Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Guava Cake

Guava cake begins with a layer of strawberry/guava cake, is slathered with a cream cheese filling and topped with a delicious guava gel glaze. 

Since it's a chilled dessert, it's very refreshing and perfect for warm weather. However, it's tasty any time of year. Since it's pink, I made it as an early Valentine's treat.
  
Guava Cake

Guava cake is served often in restaurants in Hawaii. At least that's what the internet tells me. I have not yet had the opportunity to visit Hawaii. 

My first introduction to this cake was at a football dinner last fall. Each week the parents bring food for all the boys the night before the game. One of the coaches wives brought this guava cake. It's one of those desserts that's a little bit unique, and everyone wants to try it. 

It was the hit of the night. So I knew I needed to have the recipe in my repertoire for future get-togethers. 

GUAVA CAKE

I've talked about this before, but in general I'm not a cake fan. I don't like box cakes, or store bought cakes. I'm not a fan of cupcakes. (I know, shocking! Everyone is supposed to like cupcakes.) 

But there are always exceptions to every rule and this guava cake is definitely one of them. The guava nectar adds so much flavor and creates a moist cake. (Dry and crumbly cake is a deal breaker for me.)

Adding the cream cheese filling certainly takes it up a notch. But what brings this cake over-the-top is the guava glaze. The thickened guava juice just ties it all together and is SO good.


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INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR GUAVA CAKE

The star ingredient of this cake is the guava nectar or juice. I had to go to a couple stores to find some. 

I used the Jumex brand, because that is what is available in my area. Any guava nectar or juice will work.

I have found it in the juice aisle (also check the refrigerated juices), OR in the Hispanic foods section of the store. 

You will need three 12 oz. cans to have enough for the recipe.
  • guava nectar
  • strawberry cake mix
  • eggs
  • butter
  • cream cheese
  • sugar
  • vanilla
  • Cool Whip
  • corn starch
  • water

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HOW TO MAKE HAWAIIAN GUAVA CAKE

This recipe starts out with a strawberry cake mix. This will give it some delicious flavor as well as the pretty pink color. 


MAKING THE CAKE

To the cake mix, add 1 1/3 cup of guava nectar, 3 eggs and 1/3 c. melted butter. Mix until well incorporated. 

cake batter for guava cake

Pour into a greased 9 X 13 pan and bake at 350 for 28-33 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

While the cake is baking/cooling, prepare the cream cheese filling and the guava glaze. They can be stored in the refrigerator until the cake is cooled and ready to be assembled.

guava cake with bowl of cream cheese filling and guava glaze

MAKING THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING

Mix together 8 oz. of softened cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Mix in an 8 oz. container of Cool Whip. Refrigerate until ready to frost.

MAKING THE GUAVA TOPPING

Bring 2 cups of guava nectar and 1/2 cup of sugar to a boil. Mix together 1/4 cup cornstarch with 3 Tbsp. of water. Pour into guava mixture and boil one minute. 

At this point I noticed that my glaze was kind of an orange color. I wanted it to be a pretty pink, so I added just a drop of red food coloring. That did the trick.

Cool in the refrigerator until ready to use.

ASSEMBLING THE CAKE

adding whipped cream cheese mixture to cake

Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cake. 

guava cake with guava gel glaze


Next, pour the guava glaze on top and spread evenly. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving.

Store the cake in the refrigerator.

Guava Cake Recipe

Guava Cake Recipe

Servings: 20
Author: Rachel
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 50 M
Guava flavored cake slathered with a cream cheese filling and topped with a delicious guava glaze.

Ingredients

Guava Cake
  • strawberry cake mix
  • 1 1/3 c. guava nectar or juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c. butter, melted
Cream Cheese Layer
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip
Guava Gel Glaze Topping
  • 2 c. guava nectar or juice
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 1 drop red food coloring

Instructions

Guava Cake
  1. Pour the strawberry cake mix in a bowl.
  2. Add the guava nectar, eggs and butter. 
  3. Mix with an electric mixer until well incorporated.
  4. Pour into a greased 9 X 13 pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for 28-33 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Layer
  1. Mix together cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Fold in Cool Whip. 
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to add to cake. 
Guava Gel Glaze Topping
  1. Add the guava nectar and sugar to a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Mix together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and add to the guava mixture.
  3. Boil for one additional minute. 
  4. Add 1 drop of red food coloring if desired.
  5. Let cool in refrigerator.
Assembling the Cake
  1. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the cake.
  2. Pour the guava glaze on top and spread evenly.
  3. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  4. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes:

Guava nectar or juice are interchangeable in this recipe.

You can find guava nectar in the juice aisle, the refrigerated juice section, or the Hispanic foods section of the store.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories

175.10

Fat (grams)

8.86

Sat. Fat (grams)

5.02

Carbs (grams)

22.38

Fiber (grams)

0.36

Net carbs

22.01

Sugar (grams)

18.57

Protein (grams)

2.08

Sodium (milligrams)

102.82

Cholesterol (grams)

52.22

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and not guaranteed to be correct.

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