Plantain Cake (Torta de Plátano Maduro)

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Recetas Colombianas

Colombians love plátanos and bocadillo or plantains and guava paste in English. We mix these ingredients to make a customary Colombian dish called Torta de Plátano. This dish requires the use of very ripe plantains, heavily spotted. This plantain cake is tradionally served as a side dish, however the sweetness of the guava paste make this recipe a great dessert. When I was living in Colombia I used to make this cake with fresh cheese called Queso Fresco. This cheese is very common in most of South America. You can find it in Latin American food markets.

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(8- 10 servings)

  • 4 large very ripe plantains
  • 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups guava paste
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese, grated for topping


  1. Peel the plantains and cut them into thin strips about ¼” in thickness. Preheat the oven to 350° f.
  2. In a deep skillet, add vegetable oil. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the plantain slices and fry for approximately 2 minutes, stirring and turning occasionally.
  3. Remove the plantains using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, combine milk, beaten eggs, sugar, cinnamon, guava paste, cheese cubes and fried plantain. Mix well.
  5. Pour mixture into a greased baking pan, sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
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  1. says

    I just returned from a week in Medellin. I had a wonderful time and loved the food. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with me.

  2. says

    When I was stationed in Puerto Rico lucky me got to try and fall in love with plantains. My fave way to make and eat them was the twice fry and sprinkle salt on the warm smooshed patties. My mouth is watering just thinking of that and seeing your very yummy recipe.

  3. nikie says

    i found this by searching for vegan recipes using guava paste… i’m going to have to figure out how to vegan-ize this, it looks too good to skip :)

  4. Karrie says

    Hi Erica,

    I was wondering if the guava paste can be substituted with something else; I am having a hard time finding it where we live. Thanks for your time-

  5. Sheila says

    Oh I am now in Heaven this is one of my favorite foods from when I lived in Colombia (Pasto Narino). If you have never had this you MUST try it. Thank you so much for posting this I am going to make if for my family for Thanksgiving.

  6. Nichole says

    I recently discovered guava paste (as a glaze for grilling) and am eager to try your recipe. Do you melt the paste before mixing it or simply cube it? Thanks for sharing!

  7. Gilma says

    Erica, gracias por todas tus recetas… todas traen muchos recuerdos…
    Una pregunta, tu sabes la receta de empanadas Bogotanas? Gracias!!

  8. Liz says

    Would suggest beating the egg whites separately until they are stiff. On another bowl mix the egg yolks, sugar, and other ingredients (wit the exception of the plantains). I like to put some vanilla extract and rum or brandy (a little bit), instead of the cinnamon. I don´t use milk. When they are mixed pour over the egg whites and fold in gently.

    Place the plantains in a baking sheet, mix in the egg mixture and bake until it’s cooked.

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