. Tip in vanilla extract and continue cooking for 10 minutes until or until mixture thickens to a spreadable paste. Set aside


  • Pre heat oven at 180°C or 356°F.
  • In a wide non-stick pan or skillet over medium heat tip in coconut milk, light brown sugar, and salt. Stir until blended and bring to a simmer.
  • Add cooked ube glutinous rice gently. Continuously stir and cook the rice until sticky and it doesn't stick to the pan or for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Transfer biko in a non-stick baking pan and flatten the top with a spatula. Add yema on top and spread evenly using a spoon or bread knife.
  • Bake in pre heat oven at 180°C or 356°F in broil setting for 10 – 15 minutes or until top is caramelized. Remove from oven and let it cool down before serving. Bon appetit!


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