Simplified Yema Cake

I’m not the type who complicates life. If there’s a simplified version of things then I’ll sure do it.
There’s a term called “labor of love” where you put your heart, time and energy in doing something that you can really call the “fruits of your labor” but some overdo things that it’s borderline slavery.

And if there’s one mantra I try to live by is that to “work smart”

Working hard doesn’t translate to success and that’s frustrating. I would rather work smart and get work done.

Others might say it’s the tamad way but I disagree. Doing simplified version of things that yield to same result as if you spent hours making is what I call SUCCESS.

Without further ado, here’s my version of yema cake. This is the second time I’ve done it and it has always been a hit in our household. Give it a try, post it and tag me on your photos ok?

Simplified Yema Cake


For the ‘Cake’
1 Box of Hot Cake mix

For the ‘Yema Icing’
1 can condensed milk
3 egg yolks
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Cheese as topping

Note: I actually doubled the yema icing ingredients (2 cans condensed milk, 6 egg yolks, etc.) and ended up with more than enough yema to cover the cake. You can do the same thing I did and use the excess yema as dessert or spread it to toast.


1. Cook the hot cake mix as per package instruction.

This is a Philippine brand, right? Tangkilikin ang sariling atin.
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Mix all the ingredients…
Simplified Yema Cake

…and make use of those slender arms – whip, whip, whip
Simplified Yema Cake

2. I can’t believe how easy it is to make a cake, right?
Simplified Yema Cake

3. You can simultaneously work on cooking the pancakes and making the yema icing. Pour a can of condensed milk in small pan and set on low fire.

Make this a family event and involve the kids!
Simplified Yema Cake

4. Separate the egg yolks from the whites.

Is there a scientific way of separating the yellow and white of an egg? Out of 6 eggs, me and Cole only managed to successfully separate 1 without breaking the egg yolk.
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5. Mix the egg yolks to your condensed milk and add butter.
Simplified Yema Cake

6. Continuously stir the mixture until it’s thick enough to stick on your pancake tower.
Simplified Yema Cake

7. Once the icing is cooked, place a spoonful or two of yema icing in between the hotcake
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Stack ’em up!
Simplified Yema Cake

8. Don’t make your ‘cake tower’ too tall since this is not a wedding cake. You can use your OC tendencies and smoothen the edges.
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9. Grate cheddar cheese on top of the icing. The more the merrier. You can imagine how sweet the condensed milk is and the saltiness of your cheese will balance the taste.

Not that pretty but the taste is Yum!
Simplified Yema Cake

And that’s it pancit. Just serve it with love and accept all the compliments.

Love. Love. Love.

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