Puto Recipe

Steamed rice cake

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“Puto” is one of the most popular Filipino rice cakes that fall under the umbrella of "kakanin", which is an array of rice-based Filipino desserts.

I'm aware that "puto" has negative connotations for some cultures around the world, but I promise that its yumminess makes up for it!

Usually puto is made with just rice flour, but I included glutinous rice to give it a bouncy and chewy texture. I also topped it with American yellow cheese, which makes for the ultimate sweet and salty combination!


1 cup rice flour
1 cup glutinous rice flour
1 ½ tbsp baking powder
1 ½ cup sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 can coconut milk (~13.5 fl oz)
American cheese slices (any salty cheese works too)


Combine the two cups of rice flour. In this recipe, I use half rice flour and the other half glutinous rice flour to create that mochi-like texture, but feel free to use 2 cups regular rice flour for simplicity’s sake.

Add the baking powder, sugar, and salt and whisk all the dry ingredients thoroughly. Then, pour in the whole can of coconut milk, and then mix very well until the batter is no longer lumpy. Transfer the ready batter into a pourable container.

Get some cupcake molds and pour only about ¾ high of batter into each mold; puto rises! Use as many molds as you need to use up all the batter. Then, for each puto, place a slice of American cheese that fits on a single puto.

Get a steamer ready to steam the puto. Place your molds into the steamer and steam for 15-25 minutes. If you can’t fit all of your molds into a steamer pot like I couldn’t, consider cutting your molds into portions that fit.

I had different sized molds, and I found that smaller, 1½ inch molds of puto take about 15-20 minutes to cook through, while larger, 2-inch molds take about 20-25 minutes.

After the puto finishes steaming, allow it to cool and enjoy!

Special Notes:

For best results, wrap a towel securely around the lid of your steamer to prevent condensation from dripping onto your puto.


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