Sapin-Sapin Rice Cake Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cup Glutinous or Sweet Rice Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 3 cups Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Anise Seed
  • Red, Yellow, Purple Food Color
  • 1/4 cup Ube Powder or Purple Yam Powder (optional)
  • 2 cups Shredded Dried Coconut
  • 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Mix together the sweet and regular rice flours, sugar and coconut milk, strain until flour is dissolved.
  2. Divide the mix into 4, about 1 1/4 cup each bowl.
  3. Using yellow food color, put about 8-10 drops on one of the bowls, and mix in 1/4 tsp anise seed. Set aside.
  4. Put about 8-10 drops red food color in one of the bowls, then add 1/4 tsp. anise seed. Set aside.
  5. Measure 1/4 cup powdered Ube and dissolve in one of the bowls, and add 4-5 drops purple food color. Set aside.
  6.  Add the coconut cream to the last bowl to make it pearly white.
  7. Set the steamer, then prepare 2 pieces 6-inch aluminum foils by brushing the bottom and sides with oil.
  8. Starting with purple, pour half of the mix on each of the foils, steam for 7-8 minutes or until set.
  9. Then pour yellow, and cook for 7-8 minutes, same with the red and lastly the white.
  10. Separately on a shallow pan, toast the shredded coconut until golden brown, then cool down a bit and grind coarsely.
  11. To assemble, invert the cooked sapin-sapin cake on a serving plate, divide in 8 and top with coconut bits on center of each slice. Serve extra toasted coconut on the side.