Puto (Filipino cakes)

Puto (Filipino cakes)


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About this recipe: Puto is a cake from the Philippines which is easy, unique and delicious. It has a very soft texture and is steamed.

Czy S.

Serves: 18 

  • 500g plain flour
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 (170g) tins evaporated milk
  • 350ml water
  • 250g Edam cheese, grated

Prep: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, beat 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 mixture and top with grated cheese.
  2. Fill a wok or a saucepan that will hold a steamer basket with a few inches of water. Bring the water to the boil over medium-high heat. Place the moulds into a steamer basket and place over the boiling water and cover.
  3. Steam until a skewer inserted in the centre of one of the putos 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 C / Gas 4 oven. Pour your cake mixture into greased muffin tins and place the tins into a large high sided baking dish or tin; place onto the rack of the preheated oven. Carefully pour boiling water into the large tin, so that it reaches half way up the sides of the muffin tin. Bake until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean, about 35 minutes.

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