Puto Cheese Recipe (Steamed Rice Cake)

Poto Cheese is a steamed rice cake, a Filipino snack recipe made from flour, baking powder, butter, white sugar, cream, eggs and topped with lots of cheese.

Puto Cheese Recipe (Steamed Rice Cake)
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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Origin of the dish

Puto is a famous Filipino delicacy made from steamed rice cakes, originally made from fermented rice which is then ground into rice dough which is commonly known as galapong. The word puto comes from the Malay word puttu which means “portioned”.

This delicacy originated from the Philippines, particularly from the Bicol region. It has a lot of variations, toppings, shapes and even sizes. Some are small and some are big. But it depends on how they are made that is important. And we have Puto cheese which is the most popular variation of Puto topped with cheese. This recipe variation is made with all-purpose flour instead of the rice flour. It can easily be made by steaming that is why it is a good idea for business minded person to consider this as their business product plus the cost is not so expensive you can absolutely gain your profit.

When is Puto Cheese Typically Served?

Puto cheese is a Filipino delicacy typically served as dessert, snacks, or during breakfast. It can be eaten as it is or some pair it with other dishes like the dinuguan as it is also a perfect side dish. You can also eat this delicacy during Fiestas or birthdays.

Kitchen Utensils You Need

In making the perfect puto cheese, you will be needing the following kitchen utensils:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Electric mixer
  • Strainer
  • Steamer
  • Plastic cupcake molds
  • Paper cupcake molds
  • Spatula

Puto Cheese primary ingredients – All-Purpose flour.

Puto cheese is a variation of Filipino delicacy Puto but its primary ingredient in this recipe is all-purpose flour instead of the rice flour. All-purpose flour is very much available at the stores nearby your place and can be bought at an affordable price. This staple ingredient is basically available and needed whenever you are making any pastry products and is also used as bread and pizza bases. Some biscuits are also made with this type of flour. All-purpose flour is also known as plain flour, it is medium in gluten protein content at 9.5 – 11.5% protein content. It is also called “plain flour” for a reason that it is lack of added leaving content (self-rising flour).

Tips and Tricks When Making Puto Cheese

  • Always grease your molds. This is a helpful tip to prevent your puto cheese from sticking to the molds or even to the paper molds which makes it easier to remove the paper molds when eating.

  • Add the toppings at the right time. It depends on what you are topping your Puto with and since we are doing Puto cheese, obviously we need some slices of cheese to top with our puto and it is critical on when to put it on the puto so it will stick and melt perfectly enough to hold it and not drop when served. You should put the cheese when the puto are almost cooked so you the cheese will have enough time to melt but not completely mixed with the puto itself.

  • Puto cheese should be eaten immediately while it’s hot to experience the fluffy and airy texture.


  • 2 cups All-Purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 250ml All-Purpose cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack cheese, sliced for toppings size


  1. Sift flour, white sugar and baking powder.

  2. In another bowl, combine melted butter, all-purpose cream, egg and water. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mix until smooth

  3. Brush muffin paper with butter and put in the muffin cup. Pour the mixture to until 3/4 of the muffin paper.

  4. Steam over high heat for 15-20 minutes. And when the poto cheese is mostly cooked add cheese slice on the top.

  5. Remove from the heat if the toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the poto.

  6. Remove the muffin paper from the cup and place in a serving platter.

  7. Best served hot. Enjoy!

    Puto Cheese Recipe (Steamed Rice Cake)

Now you are ready, and you can definitely make your own Puto cheese at the comfort of your home and you can even make it cheesier. You can even make it sweeter by adding condensed milk to your recipe. I’m pretty sure your children will love its sweet taste and fluffy texture. And oh! Once you have made your first try why not turn it to business right? You can start it small for the ingredients are very affordable. And of course, there’s no harm in trying!