Steamed Filipino Cakes

    50 minutes

    These are very simple but tasty Filipino cakes called puto. You can steam them or cook them in the oven.

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    Serves: 18 

    • 4 cups (500g) plain flour
    • 2 cups (400g) white sugar
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 6 eggs
    • 340g evaporated milk
    • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water
    • 2 1/4 cups (255g) Edam cheese, grated

    Preparation:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Grease small cake moulds or ramekins for use in a steamer. Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder together in a bowl. In a separate, large bowl, scramble the eggs with the evaporated milk and water. Fold the dry mixture into the eggs until evenly blended. Fill the prepared moulds 2/3 of the way up with the batter and top with grated cheese.
    2. Fill a wok or a sauce pan that will hold a steamer basket with a few centimetres of water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Place the moulds into a steamer basket and place over the boiling water and cover.
    3. Steam until a toothpick inserted in the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature.


    If you do not have access to a steamer: Preheat oven to 180 degrees C oven. Pour your batter into greased muffin tins and place the tins into a large high sided pan; place onto the rack of the preheated oven. Carefully pour boiling water into the large pan, so that it reaches half way up the sides of the muffin tin. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

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    “I cook steamed Puto but not fluffy at all,any idea please let me I followed directions except I use egg white/egg yolk together I used muffin tins as my container for my molds  -  15 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    yes this is a very fun and easy way to cook,tasty and i love it,although i though puto is from rice.evryone try this and you will love it.i suggest decorate cheeze on it when its about 15mins,it also adds great flavor.i made mine so fluffy the cheeze just sink inside.good luck,enjoy cooking!  -  20 Sep 2007  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    i used to make puto but this one is so yummy and soft. it's easy to cook. my hubby and kids love it! thanks for posting this recipe. I am so excited to share it to my friends  -  08 Mar 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)