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How to Make Ube Ice Cream: Traditional Filipino Dessert

Thelma Alberts is passionate about baking and cooking, and she likes to get creative. She worked for many years in cafeterias in Germany.

Homemade ube (purple yam) ice cream

Homemade ube (purple yam) ice cream

I live in Germany but I originally came from the Philippines. Every summer, no matter where I am, I crave traditional Filipino ube ice cream. The problem is that I can't find this treat in the stores in Germany—so I have to make it at home.

Thankfully, I received an "ube fiesta kit" from the Philippine Consulate General in Frankfurt a few weeks ago. I was so happy to see the contents of this kit! It contained ube powder and ube flavoring, among other items.

Ube is the Filipino word for purple yam. It is a tuber commonly used in making Filipino desserts like ube halaya jam, cakes, smoothies, pancakes, halo-halo and ice cream.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

4-6 servings


  • 2 cups ube (purple yam) powder
  • 1/2 cup evaporated or fresh milk
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 400 grams double cream
  • 200 grams condensed milk
  • 200 grams creamy coconut milk
  • 3-4 teaspoons ube flavouring


  • Cooking pot
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tupperware
  • Weighing scale
  • Measuring cup and spoon
  • Electric mixer
  • Spoon or a ladle
  • Ice scooper


  1. Make the ube halaya jam: In a cooking pot, combine the ube powder, fresh milk and 1/2 cup condensed milk. Mix well and stir constantly over medium heat until it is smooth and sticky. Let it cool.
  2. In a cold mixing bowl, add the double cream and whisk it with a cold whisk until it is creamy.
  3. Add 200 grams condensed milk and the coconut milk. Beat the mixture well and then add the ube flavoring. Beat the mixture again.
  4. Add the ube halaya jam (from step 1) and continue mixing until smooth and creamy.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a Tupperware and freeze it for at least 6 hours or overnight before eating it. Bon appetit!

Tips and Suggestions

  • Make the ube halaya a few hours before making the ice cream.
  • Use fresh milk instead of evaporated milk if you can´t find it in your supermarket.
  • Put the double cream, condensed milk and coconut milk in the freezer overnight before using.
  • Put the mixing bowl and whisk in the fridge an hour before use in order to cool them down.

Ube Facts

  • Ube is often confused with purple sweet potatoes due to the similarity in color and in taste. It has a sweet and nutty flavor. It should be cooked or baked before eating.
  • Ube is popular in making traditional and modern varieties of Filipino desserts.

I hope you will enjoy making this ube ice cream!

Homemade ube ice cream

Homemade ube ice cream

© 2022 Thelma Alberts