■ 900g|2lb yams cooked, mashed & sieved

■ 150g|1-3/4 cup of dried grated coconut

■ 10g|1 tablespoon of unsalted butter

■ 6 egg yolks

■ 150g|1/2+1/3 cup of castor sugar

■ 28g|1oz toasted sesame seeds

■ 1 tablespoon softened unsalted butter

■ equipment: 8"|20cm spring form pan


1. Peel, wash and cut the yams to a 1.2cm|1/2” dice. Place in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer the yams until cooked, about 20 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool.     

2. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C|390˚F.

3. Whilst the yams are cooking put 4-5cm|2" of water in the bottom of a steamer pan. Put the dried coconut on a plate or muslin cloth in the basket and steam, covered, for 4-5 minutes until fluffy.

4. Cream the cooked yams using a potato ricer or mash by hand without adding any liquid. Then pass the yam through a sieve to remove any fibres.

5. In a mixing bowl cream the butter with the sugar, add the egg yolks and mix well. Add the steamed hydrated coconut, fold through, and then gently mix the mashed yam into the batter.

6. Double line the sides and bottom of the spring form cake pan with non-stick cooking paper, pour in the cake batter and level the top.

7. Place the cake in the pre-heated oven and bake for 60 minutes. Let the cake cool a little in the pan before removing and transferring to a rack.

8. To top with the sesame seeds; place the seeds in a dry frying pan and stirring toast over low heat until aromatic and coloured. Spread softened butter over the top of the cake and sprinkle on the toasted sesame seeds.


1 serving (of 8): 346 calories, 13.6g fat (8.3g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 34mg sodium, 53.8g carbohydrates (10.5g sugars, 6.5g fibre), protein 5g.

Macau Sweet Yam and Coconut Cake topped with  sesame seeds | Batatada

Macao Yam and Coconut Cake Recipe


Prep: 45m | Cook: 60m | Serves: 6-8

Yam, or potato, and coconut cake topped with toasted sesame seeds

Recipe adapted From: Felipe B Nery's english translation of Maria Celestina de Mello e Senna's cookbook "Bons Petiscos", 1972. Accessed online 2015, no longer available.

Ingredient Spotlight

Choose a yam with a light coloured skin and slightly yellow interior flesh or subsitute with Yukon Gold Potatoes.