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Colorful Filipino Sapin-Sapin sticky-rice cake

Sapin-Sapin is a colorful Filipino Food made of glutinous rice. It is under the classification of sticky rice cake. It attracts people here and there, first, because of its colors. The usual color of this rice cake is a combination of violet, red, and yellow or a combination of violet, red, and white.
Course Snack
Cuisine Filipino
Keyword Cake, sapin-sapin, Sticky-rice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 391kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $3


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • cups white sugar
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • cups condensed milk
  • ½ cup ube purple yam mashed (optional)
  • ½ cup young coconut meat grated or finely chopped (optional)
  • ½ cup jackfruit finely minced (optional)
  • Food coloring (violet and egg-yellow)
  • Coconut flakes


  • Combine all the first 5 ingredients together and separate them equally into three bowls; bowl A, bowl B, bowl C, respectively.
  • Add and mix jackfruit and egg-yellow food coloring in bowl A. Add and mix young coconut meat in bowl B. Add and mix violet food coloring and ube purple yam in bowl C.
  • Grease baking pan lined with cling wrap then place in a steamer. Pour mixture from bowl A to the baking pan, cover with cheesecloth, and steam for 15 minutes. When firm, pour the second mixture from bowl B on top of the fist layer, steam for 15 minutes. Do the same process with the third mixture in bowl C.
  • When completely firm, set aside your sapin sapin.
  • Toast the coconut flakes on top of the sapin sapin and serve.


  • To make coconut flakes, just the toast desiccated coconut stirring frequently in a pan until golden brown.
  • You can also use latik if coconut flakes is not available. To make a latik, simmer 1 can of coconut milk in a saucepan until it reduces to oil. Solids will form at the top surface and continue to simmer until these solids turns to golden brown. This is the latik.
  • You can use greased banana leaf if cling wrap is not available.


Calories: 391kcal