Bibingka – A Filipino Dessert

My very first and successful attempt at one of my favorite classic Filipino treats. An interesting amalgamation of flavors, bibingka fuses together a simple rice flour cake with coconut milk, salted eggs and cream cheese.

Life has been nothing short of a whirlwind lately from our travel adventures to the arduous and herculean task of apartment hunting in Manhattan. Sadly, our kitchen encounters have been minimal and even less time to devote any patience to photographing our meals. It’s a bittersweet conundrum of sacrificing my passion temporarily in search of a bright, new apartment (and remotely bigger kitchen, I hope) that will nurture our Culinary Musings even further.

So until we finally find the perfect new humble abode amidst this concrete jungle, my entries will be short and sweet but nevertheless, mouthwatering!


4 eggs
1 13.5 ounce can coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 cup rice flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 salted egg, sliced in thin rounds
cream cheese, sliced in thin strips (use as much as you’d like)
1 banana leaf (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar and eggs. In another mixing bowl, combine rice flour, baking powder and salt.
  2. Alternately mix in the coconut milk and flour to the creamed egg mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. You can either bake the entire batter in a 6 inch cake pan or the two methods I used: a 5 inch porcelain ramekin lined with banana leaves (optional) and the leftover batter I placed in greased 6-ounce ramekins for individual sized cakes. Once the batter is in the molds, place the strips of cream cheese on top (leave room for the salted egg to be added later). Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cake.
  4. Remove bibingka from the oven and add the salted egg on top. Cool for 20 minutes. Sprinkle granulated sugar on top and serve warm or room temperature.

25 Responses to “Bibingka – A Filipino Dessert”

  • Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes Says:

    What a unique, mouthwatering dessert! I have never tried these before. They look delicious!

  • skip to malou Says:

    I love it that you made individual portions. For a first timer, your bibingka looks so legit. I would have not known that it’s your first attempt.
    Good luck on your househunting Dhale…

  • Mimi Says:

    It does look delicious. I hope that you find a new home soon.

  • grace Says:

    mouthwatering indeed! these must be great, and i’m intrigued by the salted egg component–how interesting!
    meanwhile, good luck on your search!

  • Joy Says:

    Salted Egg eh? Like salted duck eggs? This looks very intriguing…if only you were my neighbor I’d totally be all up in this dessert right now hahaha

    find any good places yet?

  • RV Says:

    Mouthwatering dessert and amazing pics

  • sagemom Says:

    I’ve tried that once a looooong time ago but it never looked that good! The presentation was totally different.

    Kinda makes me want to try out more Filipino foods =)

  • pierre Says:

    i have never heard about this filipino dessert but it looks scrumptious !! bravo to you Pierre

  • Tasty Trix Says:

    Mmm, short but sweet indeed! This is a new dessert for me, really, really interesting, Thanks for making time to post this in the middle of all your craziness!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Sook: I love eating bibingka as a breakfast pastry. How can you go wrong with a little cake, egg and cheese in the morning???

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Malou: We’ve finally found a new place! But the next month will be quite hectic with all the packing :-/ Glad to have your seal of approval for the bibingka and it means a lot coming from an expert Filipino chef like yourself :) Thanks Malou!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Mimi: Thanks! We finally found a new home! Let the packing begin… arggghhh

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Grace: The salted egg is a definite MUST for this dessert! It adds such a unique and tasty twist. I love it! And good news, we found a new apartment. But now for the whirlwind of boxes to pack… ick.

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Joy: We found a home!!! Just not looking forward to packing though but glad we’ll be upgrading to a bigger kitchen (bigger is merely relative to our teeny tiny one right now). I love the salted eggs in this dessert. IF we were neighbors, I’d drop off a batch every time I made them :)

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @SageMom: Awww thank you! I really like the subtle taste of the banana leaves but I also love the mini cupcake portions. I’m on a quest to try to learn how to make more Filipino dishes as well. A lot of them seem very intimidating though!

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Pierre: Have you ever tried any Filipino dishes? I’ve never come across any restaurants in Paris that serves this 😉 Maybe we can trade and I’ll send you some of this and you can send us macarons from Ladurée?

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Tasty Trix: We’re both relieved to have found a wonderful apartment but I have a whole lot of packing and pre-moving tasks to complete. It’s going to be hectic but I surely can’t neglect my little blog! Glad to have introduced you to a new dessert!

  • Magic Babingka Says:

    “amalgamation, arduous, herculean, conundrum”… sheesh. You have a colorful vocabulary. If your vocabulary was a class in high school it would be M.U.N (Model United Nations). .

    P.S. This look good!

  • TeenieCakes Says:

    I’ve only had babingka once and I never fogot it. Really liked it. Thx for sharing this recipe. I’m looking forward to making it.

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Magic Bibingka: My vocabulary is just as colorful as your alter egos (i.e., “Magic Bibingka”, “Magic Adobo”, etc.) Thanks bud! And you know what we always said in high school, “M.U.N. is f-u-n!”

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @TeenieCakes: I’m quite amazed that you’ve actually had bibingka once before. It’s not exactly the most common dessert ever although it did receive a mention in the movie “Deuce Bigalow”…as Itilt my head down in shame for having seen the movie 😉

    Hope you enjoy this recipe!

  • Duchess Says:

    I’m so glad to have found this! My husband is Filipino and his family moved to Cali a few years ago… recently he’s been craving some dishes from his childhood. I’m in Brooklyn and also work out of a closet of a kitchen! Howdy.

  • Dhale @ Culinary Musings Says:

    @Duchess: Have you tried this recipe out yet? I’ve been raving some other Filipino dishes as well but it’s a bit tough to find decent ones in Manhattan. I hear Queens has a pretty strong Filipino community. Have you taken your husband there?

  • cleofe@culinary art Says:

    i love cooking………………..with my family

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