What Is Bibingka?
Bibingka is a type of cake that is traditionally made around Christmas time in the Philippines. In contrast to Western cakes, bibingka is both sweet and salty (a popular flavor combination in Filipino cuisine). The cake is sweet but also has a bit of saltiness due to the addition of cheese, or in some cases, a salted egg on top.
Bibingka can be made with rice flour, all-purpose flour, or a combination of both. This recipe uses all-purpose flour.
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For the cake:
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 cup coconut milk, available at Asian stores
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
For the topping:
- 3/4 cup cheese, grated
- 3/4 cup grated coconut, available at Asian stores
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Combine all of the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Pour the mixture into a greased, round baking pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese and coconut on top of the cake and serve.
- Use fresh milk or canned evaporated milk.
- Brush melted butter on top before serving.
- Top with sliced salted eggs (available at Asian stores).
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.