Add a pop of color and delicate nutty, vanilla-like flavor to this swirled marble cake with ube extract! Ube is a purple yam that is a popular ingredient in Filipino cuisine used in a variety of dishes. Desserts flavored with ube typically utilize extract that can be found in Asian markets. Vegan or not, you’re sure to enjoy this moist cake to elevate your next coffee or tea break! This recipe is part of our Special Edition Meal Planner dedicated to celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
- 1 stick softened vegan butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/ 2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, lukewarm
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons ube extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a loaf pan by greasing with a bit of oil and lining with parchment paper.
Mix the lukewarm non-dairy milk and vinegar in a small bowl or measuring cup until well combined. Allow it to sit for about 5 minutes to curdle and create "buttermilk."
Cream your butter and sugar with a stand mixer or electric hand mixer in a medium-sized bowl on high, for about 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl when needed.
Add in the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt to butter mixture. Mix on low until just combined. (It will look a little crumbly.)
Add non-dairy buttermilk along with the vanilla extract. Continue to mix on low for a few more seconds or until you get a thick batter. Lumps are okay! DO NOT OVERMIX.
Pour half of the batter into another bowl, and add ube extract. Use a rubber spatula and fold the batter until the ube extract has fully mixed in.
Spoon ¾ of the plain vanilla batter into prepared loaf pan and smooth the surface. Gently spread the ube batter in the pan, and lastly, add dollops of the remaining plain vanilla batter overtop. Use a butter knife, chopstick, or toothpick to create swirls in the batter.
Bake pound cake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Allow cake to cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. Serve and enjoy!