This Plantain Cake or Torta de Plátano is absolutely delicious.I love the salty and sweet combination from the guava paste and cheese. Perfect for dessert, side dish or snack.
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 traditionally 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.
Ingredients to make this Plantain Cake
Plantains: You need very ripe plantains to make this cake, because they are sweeter. They should have a lot of black spots.
Oil: vegetable or canola oil will work for this recipe.
Eggs: I like to use cage free and organic eggs.
Spices: cinnamon and sugar.
Milk: you should use whole milk to make this cake.
Guava Paste: you can find guava paste at your local super market in the Latin aisle or online on Amazon.
Cheese: I like to use whole milk mozzarella cheese to make this recipe.
Plantain Cake Recipe (Torta de Plátano Maduro)
- 4 large very ripe plantains
- 1 ½ cups vegetable oil for frying
- 3 beaten eggs
- ½ 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
- Peel the plantains and cut them into thin strips about ¼” in thickness. Preheat the oven to 350° f.
- 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.
- Remove the plantains using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine milk, beaten eggs, sugar, cinnamon, guava paste, cheese cubes and fried plantain. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into a greased baking pan, sprinkle grated cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
What to Serve with this Ripe Plantain Cake
This cake is very versatile it can be serve as an appetizer, snack, dessert or side dish. Some of my favorite main dishes to serve with this dish are roasted chicken legs, breaded chicken breast, grilled chicken breast and stuffed meatloaf.
Plantains recipes you should try
Plantains with Brown Sugar (Plátanos Calados)
Fried Green Plantains (Patacones)
Baked Plantains with Guava and Cheese (Plátanos Asados con Queso y Bocadillo)
looks great just my type of food.. yum xx
mmm....looks really good. Ive only cooked with plantains once and really enjoyed the flavor. I think I'll have to try this.
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.
I am glad you enjoyed your trip!!!!I love medellín.
Thank you for the nice comment 🙂
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.
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 🙂
I love the recipes, I grow up in Medellin.
Thank you so much for your nice comment!
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-
Yo can buy guava paste online. You can omit the guava paste and make a plantain and cheese cake.
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.
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!
Nichole-I used diced guava paste.
Gracias por las recetas, esta con platano maduro, suena delicioso. Tratare de hacerlo pronto. Les deseo una Feliz Navidad y un prospero Año Nuevo.
Erica, se ve muy bueno este plato. Aver si lo hago ya que vivo en una finquita de platanos! Gracias por la receta. un abazo, Mari
Erica, gracias por todas tus recetas... todas traen muchos recuerdos...
Una pregunta, tu sabes la receta de empanadas Bogotanas? Gracias!!
I made this plantain cake and we all loved it...! It is fantastic. Colombian food is the best.
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.
Ya lo he preparado varias veces y me encanta esta receta.. gracias !!
Oh my lordy lord. This looks heavenly.
Alright, I might have to give this one a go instead of your other plantain cake!
Absolutely delicious!! This is a keeper. Thank you for a great recipe.
This recipe is very close to the way my mom makes it back in Colombia. It is really good. Thank you!
can you tell me what size pan to use for the plantain cake
I used a large loaf pan.