How to Make Puto (Rice Cake)

These all time favorite Filipino delicacies can be eaten as snacks or as a breakfast, both paired with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Making and selling puto and kutsinta are hit business opportunities because:

  1. they are ridiculously easy to make
  2. they require very little capital
  3. you can mark them up to as high as 300%
  4. and they are still affordable to the masses

Materials and Ingredients Needed

  • Steamer
  • Mixing bowl
  • Strainer
  • Muffin pan
  • Measuring cups & spoons
  • Wooden spoon or wire whisk
  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp anise seed (optional)
  • 1 cup grated coconut or coconut flakes


  1. Sift the rice flour, baking powder, salt, and white sugar together.
  2. In a bowl, add coconut milk to the sifted ingredients and blend until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add anise seeds or whatever flavoring you wish (vanilla, pandan, etc.) Mix and blend thoroughly.
  4. Carefully pour the mixture into the muffin pans (greased with butter beforehand), making sure you leave 1/3 space at the top. This is to give the puto space to expand upon cooking.
  5. Steam for about 30 minutes.
  6. Check for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the center of puto — the toothpick must come clean.
  7. Top with grated coconuts.


  • Don’t place the puto in a covered container right after it is steamed, otherwise it will get soggy. Wait for it to cool down first.
  • Puto is best serve hot, so try offering it as a breakfast alternative around your neighborhood.

How Much Will You Make

Puto is sold in packs. The going rate for plain homemade puto is P2.50 per piece, or P30 for an even dozen. You may charge a higher price for flavored puto, although people rarely buy too much of one particular flavor. Your best bet is to offer a combination of flavors in one pack.

Video on How to Make Puto

source:, photos by Ocs Alvarez


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