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Bojo – Suriname Style Gluten Free Cassava Cake

Bojo - Suriname Style Gluten Free Cassava Cake is a common root vegetable cake throughout the Caribbean, where it is more commonly known as pone. This grain free dessert is perfect for dessert or even for a sweet breakfast.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: South American, Surinamese
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 340kcal



  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup tutti frutti optional
  • 1 cup rum optional
  • 2 ½ cups frozen cassava defrosted
  • 1 cup frozen grated coconut defrosted
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 ½ cups sugar I use Demarara raw brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg optional
  • 1 tablespoon butter for placing on top


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Soak raisins and turri frutti in rum for at least 2 hours. Drain.
  • Using a food processor, grind the cassava and coconut with the coconut milk until you have a thick cassava paste. This will take a good 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add melted butter, vanilla and almond extract. Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add cassava and dried fruit. Mix until thoroughly incorporated.
  • Spray a cake pan with non stick spray.
  • Transfer to the cake pan.
  • Add the nutmeg on top, if using.
  • Add the remaining butter, in small pats on top.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, until a tester inserted comes out clean.


  • If you prefer not to use rum, you can soak the fruit in orange juice or mango juice.
  • You can also make with fresh cassava/yuca. Grate the yuca at the finest side of a box grater and be careful to remove the core well. Otherwise, the cake will end up having a bitter taste.
  • Store leftovers in a container with a lid and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 82mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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