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Ube Mille Crepe Cakes From Lady M Are a First For The Luxury Dessert Brand

Ube, or Philippine purple yam, is a key ingredient in making a wide array of Filipino desserts. Known for its distinct and eye-catching purple hue, ube brings an unmistakable Filipino flavor to any dish it’s incorporated with. Lady M, a luxury confections brand, recognizes this and has brought the purple wonder to its iconic Mille Crêpes Cake.

The Purple Yam Mille Crêpes Cake is a true treat for ube lovers everywhere. Luscious and sweet ube is incorporated into every element of the cake – from the lacy ube crepes to the layers of whipped ube and cream — which is then generously topped with ube crumbles and snow sugar. The word “mille”means “a thousand” in French, which implies endless layers of deliciousness in each cake.

Death by ube would sound like a happy ending to me, and that’s what this cake delivers. All ube everything is a sweet realization with Lady M’s Purple Yam Mille Crêpes, which are available now at Lady M boutique locations worldwide or online via shipping to the US and Canada.

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Cravings Culture

Look At All The Pretty Purple In This Ube Mango Sticky Rice and Ube Cheese Bread

The vibrant and royal hues of ube has been one of the more recognizable hallmarks of Filipino cuisine. Ube, which is also referred to as purple yam, can be enjoyed in many dessert forms, with ube halaya, a boiled and mashed version of it, serving as the base.

One pop-up business, OohBae Cafe, out of Aliso Viejo, California, is serving up some of the most unique and delicious applications of ube, whether it be in ube cheese pandesal bread rolls, ube mango sticky rice, and ube silvanas, which are Filipino cashew merengue cookies layered with buttercream and cookie crumbs.

For owners Marie and Dale, OohBae Cafe was borne out of the now common pandemic pivot, where like many other individuals, the married couple found inspiration in other avenues, namely the kitchen.

“My husband and I both grew up in the Philippines, him and his family made ube halaya and sold it to make a living during the holidays. Luckily my husband was able to replicate the recipe with the help of my mother-in-law,” shared Marie.

OohBae Cafe has served as a welcome distraction from the all that 2020 was and wasn’t for Marie and Dale, as Marie admits, “It kept us busy and helped us forget all the mishaps throughout the year. Dale was let go from his job due to an injury in 2020 and OohBae was there for us to keep our sanity and give us hope.”

For now OohBae Cafe runs as a pop-up out of Aliso Viejo, California, with goods available for pickup or delivery in the local area. Marie adds, “We try to do regular pop-ups once a week or every other week as the demand keeps growing.”

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Fast Food

7-Elevens In Hawaii Serve Up Ube and Haupia-Flavored Slushies

Hawaii’s universally known as a literal paradise. But beyond that, the tropical escape is also a foodie’s paradise, so much so that even 7-Elevens out there got some unique options to offer.

Spotted by @foodwithmichel, Ube and Haupia-flavored Slurpees are being dispensed at a 7-Eleven location out in the land of aloha. Ube, a purple yam from the Philippines, and Haupia, a coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert, sound like perfect thirst quenchers when you’re out enjoying all the islands have to offer, really.

It’s not enough that they got gorgeous beaches everywhere and ideal weather, but even Hawaiian 7-Elevens gotta level up on the rest of us, too? You win, Hawaii, you win.

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Restaurants Video

The Pasta Lab Cranking Out Creative Classics Like UBE Mac & Cheese

Fresh made pasta is one of the world’s tastiest comforts, especially when put into a creamy, cheesy sauce that gets the serotonin spiking.

There’s many variations on mac and cheese and similar pasta dishes out in the wild. What makes the Ube Mac and Cheese from Orange County’s Pvsta Lab stand out, however, is their fresh made ube pasta with a striking violet hue.

It’s not something you expect to see every day when it comes to fresh pasta, but Pvsta Lab has this on rotation daily as part of its more unique offerings. With hints of ube coming through in the flavor as well, this is a bowl of comfort with a difference both in taste and on visuals.

Pvsta Lab also creates different unique dishes like a blend of chicken katsu and chicken Parmesan, plus other twists that might be on the menu depending on the day. What else they might be adding to pasta in the future is anyone’s guess.

You can check out the full story on Pvsta Lab and their one-of-a-kind Ube Mac in the Foodbeast video located at the top of this story.

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What's New

Trader Joe’s Has An All-New Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix

With this pancake cereal trend blowing up everywhere, pancake mixes are flying off shelves. If you happen to be near a Trader Joe’s, however, you might be lucky enough to spot something pretty unique in the offerings of breakfast cake batter.

A crazy cool new variation of pancake mix was just spotted at Trader Joe’s: Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle Mix.

Spotted by Trader Joe’s aficionado with the apt handle @TraderJoesAficionado,  this brand new item draws inspiration from the popular purple yams known as ube most prominently used in Filipino desserts. Ube flour is combined with rice flour to create an extra chewy texture within these pancakes. Entirely gluten free, all you really need is flour, eggs, and butter.

Let’s be honest, there’s no way I’d make minis of these. I’d want to try fat stacks of them on my first go. Looks and sounds AMAZING.

You can find this Ube Mochi Pancake and Waffle mix at participating Trader Joe’s locations throughout the U.S.

Feature image courtesy of @TraderJoesAficionado
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Cravings Sweets

This Ube Churro Bowl Will Have You Eating Ice Cream In Style

While ube has been around forever, we’ve yet to see the mashed purple yam take on such a form as this Ube Churro Bowl. Yet no frontier will go undiscovered when it comes to food, and this sweet purple dessert is a shining example of that.

Nitrolado, a nitrogen-based ice cream parlor in Garden Grove, CA, has created a dessert that oozes ube.

How did they pull this Ube Churro Bowl off?

The dessert shop create a customized ube-flavored churro bowl that’s molded using cupcake tins and plopped into the deep fryer. As the churro is plunged into a pool of white-hot oil, Nitrolado mixes together an ube-flavored sugar that’s ready to coat the deep-fried novelty dish. Once it cools a bit, the bowl is ready to meet a scoop (or two) of ube-flavored ice cream. The three ube components come together like a sweet miniature purple Megazord.

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As far as toppings go, Nitrolado typically serves this popular dessert with pieces of mochi. However, you can pretty much have it with any of the toppings the store offers. Fruity Pebbles, for example, adds a nice vibrance to the all-purple canvas.

You can find this Ube Churro Bowl at Nitrolado tucked away in Orange County. As with all other specialty ice cream dishes we write about, make sure to get your Instagram photos taken quickly. Everyone should be able to enjoy their ice cream before it melts.

Photo: Peter Pham
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10 Sweet Ube Desserts You Need Right About Now

Ube seems to be every foodie’s new obsession, and with good reason. If you’re not sure what it is, ube is basically a purple yam, similar to a sweet potato, most notably found in Filipino cuisine. While ube tastes amazing and is extremely versatile to cook with, the veggie’s claim to fame is its beautiful purple hue. The stuff can make anything look good. Because ube deserves to be in your life if it isn’t already, here are some of our favorite ube desserts.

Ube Donut


See what we mean about the beautiful color? It’s so rare to find natural foods this vivid without any food dye, but ube has defied all odds. Manila Social Club in NYC started making these donuts and everyone went wild. We would literally hop on a plane and fly across the country for a dozen of these without any shame.

Ube Brioche Ice Cream Sandwich


Dear Lord, we can barely comprehend the amazingness that is in front of us. If you’re wondering, and you should be, this is ube ice cream toasted into a brioche bun with shiso granola and a little coconut dulce de leche for good measure. Yet another infectious concoction out of New York City. What’s in the water over there? The city sure knows its sweets.

Ube Velvet Whoopie Pie

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These are Ube whoopie pies. The cake is ube velvet, as opposed to red velvet, and the cream is ube gelato. That’s three delicious layers of ube in one amazing dessert. You know, this looks oddly similar to Sunday nights when we do meal prep. Oh, what a world it would be to eat ube whoopie pies for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Ube Coffee Cake

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Okay, guys. This is ube coffee cake, so that means we’ve officially found a sweet ube treat that’s acceptable to eat for breakfast. This luscious goodie is topped with a coconut sugar walnut crumble, just for that added crunch. With that beautiful hue, how could you say no?

Ube Leche Flan Cupcake


To any known deity in the universe, all we ask of you is that some day we will be able to experience the deliciousness that is this ube cupcake. We would also like to point out that this little beauty is topped with leche flan instead of frosting. That’s just how Cafe 86, a Filipino joint located in Southern California, rolls.

Flores de Ube

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While we mentioned ube is commonly found in Filipino cuisine, none of the sweets we’ve listed so far are traditional applications of the ube. That ends here with these incredible Flores de Ube. Word on the street is you can get three of these these sweet, tasty rolls for only $1.99 at Valerio’s Tropical Bake Shop in Daly City, CA. Use whatever train, plane, or automobile to get there, stat.

Ube NiceCream


Sure, we’ve heard of “Nicecream.” It’s basically frozen bananas that somehow magically adopt the taste and texture of ice cream after being blended together. But we have never seen Ube Nicecream. Now you can indulge in a sweet ube treat that is, dare we say, actually healthy for you. Plus, if you have a blender, this will be a piece of cake to make.

Ube Upside Down Pie


Okay, so this basically looks like heaven in a jar. What is it, you ask? Well, this is an upside down ube pie with a graham cracker Greek yogurt crumble. Pineapple upside down cake is pretty visually stunning as is, but it might have some competition here. That gorgeous shade of purple just can’t be beat.

Ube Cinnamon Roll


Everyone loves cinnamon rolls. They’re the quintessential Sunday morning breakfast. We’ve spent so many weekend mornings curled up with a cup of coffee and a warm, sticky cinnamon roll, you don’t even want to know. It just doesn’t get better than that. Well, maybe we spoke too soon. This ube cinnamon roll with cream cheese frosting and caramelized coconut sugar is definitely way better.

Ube Bread Pudding


Wow, this is absurd. We didn’t think anything could top Cafe 86’s ube cupcake with leche flan, but that was before we discovered their ube bread pudding with ube ice cream. What the heck. Just look how dense and delicious that bread pudding looks. And don’t even get us started on the ice cream. Drool.

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Hit-Or-Miss

Filipino Chef Unleashes $100 24-Karat Gold Donut on the World

A New York chef is selling golden donuts for $100 apiece.

Björn Delacruz sells the 24-karat gold-leafed donuts at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s Manila Social Club restaurant, where he is executive chef, reports Forbes.

Delacruz’s $100 donuts gained a degree of internet infamy after uploading a picture of his creation to Instagram and then through a First We Feast profile.

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The donuts, which can bought for $1,000 per dozen, are made by hand. Delacruz uses pâte à choux, a typical pastry dough, made from purple ube flour. Purple ube is purple yam from the Philippines, where he was born.

After he fries the doughnuts, he fills them with purple ube mousse and Cristal jelly. He then glazes the doughnuts and covers them in gold leaf.

“The reason I chose Cristal over another type of champagne is because Cristal has really great honey notes which goes great with ube (purple yam),” he told First We Feast. “For me, it’s shiny and it’s golden, but it comes together to create a really great doughnut, as crazy as that sounds. There was a time when I was eating this doughnut while drinking Cristal, and I was like, ‘Oh, this is a great combo!’”

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All of the ingredients come together to create a golden, flaky doughnut with a creamy, purple filling.

Delacruz says he made 20 deliveries of golden doughnuts last Friday to mostly customers purchasing a single doughnut each, with some ordering a full dozen. He says most people who buy his doughnuts want them for a special occasion, like birthdays and proposals.

“People like to celebrate their loved ones in an extreme fashion. They want to do something bordering on ridiculous. They do something with complete passion,”Delacruz told Forbes. “This wasn’t meant to be a big money maker, it was meant to celebrate.”

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark