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Native Kakanins (Filipino Dessert)

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We Filipinos Love Our Native Desserts

The Philippines is not only known for its beautiful scenery and friendly people, it is also known for its delicious food. Among these foods are what we call the “kakanins”, native delicacies that are served as desserts. No party or celebration is complete without these Filipino desserts (we are known for our sweet tooth, too). What’s more interesting about them is that they (or their ingredients) tend to vary by region or by place. Another interesting fact is that a lot of Filipinos who are classified as "senior citizens" know how to make these desserts as they have already become part of the Philippine traditions.

Featured below are some of these “kakanins” that are always a hit to Filipinos within and outside of the Philippines. Just a caveat, I don't really know how to make any of these but I love to learn. I love it more if I'm the one eating them LOL. =) Enjoy the hub!

Puto – these are rice cakes that are made from rice flour, evaporated milk (or coconut milk) and sugar (among others). They come in various colors (see picture). They can even come in bite-sizes or they can just fill up a whole plate. Puto is best served with hot chocolate or dinuguan (as a replacement for rice). It is best eaten freshly baked and right out of the steamer.

Kutsinta – A brown rice cake, the kutsinta can go hand-in-hand with puto or they can be eaten all on their own (with freshly shaved coconut). They are also made from rice flour.

Bibingka – Another rice cake, this time made from malagkit rice (glutinous rice), coconut milk and brown sugar. Some variations of this will include bibingkang galapong (made from rice flour, coconut milk, baking powder and margarine), bibingka cassava (made from cassava, coconut milk and cream and margarine) and pineapple cassava bibingka.

Suman – Another steamed rice cake, this time, wrapped mummy-like in leaves before they are cooked. This can be served with sugar, grated coconut or “latik” – milk solids from coconut that are formed when fresh coconut milk is boiled.

Palitaw – Made also from glutinous rice and sugar, these are also cooked with sesame seeds and topped with grated coconut. They’re very soft and easy to chew and are best served cold.

Sapin-Sapin (“layers”)– A native colorful layered dessert, made from coconut milk, corn kernels, sugar, gelatin, whipped cream, ube (yam) powder and grated coconut.

Pastillas de leche (milk candies) – this is a milk-based pastry that comes in bite-sized pieces (great for snacking while you’re traveling). It is literally made for those with a sweet-tooth because it is made from granulated white sugar and condensed milk. When cooked, it is formed into balls or logs and wrapped with cellophane paper.

Maja Blanca – Otherwise known as coconut cake, this is another all-time favorite Filipino dessert. It is made from coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch and/or corn kernels.

There are lots of Filipino desserts or delicacies out there. They can be very sweet and they are always favorites for the young and old alike. A lot of them show the Spanish influence in my country (as evidenced by their Spanish names). But one thing is for sure, we, Filipinos, love our desserts. In fact, wherever you go in the Philippines, you will surely encounter these kakanins. So if and when you decide to visit my wonderful country, be sure to try out our native desserts. You’ll surely love them!

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Consolacion Miravite from Philippines on April 17, 2015:

i was looking for filipino delicacies in HP when i came across this hub. reading it made me crave for these yummy delights!

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raymart lawas on January 26, 2015:

my favorite is puto.................

carolyn on October 06, 2012:

uhm well i do love sapin-sapin coz that's what i've eaten for lunch yesterday

bingskee from Quezon City, Philippines on April 15, 2012:

of them all, my favorite is kutsinta, bibingka and sapin sapin!

hello to you!

natzsm on March 15, 2012:

Great presentation for the maja blanca. Such a simple dessert/merienda item turned spectacular. Pang world class na!

Cesar on February 20, 2012:

Im PROUD to be Pinoy!!!

JM Malig on January 28, 2012:


chi-chi on January 28, 2012:

it is grate! big help for me and for my students....

jhade05 on December 13, 2011:

Ang sarap aman pu ng mga paqkain naka2qutom

aj on November 08, 2011:

hahah ang sarap naman

emievil (author) from Philippines on November 05, 2011:

Hi Oggi. I'm really sorry about not linking to your blog. I've already linked it. Hope you find it in order. Thanks for pointing it out.

Oggi on November 05, 2011:

The pastillas de leche photo belongs to me. You never asked for my permission to re-use my photo. Please link it back to my blog post, otherwise remove it from your website. Please note the copyright at the bottom of my blog

here is my blog post

aurelio laja on September 28, 2011:

namit ba

jezelle on September 19, 2011:

its sohhhhhhhhhhhhhh delicouse i love it

cline on September 14, 2011:

ilab you

gypsyann@mardz2011 on September 13, 2011:

complete information.. i like the sapin sapin..aahhhmm.. nice and great vidoes.

leslie requiestas on September 05, 2011:

ang sarap ng pastillas de leche.i like that food love it

pakeelam on September 03, 2011:

amf utang na yo!!!

Jonas[SPO] on August 23, 2011:

ang sarap na man yan parang gusto kong makatikim niyan

ew on August 22, 2011:


lali on August 15, 2011:

its look delicous!

el2x on June 09, 2011:

how can I recycle native kakanins? any idea?

meljane on December 05, 2010:

i luv to know how to cook palitaw for our cooking laboratory...i hope i do it correctly...

jane dela cruz on October 14, 2010:

i love it.... from Asia on April 30, 2010:

seems yummmy try mango delight even a 12 year can make this

emievil (author) from Philippines on March 18, 2010:

Thanks borge for visiting my hub on Filipino desserts :).

borge_009 from Philippines on March 17, 2010:

Waaaaaa.....Puto and Palitaw are my favorites. Thanks for sharing this very yummy hub.

Priscilla Chan from Normal, Illinois on March 02, 2010:

Very informative! Thank you for sharing:)

jumpman on December 10, 2009:

Sarap nman!

emievil (author) from Philippines on October 26, 2009:

Thanks Joy.

Joy on October 26, 2009:

How about TAHO & BIBINGKA.. Will have to try them. Looks really YUM

emievil (author) from Philippines on October 19, 2009:

Hi maudine. Welcome to hubpages and thanks.

maudine_05 from United States on October 19, 2009:

hayyy!!! you made me so HUNGRY and CRAVING for our Filipino kkanin..Nice job!

emievil (author) from Philippines on October 12, 2009:

You're welcome Anood. Puto is actually made from rice flour. =)

Anood on October 12, 2009:

those colorful desserts makes me feel hungry. does any kind of rice will work in making PUTO? thanks for this hub

emievil (author) from Philippines on October 04, 2009:

=) you're welcome to come over here anytime.

Maribin, that puto done yet? =D

NaomiR from New York on October 04, 2009:

This hub makes me want to hightail it to your country so I can have some of these!

maribin from USA on September 23, 2009:

Sure, in fact, I want you to be the first to taste my puto, hehehe.

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 21, 2009:

Hehe maribin. Can I eat some of those puto? =)

maribin from USA on September 21, 2009:

I like your hub, with the videos, I will try to make some puto someday.

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 21, 2009:

thanks Ninna. =)

.Ninna. on September 20, 2009:

This hub made me hungry! It's nice to read it, knowing you're sharing Filipino delicacies to everyone in the world, and making them intrigued to try it out someday. :)

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 19, 2009:

I miss tokwa't baboy! or lugaw baboy for that matter =(. Er you're not "naglilihi". hehehehe

mommyfreelancer from Philippines on September 19, 2009:

Hey, because of this hub we ate arroz caldo, and tokwa't baboy yesterday! Later, I'll be out hunting for palitaw. :)

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 18, 2009:

hehehe, those foods you mentioned, I'm getting hungry just reading them. Palitaw? Hmmmm, Metro Manila and neighboring provinces I think LOL. I think there's a store in SM food court where you can get the kakanins. Don't know the exact name sorry =).

mommyfreelancer from Philippines on September 18, 2009:

Y-U-M-M-Y!!! How about palabok, goto, and tokwa? Oh, they're not kakanins! But love them just the same. Now where can I get some palitaw? The picture looks so YUMMY!!! :)

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 16, 2009:

Bengriston, you're welcome to come here anytime =).

Steffsings, thanks. Watch out for the calories =).

IslandVoice, thanks. I always wanted to go to Hawaii. Heard there are lots of Filipinos there. =)

Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on September 16, 2009:

Fabulous! I think i want to 'live' in this hub! I will share this with friends here in Hawaii. My daughter will love this as well!

steffsings from Pacific NorthWest on September 15, 2009:

I love Filipino main dishes, can't wait to try the desserts, looks delicious.

bengriston on September 10, 2009:

It all looks good to me and I would love to come to your country to try it all.

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 10, 2009:

Thanks ralwus.

ralwus on September 10, 2009:

These look great. I may try some. I even have my won banana tree for the Sapin-Sapin. thanks. CC

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 06, 2009:

San Francisco will be a great place to look for it. I was there five years ago, really like that place.

Aqua on September 06, 2009:

I live about 3 hours north of San Francisco. There are probably places to buy these treats there. I will make a note of looking next time I go. Of course I would much prefer to eat them in the Philippines! The Bibingka and Maja Blanca look delish!

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 06, 2009:

Aqua, whereabouts in California do you live? I think there are some places there where you can buy these. There are a lot of Filipinos in California and I'm pretty sure they also crave for these sweets =). But feel free to come to my country anytime =). Just drop me a note and I'll go and find the best desserts for you =).

Aqua on September 06, 2009:

These sweets look delicious. I will look forward to trying the food when I am lucky enough to visit the Philippines!

emievil (author) from Philippines on September 05, 2009:

they are delicious indanila. Thanks for dropping by.

Inda Blackwell from Hampton Roads on September 05, 2009:

Wow! I would really like to try these because I'm gluten free and they look delish!!!

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 27, 2009:

Yup myka. Thanks for dropping by.

myka on August 27, 2009:

delicious you are filipino ha

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 22, 2009:

LOL no. That's from YouTube.

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on August 21, 2009:

hehehe very yummy hub, you just pulled out a rabbit from a hat, oops a tiger cub rather nyahaha... tc there... Who is in the picture enievil is that you.

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 19, 2009:

Thanks for dropping by and the comment prasetio30.

Stranded, yes the level of difficulty is different. I guess that's why I love eating them more than preparing them LOL. Do write about these kakanins. I'll look forward to reading them.

stranded07 from Singapore on August 19, 2009:

I guess most of the kakanins have different levels of difficulty to make. But i think that's what makes it extra special, isn't it?

Maybe i should write a hub about difficult to make kakanins. Lol...

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 19, 2009:

thanks for share. It looks delicious food. thanks for share. have the same characteristic with Indonesian traditional food.

emievil (author) from Philippines on August 18, 2009:

Thanks Smireles.

Dohn, thanks for the comment.

Stranded, I would say yes. It's my favorite too but it's so difficult to make =).

stranded07 from Singapore on August 18, 2009:

Is halayang ube a kakanin too? Its my favorite. Maybe its classified as dessert, along with another favorite leche flan.. Nice hub anyways..

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on August 18, 2009:

This hub made me so hungry!!! I had putos and maja blanca at a Filipino wedding. There were delicious! Thanks for sharing this. One day I'm going to have to write a hub on Lao delicacies too!

Sandra Mireles from Texas on August 18, 2009:

Excellent information about traditional desserts in the Philippines. Also great video lessons.

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