Thai Mango Cake (Khek Ma-Muang)

Khek Ma-Muang (Thai Mango Cake) recipe

The Spruce

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Cool Time: 60 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
479 Calories
26g Fat
54g Carbs
8g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
×
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 479
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 198mg 66%
Sodium 283mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 15mg 76%
Calcium 133mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 196mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

In Thailand, the mango cake known as khek ma-muang is a common preparation, both at home and in professional kitchens. A vanilla or coconut cake is the base, a simple and rich cream makes the icing, and fresh or canned mangoes fill and top the cake. The most beautiful versions are served at all the big hotels where chefs add intricate ornamental garnishes prepared with fresh mango and coconut. Even if it looks like a daunting process, preparing this mango cake isn't difficult at all, and can easily be made at home.

This beautiful and tasty cake is a perfect summer dessert but can also be enjoyed year-round. You can assemble the cake up to four hours in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days before serving.

Ingredients

For the Cake:

  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon sweetened dried coconut

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or butter, melted and cooled

  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract (or vanilla extract)

For the Cream:

  • 2.2 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract (or vanilla extract)

  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream

For Assembly:

  • 2 cups diced mangoes, divided, or 2 (14-ounce) cans mangoes, drained, divided

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this mango cake is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for khek ma-muang (Thai mango cake)
    The Spruce 
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Grease 2 (9-inch round) cake pans or line with parchment paper and set aside. 

    Two 9-inch round cake pans greased
    The Spruce
  3. In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the sugar on high speed for 4 to 5 minutes or until a ribbon forms when you stop and lift the beaters from the batter.

    Eggs and sugar beat together in a mixing bowl
    The Spruce
  4. On low speed, add the coconut, then gradually add the flour, baking powder, salt, melted and cooled coconut oil or butter, and coconut or vanilla extract. Avoid overmixing.

    Add coconut, vanilla, and other ingredients in a mixing bowl
    The Spruce
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans, distributing evenly.

    Batter for khek ma-muang in two cake pans
    The Spruce
  6. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a fork comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.

    Two Thai mango cakes baked in 9-inch round cake pans
    The Spruce
  7. Run a butter knife around the circumference of each pan to loosen the cake, and then leave in the pans to cool completely on wire racks.

    A knife run around the edge of the cake pans
    The Spruce 

Make the Cream

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for making whipped cream for khek ma-muang
    The Spruce
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar and coconut or vanilla extract until smooth.

    Cream cheese beaten with sugar, coconut, and vanilla extract in a bowl
    The Spruce 
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whip the cream until stiff peaks form, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    Whipped cream in a glass bowl
    The Spruce
  4. Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture a little at a time. Set aside.

    Whipping cream folded into the cream cheese
    The Spruce 

Assemble the Cake

  1. Get ready to assemble and gather the cakes, cream, and diced mangoes.

    Ingredients to assemble khek ma-muang
    The Spruce
  2. Gently remove the cakes from the pans. Place 1 cake on a plate and spoon over some cream to create a layer of about 1/2 to 1-inch in thickness. Top with half of the diced mango.

    Cream and mango filling on bottom layer of khek ma-muang
    The Spruce 
  3. Gently set the second cake on top. Using a flat frosting spatula, cover the entire cake with the remaining cream.

    Khek ma-muang completely covered in cream
    The Spruce 
  4. Decorate with the remaining fresh mango. Chill until ready to serve.

    Khek ma-muang (Thai mango cake) dressed with pieces of mango
    The Spruce
  5. Enjoy.

    Slice of Khek Ma-Muang (Thai Mango Cake) on a white plate
    The Spruce

Tips

  • This mango cake will last in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

About and Choosing Mangoes

Mangoes originated in Asia but have become a staple ingredient in sweet and savory dishes in Middle Eastern, Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Island cuisines. It took many centuries for mangoes to arrive in America and Europe, and although more common nowadays than a few decades ago, most mango varieties remain unknown in the West.

  • Canned Alphonso mangoes are great for this recipe and easily found in Asian grocery stores. Or use fresh Ataulfo or Kent, which are available in season in most American supermarkets.
  • If using fresh mangoes, choose the nonfibrous type and go for fruit that is soft to the touch but still has some firmness to it, like how you'd choose a peach.
  • Color is not a good indication of ripeness; many red mangoes can be green inside, and others can be yellowish-green on the outside but ripe and sweet inside. Always go by feel instead of appearance.

Recipe Variations

  • The cake can be further decorated with the use of bright berries like blueberries, blackberries, red currants, or strawberries.
  • Use mint leaves to give an extra touch of color.

Recipe Tags: