Pink Puto – “Pretty in Pink” Steamed Rice Muffins

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here is our favorite Filipino snack steamed rice muffins or “puto” in pink. Using rose paste as the flavoring, only a few drops created this beautiful pink color. This is my entry to the 2008 Boobie-Bake Off by Baking Delights, an online fund-raising to help the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Donate now for this very worthy cause by clicking on this link and voting for your favorite recipe.  Each vote costs $1.00 and goes to the Breast Cancer foundation.

Check out my other “pink” recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness.


  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar or 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • rose flavored paste (can be found in Asian markets)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup soy milk


  1. In a bowl, mix water and milk.  Add 3 drops of rose paste. (Add more drops if you want the muffins to be darker pink). Stir and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, sugar and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add rose mixture and stir until blended.
  3. Prepare muffin pans, greasing if necessary. Pour batter on pans about 2/3 full.
  4. Steam for 15 minutes.  Remove from pans and cool in wire rack.
  5. Great with tea or coffee.


  • You can also use cake flour or all-purpose flour instead of rice flour but it will have a different texture. Rice flour will give it a courser texture than the other flours.
  • Rose paste can be omitted and pink food coloring (or one tiny drop of red) can be used to get the pink color. Omitting these all together gives you a white steamed rice muffin.
  • Any milk can be substituted for soy milk.

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» Tita Olive said: { Oct 6, 2008 - 06:10 }

That would be a cool entry for this fund raising. I will cast my vote. I hope you win!

» ruby said: { Feb 15, 2011 - 04:02 }

i have a rice flour its not as smooth as the rice starch? what kind of rice flour did u used?

» virtual chef said: { Feb 15, 2011 - 04:02 }

the regular rice flour found in asian stores. i have not used rice starch before.

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