Soft and Fluffy Puto

This soft and fluffy puto is made from flour and not from fermented rice dough. Traditionally, puto is a steamed rice cake. This is normally eaten during snack. It is best served with butter, salted egg and cheese on top.

I remember during college, I never had a week without spaghetti partnered with puto. I was surprised by how those two complement each other. Whether it is with salted egg, cheese or both, I enjoy puto as a snack or whenever I want. Also, you may want to try my famous recipes of Ube Puto or Colourful Mini Puto.

How do you steam puto?

Boil water in a steamer. Fill 3/4 full of batter onto puto moulds or cupcake moulds and place them in the steamer. Puto should be steamed in batches for 15-20 minutes or until the puto has risen or when a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the cooked puto to a wire rack to cool or eat it warm if you wish.

If you don’t have steamer, don’t worry. You can opt to steam-bake puto in the oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. To steam-bake, pour half an inch of the water into a large roasting or baking tray. Arrange the puto in a single layer on a baking rack and place it over the roasting or baking tray. Cover the puto with aluminum foil to stop steam from escaping.

Soft and Fluffy Puto Recipe



1 1/2 cup cake flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup water


4 egg whites

1/4 cup sugar


salted egg

grated cheese

How to Make Soft and Fluffy Puto?


  1. MAKE BATTER: In a mixing bowl, sift cake flour, baking powder and sugar. Mix to combine.
  2. Gradually add water while stirring until well-combined and liquidy but not watery. Set aside.
  3. MAKE MERINGUE: In another mixing bowl, beat the eggs in medium speed until frothy. Gradually add sugar while beating the mixture. Continue beating until soft peak forms.
  4. Cut and fold the meringue in the batter mixture, a small amount at a time. Be careful not to overmix.
  5. Carefully pour onto puto moulds, just 3/4 full. You could also use silicone cupcake moulds with liners.
  6. Top with salted eggs and/or cheese.
  7. Place them in a steamer. Put on the steamer lid (with cloth around the lid to prevent moisture from dripping).
  8. Steam for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve and enjoy this Soft and Fluffy Puto with family and friends!


  • You can steam puto in a steamer or steam-bake them in the oven. Both work great but will be different slightly in texture. Steaming will give you soft and moist puto but the steam-baked ones will be slightly dense.
  • Do a toothpick test to make sure that the puto is cooked through.
  • Puto can be left in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • For a soft and fluffier puto, use cake flour. If you don’t have cake flour, you can use this recipe as a substitute: 1 cup of flour minus 2 tablespoons, then add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch or corn flour instead.

Did you make this Soft and Fluffy Puto? Please leave us a comment below.

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