Filipino Cheese Rice Cakes Recipe – Puto Recipe

Filipino Cheese Rice Cakes Recipe – There are several types of rice cakes in Asian cuisine. In Filipino culture, rice cakes can refer to a dish known as puto. Puto is a type of Filipino snack/dessert that covers various kinds of indigenous steamed cakes. They are traditionally made from slightly fermented rice dough and often paired with savory dishes. You can, however, enjoy these rice cakes by themselves. There are also any versions for this snack you can try. Among the different options you can try, a simpler variation is plain puto with cheese on top. It’s a fairly simple dish to make and does not take too long to create. One way you can make it is with this recipe:

filipino cheese rice cakes recipe

Cheese Puto

A light and fluffy steamed rice cake topped with a slice of cheese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg (large)
  • ½ cup milk (evaporated or fresh)
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp butter -melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup grated cheese
  • 10 strips cheese (use for topping)
  • 1 tbsp butter or oil (for brushing the molds)


  • Combine flour, sugar, and baking powder in a mixing bowl until they're well incorporated
  • Add the milk and egg to the bowl then mix using a whisk or electric mixer at a medium speed until the batter becomes smooth.
  • Pour the water, butter, and vanilla extract then stir until the ingredients are well mixed.
  • Add the grated cheese and slowly fold it into the mixture using a spatula or spoon.
  • Grease each mold with butter and fill the molds with batter up to ¾ full.
  • On a very low heat, fill the bottom of the steamer with water and bring it to a gentle simmer.
  • Place the molds in the steamer basket and steam for about 10 to 12 minutes. You can check if they are ready by sticking a toothpick in the middle and seeing if it comes off clean.
  • Remove the lid and add a strip of cheese on top of each puto. Cover the steamer and let the puto steam for another minute or two until cheese melts.
  • Turn off heat and let the puto rest until they are slightly cooled down.
  • Remove the cooked Puto Cheese from the molds and transfer to a serving plate.


  • Avoid mixing the ingredients at a high speed or you will end up with a puto set that’s higher than it should and more airy. 
  • If you don’t have a mixer, whisk at a moderate speed. 
  • To avoid water dripping from the layers to the puto, place a a cheesecloth or clean kitchen towel in between steamer racks and the top cover
  • Another option for molds would be silicon cupcake molds. 

Other Notes for a Filipino Cheese Rice Cakes Recipe

Cheese Puto is one of many forms of puto and one of the plainer options to try. If you want to try sweeter variations of this steamed rice cake, one option you can try is a puto from the Bicol region called Puto bao. What makes this steamed rice variation sweet? It contains a sweetened coconut meat filling. These are just a few of the long list of rice cakes you can try in Filipino cuisine.

If you want to check out more classic Filipino dessert recipes, check out our “Cassava Cake Recipe” and “Buko Pandan Recipe.” You can also try other puto treats like Leche Puto. Or you can check out other types of Filipino desserts such as “Suman Malagkit.”

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