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Kutsinta (cuchinta) are Filipino steamed cakes made with flour, tapioca flour, and brown sugar. Soft, chewy and topped with grated coconut, they're a delicious snack or dessert.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 4 Dozens
Calories: 89kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon atsuete powder
  • 1 tablespoon lye water


  • In a bowl, combine flour, tapioca flour, sugar, and water. Stir well until dissolved and mixture is smooth.
  • Add atsuete and stir until well dispersed and the desired color is achieved. 
  • Add lye water and stir. 
  • Lightly grease inside of molds with melted butter (If using silicone molds, skip this step). Fill molds to about 3/4 full.
  • Add water to the steamer and bring to simmer over medium heat.
  • Steam kutsinta for about 40 to 45 minutes or until mixture is set. Remove from heat and allow to cool. 
  • Gently remove from molds and serve with grated coconut.



  • Stir the mixture in between pouring into the molds as the flour tends to settle in the bottom.
  • Steam in a gentle simmer to prevent the kutsinta from sinking in the middle.
  • Nutritional info calculated at 2 pieces per serving.


Calories: 89kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.5mg