Puto Cake is a perfect dessert that can be shared among friends and family. TIts chewiness and pure Filipino origin made it into a delicacy that many Pinoys cherish and consume a lot.
Who said you can only enjoy puto in its traditional state? With this recipe, you will be introduced with another means to eat this yummy treat - by sharing it with your loved ones. Or of course, there is nothing wrong with eating it all by yourself too.
Simply put, this dessert involves the outward appearance and the shape of a cake. But made with one hundred percent goodness of puto. When compared to the typical size of puto, this one requires less effort. There will be no need to use small cups, you will just need a whole pan where you can steam it. Sound perfect as your next project, right? It’s hassle-free and very delicious all the same!
If you want to give your family a more traditional cake for a certain celebration, this is the perfect recipe for you. Not only will you all enjoy the delicious taste, but you will also appreciate Filipino delicacies more. I try to give my family Filipino foods as much as possible. So I often prepare them during mealtime and special occasions.
Tips How to Cook Puto Cake
- Use self-raising flour or cake flour to make it softer and lighter. Please note that the substitute for 1 cup self-raising flour is 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 ½ tsp baking powder + ¼ tsp salt. For cake flour the substitute is 1 cup all purpose flour, reduce 1 tbsp and add 1 tbsp cornstarch instead.
- Adding salted eggs and cheese for the toppings will result in a more exciting twist of flavors.
- You can use llanera if you want to achieve smaller sizes. Just use it if you have it at home, so you don’t have to buy a new steaming mold anymore.
- Put a cheesecloth or tea towel on the steamer lid to avoid water from dripping the cake.
Since this recipe is simple, you can do it at home anytime you like. No need for fancy ingredients, you will only need the basics and a steamer. Enjoy homemade Filipino delicacies once in a while.
Puto Cake Recipe
- 1 ½ cup self-raising flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 ¼ cup granulated white sugar 1 cup for the batter + ¼ cup for the meringue
- 1 ¼ cup fresh milk
- 5 pcs egg whites
- ½ tsp cream of tartar
- 1 pc salted duck egg
- ½ cup grated cheese
- In a bowl, sift and combine the flour, baking powder and sugar. Add the milk and mix until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites using a hand-held mixer. Add the cream of tartar and continue to beat at low speed until frothy and pale white. Gradually add the sugar and beat at medium speed until soft peaks form.
- Fold ⅓ of the meringue into the batter then immediately fold the remaining meringue until no streaks remain.
- Prepare a 9-inch round pan and grease with melted butter or vegetabl oil. Pour the batter into the pan then add the sliced salted duck eggs and grated cheese.
- Place in a steamer basket over boiling water. Steam for at least 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Don't forget to put a cheesecloth or tea towel on the lid to avoid water from coming into the cake.
- Remove the cake from the steamer and let it cool for 15 minutes. When cool, run a knife on the side to loosen the cake from the pan. Serve and enjoy!