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Bibingka (Filipino Cake)

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino-Style Cake (Bibingka)

Filipino-Style Cake (Bibingka)

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, which is a flavor combination that is popular 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. In this recipe, we simply use all-purpose flour.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

25 min

35 min

4 servings


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


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine all of the cake ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased, round baking pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. 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.


Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 15, 2020:

Yes sp. I like easy recipes too.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 15, 2020:

I like recipes that have coconut in them. These looks great and it seems to be a pretty easy recipe to follow as well.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 14, 2020:

I wouldn't be surprised if one may have influenced the other. Now I'm curious to try out bingkai.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on November 14, 2020:

this cake is almost the same as malaysia's BINGKAI, made from coconut and tapioca flour

Klarenz V from Philippines on November 13, 2020:

Bibingkas are best! At my home province we use root crops like sweet yam. Makes me kinda wanna go home.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on November 13, 2020:

No problem Peggy. Glad to share.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 13, 2020:

This looks and sounds good. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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