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How to Make Sapin-sapin

If you are missing the magical taste of this colorful layers of sticky rice cake dessert with a mild creaminess of coconut milk, tasty purple yam, and hint of sweetness from the jackfruit or langka, then allow me to show you how to make this very simple steamed Filipino dessert called Sapin-sapin.

Sapin-Sapin Recipe


How To Make Sapin-Sapin  - A Steamed Sticky Rice Cake Dessert



I can still recall that time when my grandmother allowed me to go with her to the local market to help her carry her groceries.  We passed a Filipina local vendor selling freshly cooked Sapin-sapin that is placed in a large bilao lined with green banana leaves.  The vibrant colors of the sticky rice cake dessert attracted my attention and the sweet aroma of coconut and latik aroused my curiosity so I urged her to buy me a piece of the sweet and sticky rice cake.

Ingredients for Making Sapin-sapin 

Here are the simple ingredients that you will need to make this Sapin-Sapin Steamed Cake Recipe:
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 cans coconut milk
  • 3 cups glutinous rice flour
  • ¼ tsp McCornick Jackfruit or Langka flavor
  • ¼ tsp McCornick Purple Yam or Ube flavor
  • 1 cup toasted coconut or latik for topping

Other Kitchen Tools and Utensils Needed


You will also need these kitchen tools and utensils:
  1. Steamer
  2. Baking pan
  3. Fine Mesh Cloth
  4. 1 large bowl
  5. 3 small bowls

Procedures on How To make Sapin-sapin

Here are the simple procedures that you need to follow in making this Sapin-Sapin Recipe:
1. In a bowl, combine the rice flour,
2.  Add granulated white sugar,
3.  Add condensed milk,
4.  Then add the coconut milk.
5.  Stir the ingredients well until the mixture is smooth.
6.  Strain the mixture using a fine-mesh cloth.
7.  Divide the batter evenly between the 3 separate bowls.
8.  Add 4 drops of langka or jackfruit flavoring in the first bowl.
9.  Add 4 drops of ube or purple yam flavoring in the second bowl.
10.  Leave the remaining bowl as is - plain and white.
11.  Grease the baking pan with oil.
12.  Pour the ube-flavored batter first into the baking pan.
13.  Put the baking pan on top of the steamer with boiling water.
14.  Steam for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is set.
15.  Gently remove from heat then allow to cool for at least 3 to 5 minutes.
16.  Pour the langka or jackfruit flavored mixture over the ube layer.
17.  Steam for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is set.
18.  Remove gently and allow to cool off for 3 to 5 minutes.
19.  Pour the last plain and white mixture on top of the langka or jackfruit layer.
20.  Steam for 10 minutes or until set.
21.  Remove the pan from the steamer then let it cool down completely.
22.  Gently invert the sticky rice cake into a flat serving plate.
23.  Then garnish it with toasted coconut flakes or latik.
24.  Cut into serving size pieces.
25.  Serve and Enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed reading on how to make this Steamed Sapin-sapin sticky rice cake dessert that is usually made to be served for special occasions and holidays like All Saint's Day, All Soul's Day, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Day.

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