Every country has versions of Puto Recipe (Rice Cakes), and the Philippines is not behind when it comes to it. The Filipino Version of Puto requires the cakes to be steamed to come out very fluffy but not dry and very delicious. It is made from rice flour, and stories say that some ferment the puto to bring out more flavors. The modern version, however, does not require fermenting and is straightforward and very easy.

Puto Cheese
Puto Cheese in Two (2) Colors

Puto Recipe and Variations

The most common version of Puto Recipe is the one shaped like Cupcakes with a log of Cheese on top. Puto comes in a variety of flavors and colors. The most popular ones are the Cheese Flavored Puto and the Salted Egg-Topped Puto. During special occasions in the Philippines, one might see some Puto without the Cheese on top and what’s left is the groove from it. It is hilarious in a way since the children, who are not very fond of eating too much, take the cheese but not eat the Puto itself. Another variation is the savory puto with slivers of salted egg on top. And again, the toppings may go missing once served and left unsupervised in some households.

How to Make Puto Cheese

The Recipe may vary depending on the place but the traditional Puto Recipe uses Ground Rice and not regular Flour. It is just like making a simple cake but through steaming. The ingredients are Baking Powder, Sugar, the type of Flour preference, Milk and the flavoring like shreds of Cheese. A Steamer is needed indeed to achieve the wonderful texture of the Puto.

Puto Cheese Steaming


Puto Recipe (Filipino Puto with Cheese)

Every country has versions of Puto Recipe (Rice Cakes), and the Philippines is not behind when it comes to it. The Filipino Version of Puto requires the cakes to be steamed to come out very fluffy but not dry and very delicious.

  • Author: Pilipinas Recipes
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Filipino


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar white
  • 2 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted (optional)
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 eggs beaten-optional
  • Cheese – cut into small pieces for toppings.


  1. Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add butter, vanilla, eggs-optional, evaporated milk, water and mixed all ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Pour mixture into molds or small cupcake pans (3/4 full).
  4. Put cheese on top of the mixture.
  5. Preheat the steamer.
  6. Put the molds in the steamer and steam for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove the Puto from the molds and serve!


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  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 240
  • Sugar: 21.9 g
  • Sodium: 200 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.7 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.3 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 47 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 29.7 mg

Keywords: steamed rice cake, holiday treats, sweet snack, traditional


Best Puto Recipe

The most satisfying thing about biting into a puto probably is how it is really soft, like biting into a cake, and then it springs back a little bit. But unlike regular cakes, it does not get dry and it can be really moist for a long time. The Cheese Flavored Puto is easily a favorite of many. There are versions of Puto that are like huge Cakes and not like the cupcake servings. The huge chunks of Cheese are seen everywhere and they bring a flavor explosion once you bite into one.
Puto Cheese
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3.2/5 - (9 votes)


  1. Hello gud morning kakagawa lang po namin nung puto we used skimmed milk or powdered milk instead of evaporated milk. Nung una po medyo matigas yung kinalabasan nung sinunod namin yubg recipe, yun po pala kulang po sa baking powder. ANG SARAP PO NYA!SO FLUFFY??

  2. Hello po.. I want to make puto yung with different colors.. Do I also have to put flavorings like ube extract or just food color ??? thank you !!!!

  3. Hello po. Isa po akung senior high school student at my business plan po kaming ginagawa. For our business po I choose puto ..anu po bang kaibahan ng puto sa ibang kakanin o ibang pagkain nameron sa puto at wla sa iba po??thank u po

  4. Hello po sinubukan ko kaso bat po ganun pag ahon ko po tumigas xa para na xa tuloy kotchinta huhuhu..please guide me tamang oras at measure nmn po lahat..

    • Hindi po ba umalsa? Try to add more baking powder, mga 1 tsp. Baka po napatagal yung steam. Hayaan niyo po muna na kumulo yung tubig. Pag kumukulo na pwede niyo na i-steam yung puto, try 15 minutes first. Then check steam for a few more minutes hanggang maluto na yung puto.

    • Also, the batter should not be too thick. Try to add water 1tbsp at a time until it is the right consistency. Should be thin and flows smoothly when you pour it.


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