Bibingka: Filipino Coconut-Rice Cake

In the Philippines, bibingka is a traditional coconut cake made with rice flour (making this naturally gluten-free), coconut milk and shredded coconut. Similar to a quickbread, this version of bibingka is perfect for merienda (snack) with a cup of coffee!
Bibingka Filipino Coconut Rice Bread baked in banana leaves and sprinkled with grated coconut.
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Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 483kcal
Author Liren Baker


  • banana leaves rinsed and dried
  • 1 1/2 cups sweet rice flour such as Mochiko flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 14 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sweetened shredded coconut for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line your baking dish(es) with banana leaves. You can use a 10-inch cast iron skillet or baking pan, 5 5-inch mini pans or 6 1 1/2 cup gratin dishes.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the sweet rice flour, regular rice flour, unsweetened shredded coconut, baking powder, and kosher salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter until fluffy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and eggs and beat for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Mix in the coconut milk, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish(es).
  • Bake for about 50-60 minutes, or until the bibingka is lightly browned and the center is set.
  • Garnish with shredded coconut and let it cool for about 30 minutes before serving.


Adapted from family recipes of bibingka and Sticky Coconut-Rice Bread by Dale Talde, Food and Wine (May, 2017).


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 483kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 154mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 0.7mg
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