One of the traditional Filipino desserts served at my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 high school reunion, this rice cake is typically available during the Christmas season. Cooked over hot charcoal on a claypot pan lined with banana leaves and topped with slices of salted egg and quick-melt cheese, this version is baked in an oven.  Excellent paired with ginger tea or hot chocolate…enjoyed anytime of day or night!


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tbs baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbs melted butter
  • 1 salted egg, sliced
  • 1/4 cup grated monterey jack cheese
  • banana leaves, cut in circles and softened over hot stove



  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Combine rice flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Whisk eggs, sugar and butter.  Add flour mixture and coconut milk. Continue whisking until well combined.
  4. Line 2 round pan (5 inch)  with banana leaves. Divide and pour mixture into the two pans.  Bake for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove from oven and add salted egg slices and cheese on top.  Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes or until top is lightly brown.
  6. Serve warm with brushed butter and a sprinkling of sugar or grated coconut.


Note:  This recipe yields two cakes baked in 5-inch round pans.


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» Tangled Noodle said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 06:12 }

Ooooo! Thank you for this – I actually took photos of the bibingka that I would order to eat as a snack in our room during a visit to Manila last Christmas. I’ve been craving it here but now I can make it myself without those clay pots. 8-) Your version looks delicious and easy to make.

» Tasty Trix said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 06:12 }

That looks truly amazing! My kind of dessert.

» dokuzuncubulut said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 09:12 }

this is so beautiful and perfect…

» Shelly @ Experimental Culinary Pursuits said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 10:12 }

I love this recipe! There’s sweet in the sugar and coconut but also savory in the cheese – very intriguing!

I wonder if this can be substituted with regular flour, or does only rice flour work? After all I guess it’s call rice cake!

» virtual chef said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 10:12 }

shelly: all purpose flour or cake flour will work, too, but will taste slightly different.

» jenn said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 11:12 }

Mmmm…I love bibingka. I remember when I went home last year, my aunt made so many of these. i think that’s the only thing I ate while I was down there. lol. Yum!! I may just make this for my Christmas meal.

» Claudia said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 12:12 }

This looks utterly scrumptious and of the realm of what I normally cook – so would be a welcome dessert.

» redkathy said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 03:12 }

Yet another superb display! cakes looks gorgeous. Would love to try this. I’ll have to hunt down the banana leaves first! Thanks for sharing it.

» Beatrice said: { Dec 1, 2009 - 07:12 }

That certainly looks tastier than the rice cakes I grew up with. The idea of monterey jack cheese in a dessert is interesting.

» penny aka jeroxie said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 04:12 }

This is a keeper! I must make this. Sounds and looks delicious.

» alta said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 09:12 }

Sounds intriguing but delicious!

» Vegetable Matter said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 10:12 }

How interesting to make a dessert in a clay pot over charcoal. Very creative, and beautiful!

» TeenieCakes said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 11:12 }

Oh! Thanks for sharing this…I love Bibingka and have never attempted making it. Thanks for sharing and lovely photo of your dessert!

» wasabi prime said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 01:12 }

Beautiful. It looks so sweet and rich!

» Chowhound said: { Dec 2, 2009 - 06:12 }

Just in time for the holiday season, where’s the salabat?


» Taga_luto (Pia) said: { Jan 3, 2010 - 09:01 }

Hi, Raquel! Surfed for bibingka and broght me to your site first!!! I’ve tried lots of bibingka recipes but seems not the right kind of bibingka i’ve been looking for. This looks like what i wanted…looks like Cebu bibingka…Thank you for this recipe. I’ll let you know how mine came out. See you at the Daring Kitchen!! Happy New Year!

» rosa said: { Apr 6, 2010 - 06:04 }

thanks for sharing this. i was missing home and food from home so i made one last week using the ready mix packet, it was ok but it did not taste authentic. will try this one next.

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