Buttered Puto Recipe

Buttered Puto is a variation of the famous steamed rice cake, Puto. This steamed mini cakes are usually eaten as dessert but most prefer to have them during breakfast(with hot coffee or chocolate) or mid-afternoon snack (usually eaten with dinuguan or blood stew). If you are looking for an easy puto recipe that you can follow, this is the one for you.

This Puto recipe uses ordinary flour instead of rice flour (not even galapong) and is so easy prepare. The ingredients used in this recipe are so common that you could find them in any grocery store (you just need to have the molds and steamer to get everything done).


The Puto molds that you will see in the video below were bought from the Philippines. Since there are many of you who are asking where to get the molds online, I did a little research and testing — the best alternative that I discovered (even better than the plastic molds that I used) are Silicone Mini Pinch Bowls. These pinch bowls are also safer because it can withstand high heat compared to plastic.

Try this delicious Buttered Puto Recipe.


Puto Recipe


  • 4 cups flour, sifted
  • 2 cups sugar, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 piece egg, raw
  • small slices of cheese
  • 4 cups water (for steaming)

Watch the cooking video:

Cooking Procedure

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients starting from the flour, sugar,and baking powder then mix well.
  2. Add the butter, evaporated milk, egg, water and pandan essence (dissolve the pandan essence in water) then mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Pour the mixture in individual molds
  4. If you are using non – quick melt Filipino brand cheese, You may put the cheese on top of the mixture otherwise put the cheese on top after steaming (step 6)
  5. Pour the water in the steamer.
  6. Arrange the molds in the steamer then steam for about 20 minutes
  7. If you are using quick melt cheese,remove the cover of the steamer and top each puto with quick melt cheese then continue steaming (with the cover on) for 2 to 5 minutes
  8. Remove from the mold and arrange in a serving plate
  9. Serve either hot or cold. This goes well with dinuguan ;) Share and Enjoy!

Number of servings (yield): 8

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  1. Jennifer says:


    I was wondering what is the measurement of the Pandan Essence do i need ?? I am making them for my daughters birthday… I have the Mccormick Pandan Essence .. So if anyone can help me, I will be very greatfull… thank you!

  2. Nina Franco says:

    Hello Panlasang Pinoy

    I tried this recipe of yours, but the putos did not rise up. What should I do?

    Thanks for the help!

  3. good day. Im planning on making this recipe and I just want to ask if its possible if I can bake this using an oven instead o steaming it?..thank you.

  4. Ask ko lang po anong klaseng cheese ang gagamitin???

  5. thanks for the recipe, it was great! replaced the essence with vanilla, then substituted whole milk instead of evap.

  6. aabangan ko rin puto pao. very soon na sana.

  7. Hi! Can i use fresh milk instead of evaporated milk? Thanks!

  8. hi! could you please inform me or tell me where to buy the plastic baking cup of puto. i really want to order some so that i could try to make puto.

    • Hi! You can also use individual silicone moulds used for cupcakes, para hindi dumikit yung puto at madaling matagal. You dont have to grease the moulds anymore.

  9. This turned out amazing! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I’m always happy to add more Filipino food to my recipe book! <3

  10. meron din po ba kayong recipe ng pandecoco? hope you can share it with us.

  11. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipes. Five Star ang Panlasa! Thanks so much… And now I can start learning different recipes and feed myself some goodies. Keep up the good work!

  12. lakeworthpinay says:

    i just made putong puti today for the first time it turns out so yummy!! THank you panlasang pinoy!!!

  13. Maria Naiki says:

    On the ingredients above for the buttered puto, how many puto can make?

  14. ginawa ko to. mananam nmn. pero hindi naging puto tingnan. parang kutsinta ang resulta… ano mali ko dun?

  15. ask ko lang po… ung baking powder… 2 1/2 teaspoon o 2 1/2 tablespoon?

    thank you

  16. ano ung cloth n gngmit?at ska po ung moulds?anong pong alternate n pwd gmitin dun at ska ung pandan essence?thanks po

  17. Ilang puto po ang magagawa sa recipe na ito? :)

  18. Hi Thess, Buko Pandan will be one of the features soon. Humba is noted. Thanks for your comment.

  19. Thank you beth. Appreciate it.

  20. Paula, It was just sent to me from Pinas. Sig is also asking the same question…will let you guys know asap.

  21. You’re welcome Cristina :)

  22. thanks for the reply. i will try to find it at the asian store, if not, at the us army base. you still didnt tell me the quantity you need for the pandan essence when you make the puto. it doesnt say anything on your ingredients list. you may have to add it there. thanks.

  23. thank you so much po!

  24. kat, granulated ang ginamit ko dito.

  25. i downloaded ur video and im step by step learning all our fave recipe, im starting to try ur puto but the part that you put water ( pandan essence dissolve in water) was not included in the list of ur ingredients (exact measurement). may i know how many cups of water and pandan essence ang ilalagay q… thanks po! your a great help to those who want to learn to cook and bake….