Buttered Puto

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).

This Puto variation 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).

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. Thess from WA says:

    wow… thank you so much for posting this recipe. please pretty please post the chinese pork humba recipe and buko pandan if possible.. thank you…

    • Hi Thess. Will post ‘em soon. :)

    • BubbahDaniels says:

      Hi! I tried this recipe twice and both time it seems like my puto is very doughy. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.. I’ve made puto before but form a box and would like to try something “from scratch”. Please please please help me as I want to bring this to our Family Christmas Party. TY in advance!

      • Have you tried increasing the steaming time? Sometimes I get that kind of texture if using a different stove or if I don’t get enough heat.

  2. wow ang galing talaga na try ko na agad!!! sana next time naman yung puto pao

  3. why do you need to put vinegar in the water for steaming?

  4. Where do you buy the mold for the puto?

  5. hindi ko pa natry tong recipe mo ng puto parang iba ung mga measurement mo , marunong din akong gumawa ng puto pero itry ko pro doubt ako na tama ang measurement nito.

  6. where can i buy pandan essence and it doesnt say the quantitiy. any other substitute for it?

  7. jean, pakiabangan yung puto pao soon.

  8. Hi sig, I’ll try to ask my mom about that. Pinadala nya din lang yan sa akin. I’ll let you know asap.

  9. please let me know once you tried this leah.

  10. donut? sige po…ililista natin yan para maipost soon.

  11. Got that from the Asian store. The brand is McCormick.

    You may use vanilla essence if you can’t get the pandan.

  12. HELLO

    I coudnt find pandan essence anywhere :-( can i use something else?


  13. Hi kuya tnx for another wonderful recipe….God bless and more power looking forward for a new recipe…..

  14. cherry R. says:

    thanks chef vanjo! love it,,

  15. kuya sa buttered puto po anung klaseng sugar kailangan gamitin??
    caster sugar o granulated???o khit po anu??

  16. Hi kuya!Just tried this recipe for my friend’s house warming and its the best! this is what im lookin’ for..very simple yet yummy.. I use round aluminum foil container to mold my puto and its a bit yellowish since the egg yolk here is almost orangy but it came out perfectly. I put cheese on my first batch and salted eggs on my next. I need to scout all of the malls here to find mold though. Thank you so much po for being so generous to share your recipe! God bless..


  17. Nice to know that Chinks. You’re welcome. Hayaan mo at subukan natin syang ma-guest sa ibang vids hehe.

  18. You’re very much welcome beth.

  19. Thanks Sheila. Glad to know na nakakatulong itong site natin sayo. Please expect more recipes to come.

    Regards sa inyo dyan sa Singapore.

  20. Mae, kung kaya ko…kaya mo rin yan sigurado :)

  21. hi there again! ive tried this just now and they were great thanks!

  22. Cutie, you may substitute vanilla essence instead.

  23. My pleasure Adrian. Hope to see you around.

  24. Sam, You may use ordinary cloth as long as its thin.

  25. Ur welcome Sam

  26. kuya,
    i don’t have those cups you have, what do i use!!!???!!

  27. pnay in scandinavia says:

    i have no steamer, is it ok to steam it using the regular oven? and can i use shredded cheese on the top?

  28. hi, thanks so much for sharing your recipes..its a great help! I have already made a compilation of your recipes and share it with my sister and friends..they’re now an avid fan of your recipes too..great job!!! Keep it up!!

  29. Thanks kuya sa puto recipe mo tuwang-tuwa ang mga anak ko.God bless and good health.

  30. Kuya,
    Hi, u know what, i modified ur recipe? instead of 2 1/2 cup of water, i made it just 1 cup, and add more milk to it. wow…its reallly delishh!!!!thnx for sharing ur recipe..with ur help, i made perfect puto! my kids loved it, eps. for breakfast..
    pls., if u dont mind, can u post the “arrozcaldo” or lugaw, pinoy style? thank you po in advance…Merry Christmas n rin sa lahat sa inyo jan….


  31. camille says:

    Hi… do you have recipe of putong puti?

  32. kuya bat po parang naging kutsinta ung kinalabasan?=( help po pls…thanks!

    • Pahak, did you cover the small cups with cloth? If not that might have caused it. Possible din na kulang yung cooking time (since we all use different stoves) you may want to add a few more minutes to it.

  33. i will definitely try this…can i use rice flour instead of all purpose flour? also, where can i buy like your molds?

    thanks for sharing your recipes!

  34. is it plain/rice flour?

  35. hello,ask ko lng kung may recipe kayo about duck?
    tnx po!

  36. ano po bang gamit nyo na cup?
    yung cup rice ba?!

    • elvria, which cup are you referring to – the unit of measure in the ingredient or the container of the puto? If its the unit of measure, I’m using a standard US measuring cup.

  37. hello kuya,
    tanong ko lang where can i buy the molds? i look everywhere on the internet cant find it! please help!

    • Lorene, the one that I used came from the Philippines;It was sent to me by my mom. I believe that she got that from Divisoria.

      Are you in the US? I found some similar silicon molds in Walmart a few months ago. Maybe you want to give it a try.

      • thank you so much kuya! really appreciate it! ill go to walmart now, cant wait to try all your puto recipes!

  38. kuya pahingi ng measurement ng puto….wla akong cups d2!
    sa milk and water ilang (ml)ba magamit?
    sa flour ilang (g) pwd?

  39. hi, just want to say i really enjoy ur site. thanks a lot. i cooked heaps of ur recipe. thumbs up!

  40. hello! hindi ko na ba need igrease yung puto mold bago ko ilagay yung mixture? hindi ba xa didikit or hindi ba ako mahihirapang i-unmold yung puto?

  41. shajhozel says:

    Hello kuya,,,galing mo naman,,you really helped lots of filipinos who wants to taste and cook our own native food. WHAT A GREAT JOB WELL DONE. Thank you so much and GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

  42. kuya..if evaporated milk is not available ,can i use fresh milk instead?

    • You can make your own evaporated milk at home – it’s easy. Just put milk on the stove in a saucepan and heat it on low until it’s reduced in volume by about half. It works great, and I think it tastes better than canned.

  43. i like this…so simple to cook and yummy….:)

  44. Vanjo, thank you for this recipe. looks like, this is easier to make than siopao. i will definitely make some of this. Thanks again!

  45. kuya thanks sa recipe pero anu ung measurement ng pandan essence?

    • hope that you can give the measurement of the pandan essence. thanks & more power to you.

  46. Hi, May i ask if i can use a self-rising flour? i want to make chicken empanada and puto but the problem is i can’t find baking powder here in netherlands..I tried your sweet and sour pork and my husband loved it:)Thanks with your shared recipes:)

  47. fionarich says:

    olala…kuya thank u so much so mga recipes u…i really enjoy watching ur videos as well…lahat ng recipes na natry ko were really good…yummy ever…thank u thank u po talaga and more power!!!

  48. Cris Salcedo says:

    What if I only want to make a little can I divide all the measurements in half? How about the egg, you only require 1 raw egg, what will happen if I will also use 1 egg to half measurements of all the engridients? You also didn’t mention what kind of flour to be use. I assume it’s All Purpose Flour? I would highly appreciate if you could let me know. Thank you so much for all the recipes here in your website, I learned so much cooking and my husband loved everything. Mor power to Panlasang Pinoy and more new recipes please.

    Best regards,

  49. try adding a little butter cynthia. Don’t add too much as it will have an effect on the texture.

  50. Sure Carly basta di gaanong makapal yung cloth. Try to use cotton cloth.

  51. ANNieANN says:

    Hi!yumyumyum ang recipe na ito…thanks for sharing…meron po ba kayong recipe ng puto na ginagamitan ng rice flour? puwede mo kayang ishare? thanks!

  52. rochelle says:

    hello kuya,

    i have tried making dis puto,,msrap xa pero bkit nagkacrack xa sa top,,pro yung sa video mo,it was so plain. bkit po gnun?

  53. rochelle says:

    yup kuya kso tlgang bumuka ang ibabaw nya, as in big crack,,hndi din b dhil sobra s baking powder or other ingredients?

    • I thought konting crack lang rochelle. Did’nt you over steam it? I’ll try to make more puto using this recipe to recreate your scenario para malaman natin yung cause.

  54. hello po. . im new sa site nyo, i just want to ask kung meron po kayong recipe ng steamed banana cake, wala po kasi kaming oven, toaster oven lang po kaya mostly steamed recipe lang ang nagagawa ko. . tnx!

  55. chikeelo says:

    hi kuya

    is it possible, instead of using butter i’ll use oil?

  56. theresa, I cannot answer your question since I haven’t tried using oven for this recipe. If you followed the exact procedures though, maybe I can help. :)

  57. theresa, ginamitan mo ba ito ng cloth na pang cover? Kailangan kasi ng cloth to cover the mixture while steaming para hindi ito matuluan ng tubig. Kung ginamitan mo naman ng cloth, try to extend the steaming time dahil possible na hilaw pa ito.

  58. hello po. just recently found your site and im addicted to it. i even recommended it to my friends and they liked it too.

    i just have a question, kung wala po akong steamer, can i use my rice cooker with your recipe? its not the first time to cook puto but i want to try this. please let me know. thanks

  59. kuya, hindi na ko nakapaghintay. lol. i tried it and i cant stop eating! im waiting for my husband to get home for him to taste it. i even sent him a picture on his phone. oh, btw, i made ur maja blanca the other day. another super recipe. i took pictures of the puto, ill upload it soon. thanks again. galing

  60. Hi kuya,
    Thanks, I learned so much about cooking from your website, even my friends & family said that im gettin better w/ my cooking skills. Do you have the recipe for ube cake or mocha cake? Maybe next time you can post it.Thanks again!

  61. hi!

    wala po akong ramekins or yung moulds for the puto. can i use muffin pans? kasya naman po sa steamer. kailangan ko ba po i-grease ang muffin pan before i put the batter in or hindi na po?


  62. can i use muffin pans? i don’t have the moulds. if i can, do i grease it or just let it be?

  63. natry ko for the first time itong recipe mo kuya, pinagtatawanan ako ng nanay ko when she tasted it she was like, where did you get your recipe, ayon tawa naman kaming lahat……..
    Thank you for sharing your recipes kuya…..

  64. hi kuya, thnks 4 sharing ur recipe!your knowledge when it comes with any kind of pilipino food!YOUR so great thats big help 4 us that we didnt know how to make it step by step thnks so much! and god bless to panlasang pinoy..:))mwuah

  65. thnks 4 the recipe kuya!god bless.

  66. kuya kapareho ba ito ng puto pao?

  67. Kuya,

    I just really, really want to leave a comment. Your videos are very easy to follow. I will try cooking your orange chicken tomorrow and the puto next weekend. Thanks a lot!

  68. Hello, where did u bought those steamer u have? I’ve been searching in the stores and ebay but nothings similar the one u have. Thanks

  69. hello po kuya!!
    gumawa po aq nian knina.. the recipe is so great! pero po kuya hndi po white ung colour ng puto.. medyo yellowish po cia.. pano po b mgging white un??

    tnx po kuya!! more powers po s inyo!

  70. kuza i will trz to use rice flour i hope its ok at pwedi po ba lutuin un sa mangkok na stainless wala po kc dito sa Norway mabili na molding para sa puto,pwedi po ba gamitin ung fresh milk instead of evap?

    • AnneBree says:

      Kuya pano nga po pag walang molding?? tapos ang walang pandan essence.ok lng ba yung vanilla??

  71. hi kuya,its me joy.I will trying to cook your buttered puto tomorrow.I hope next time you can have a recipe how to make hopia.Thanks a lot!!!i really like cooking and i will try all your recipe posted here.

  72. kuya if walang steamer…microwave is okey or not?

  73. kuya, can i use a water bath and bake it in the oven instead? anong temp ng oven? wala kasi akong malaking steamer eh…

  74. belinda says:

    I don’t have the mold that you use but can I use Ramikins instead?

  75. iamnina says:

    hi kuya vanj pano po kung walang pandan essence? pede na ung vanilla?

  76. gano kadami po ang water dun sa mixture nyo?

  77. eden robles says:

    I finally cooked the Maja blanca from ur recipe and i am very thankful to you ifinally did a good job with it. my friends at work now always want ma to cook it everytime we have potlock.. thank you once again..

  78. Hi,

    How much pandan essence should I use? Thank you!

  79. Ano po ang exact measurement ng pandan essence? Okay lang ba kung di na lalagyan nito kung walang available na mabibilhan?

  80. Sheryl Layug says:

    HI! I just tried your recipe today and i loved it, specially my kids…only, i used vanilla extract because i don’t have pandan essence also used fresh milk instead of water… and it worked out just fine.

    I love your website and hope to see more new recipes…Thank you very much…

  81. lhexter says:

    first time kung gagawa n ito na di kasama lola ko sana magustuhan nya…thanks…

  82. i follow naman ung instruction

  83. lito r.garcia says:

    ayaw talaga paawat ang mga recipe mo vanjo, kahit ano pa lutuin ko nagugustuhan nila thank you

  84. For those in Canada, I found a very similar mold in Dollarama. It’s made of metal so more durable.

  85. jersey girl says:

    Does anyone know how many drops of Pandan Essence should be diluted in the water? Your answer is much appreciated. Thank you!

  86. Can you substitute sweet rice flour for the all-purpose flour or use a blend or do you have to adjust the ratios? I’d like to try and make something really authentic but it seems that most people are using flour nowadays – does it taste the same? I’ve never been in the position where I was able to sample one made with rice flour and one made with AP flour side by side. Will they come out the same or is the AP flour more likely to rise and get that nice domed shape? Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!

  87. orville says:

    hi kuya can i use organic rice flour in making buttered puto instead of all purpose flour?thank you….

  88. thanks for this…thsi si yummy!

  89. like it!

  90. vegasrealhousewife says:

    Kuya, meron ka na bang recipe ng Puto binan? miss ko na talaga yun.

  91. 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!

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

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

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

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

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

  98. 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.

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

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

  101. 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!

  102. lakeworthpinay says:

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

  103. Maria Naiki says:

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

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

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

    thank you

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

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

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

  109. Thank you beth. Appreciate it.

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

  111. You’re welcome Cristina :)

  112. 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.

  113. thank you so much po!

  114. kat, granulated ang ginamit ko dito.

  115. 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….