Enyucado (Colombian Style Cassava Cake)

by Erica Dinho on January 23, 2010

This post is also available in Spanish

Enyucado is a traditional recipe from The Atlantic coast of Colombia. It is a cake made with shredded yuca, cheese, coconut and star anis seeds and is sweet with a wonderful texture.

I receive a lot e-mails from my readers asking me when I will be writing about certain favorite traditional Colombian recipes and this Enyucado is one of them. So, here is the recipe everyone. It was really easy to make and absolutely delicious. I hope you enjoy it.



  • 3 cups shredded yuca or cassava
  • 11/2 cups queso fresco, grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground star anis


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. In a large bowl place all the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Place the mixture in a buttered baking dish and bake for about 45 to 50 minutes or until golden browned. Let cool, cut into squares and serve.
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1 Angie@Angie's Recipes January 23, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I have never had enyucado before. It looks so inviting!


2 Tangled Noodle January 23, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Yet another amazing recipe that I must try out! (I’d better get started soon) I’ve had Filipino and Vietnamese cassava cakes and love them both; I know that I will love Enyucado, too, especially with the queso. Can I use frozen shredded cassava for this?


3 Erica January 23, 2010 at 1:59 PM

Tangled Noodle- Yes, you can use frozen cassava.


4 Gloria January 23, 2010 at 3:38 PM

This look absolutely amazing Erica!!! me encnata! besoos gloria


5 Ivy January 23, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Yuca is another ingredient we don’t get in Greece but still it looks great and I am sure I would love it.


6 Christine @ Fresh Local and Best January 23, 2010 at 4:47 PM

This looks like a wonderful dessert!


7 Velva January 23, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Erica, this looks delicious. The cake looks extra moist (almost wet) and sweet. I bet this is sooooooo good.


8 Devon January 23, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Had you ever made Enyucado before you received all of those requests? If this was your first attempt, it came out really beautiful.


9 Erica January 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Devon- It was the first time. Thank you!


10 Joan Nova January 23, 2010 at 6:12 PM

This sounds delicious and not difficult – and I love that you say it’s ok to use frozen yuca/cassava…because it is! I have some left over from my recipe for Nicaragua today and I may just try making this. Thanks Erica.


11 Lyndsey January 23, 2010 at 6:44 PM

What an interesting recipe. I really want to try it. It looks amazing!


12 Pilar January 23, 2010 at 8:26 PM

As a Colombian from the Caribbean coast (where Enyucado is from), I can say that you don’t have to use Star Anise if you don’t have any. Regular anise is fine, actually it is more common to use regular Anise than Star Anise, which I guess must be very tasty too.
Erica, do you have the recipe for Pastel de Yuca? Its like our Costeño (from the Colombian Caribbean coast) version of Shepherds Pie.


13 Erica January 23, 2010 at 8:46 PM

Hi Pilar- I ate Pastel de yuca at a friend’s house in Cartagena 12 years ago! I have to call her for the recipe.

Thank you so much for your comments. I love all the suggestions you usually give me and my readers ;-) if you have any good recipes, just send them to me and I will try and publish them.


14 Kim January 24, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Wow – this is a quick and easy recipe. It looks pretty with the star anise atop!


15 Erika from The Pastry Chef At Home January 24, 2010 at 2:20 AM

I had no idea you could make cake with yuca. Delicioso!


16 Sophie January 24, 2010 at 6:52 AM

Waw !!! I have never seen this recipe before,…this is surely a must try, Erica!!

Very apart & intersting flavours!


17 Erica January 24, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Thank you all for the comments!


18 Joanne January 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Oh my this is absolutely to-die for! I am definitely making this soon. Coconut and cassava! Two of my favorite things.


19 Amalia January 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Erica habia oido hablar mucho del Enyucado pero no lo habia visto nunca, el tuyo se ve riquisimo


20 Oysterculture January 24, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Wow, this sounds amazing, yet again combo I would not have thought to put together with the cheese, and star anise – must try soon!!!!


21 Soma January 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Very interesting ingredients put in together to create a beautiful looking cake. Wish I could taste the flavor.


22 Erica January 24, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


23 Faith January 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM

I’ve never had anything like this, but it looks amazing! I love the different textures — the smooth inside and the crispy outside…perfection!


24 Anonymous January 24, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Que ganas me están entrando de salir a comprar una yuca.
Que bueno que tiene que estar!!
Me apunto la receta.
Un beso.


25 Cynthia January 24, 2010 at 7:51 PM

This looks so good. I love cassava. What can I substitute for queso fresco?


26 Erica January 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM

Cynthia- Farmer cheese.


27 Pilar January 24, 2010 at 8:25 PM

I can give you mine, Erica. Trust me you will not be disappointed. I’ll send it to you later this week.


28 Erica January 24, 2010 at 8:31 PM

Pilar- Thank you so much!


29 Bo January 24, 2010 at 9:30 PM

This really looks amazing…I love coconut…Ive never had yuca.


30 grace January 25, 2010 at 8:26 AM

although i’m unfamiliar with both yucca and cassava, the very presence of coconut makes this appealing to me. i also think the mouthfeel must be out of this world!


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32 Erica January 25, 2010 at 9:04 AM

Thank you guys!


33 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen January 25, 2010 at 4:05 PM

Looks delicious! I don’t think I have ever had cassava…but this looks like my kind of dessert!


34 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella January 25, 2010 at 6:07 PM

I love your Colombian recipes Erica! This looks wonderful :) It reminds me of a Fijian style cassava dessert too!


35 Anna January 25, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Wow, I never had that, but it looks delicious. I want to try that If I can find cassava here.


36 jesus octavio jaramillo January 25, 2010 at 7:49 PM

que bueno encontrar sobre uno de los aperitivos tipicos de mi departamento el Chocó…el enyucado.


37 Chris De La Rosa January 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM

Somewhat similar to a sort of cake we make in Trinidad and Tobago called cassava pone.


38 Erika January 27, 2010 at 12:15 AM

I know Anise is a main seasoning, but I hate Anise do you have a suggestion as what and if I could switch it up with?



39 Erica January 27, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Erika- You can omit the anise., But that give a special flavor to enyucado


40 Diana January 29, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Oh wow, I love this recipe! I’ll have to look out for yuca. Definitely a keeper!!


41 Erica February 3, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Thank you all for taking the time and leave a comment!


42 bmenina May 23, 2010 at 6:39 PM

My garndmother used to make enyucado, i never learned how to,Ijust remember the wonderful texture and special star amise flavor. She used to add fruit or raisins to hers, can you tell me how to do it. Thanks, I’ll make it at once, how wonderful to have your recipe, and bring back those happy, carefree days.


43 Erica May 23, 2010 at 8:41 PM

Bmenina- I didn’t add fruit to the enyucado before, but maybe one of the readers can help you!


44 Alexandra Vargas-Zaad July 15, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Erica que delicia yo no sabia que la receta fuera tan sencilla. Me acuerdo que en mi casa lo hacian pero siempre me parecia que llevaba mucho trabajo. Voy a probar la receta y te cuento. El enyucado es una verdadera delicia tropical que es muy unica. Me encantan tambien las recetas de los aguacates rellenos de camarones. Por casualidad no tienes la receta del arroz de plato maduro? Es espectacular.
Saludos y me encanta tu website!!!


45 turtle March 23, 2011 at 12:03 PM

I just found your website, and I love your recipes. I especially like your enyucado! Thanks!!


46 Adriana July 1, 2011 at 3:20 PM


Can I substitute condensed milk for the sugar?

Also, I have a question about the yuca. Do I use frozen yuca and defrost then shred? Or, do I use fresh yuca, peel it and then shred? I’ve never worked with fresh yuca so not sure.

Lastly, the coconut. I will look for fresh coconut but if I cannot find can I use unsweetened dry shredded coconut?

I plan to make this to surprise a friend of mine who is from Baranquilla. He requested anything “Colombiano” for our 4th of July celebration..go figure!! I think he’s homesick for Colombian food!! As I would be, too.


47 Erica July 1, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Adriana- I didn’t use condensed milk in this dish, but you can try it.
You can use frozen or fresh yuca.
You don’t have to use fresh coconut. Packaged unsweetened coconut is fine.


48 Adriana July 3, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Muchas gracias..this turned out wonderfully. I did use the condensed milk instead of sugar.


49 Tina Belcher April 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

This looks scrumptious!! Do I have to cook the yucca before shredding it? or Do I shred the yucca raw? Thanks


50 Erica Dinho April 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM



51 Sonrisa August 29, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Hi Erica,
This recipe looks great. Im not sure if anyone asked this yet, but is it possible to not use the queso fresco? My family is Dairy free. If there is a good alternative let me know, Thanks!


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