Ube Biko is a type of Filipino rice cake based on Biko Kalamay where it is infused with ube flavour then topped with a topping similar to yema.

Nowadays everything seems to be given that ube twist, from waffles, doughnuts, macarons and even croissants, name it there is an ube flavour for it. I can’t blame these recipe creators, ube is a really nice ingredient to work on, this purple yam from the Philippines is essentially a type of tuber with a bright purple colour that tastes like a sweet potato with sweeter taste, a bit nutty and have hints of vanilla taste. So, in short, it’s delicious and pretty.

Ube is such a versatile ingredient because basically any dessert recipe you can add an ube on it. We had made several ube recipes on this blog already but none of it yet for a rice cake, that is why today we are making an ube flavoured biko (glutinous rice cake) with a topping that tastes like a leche flan. So here you go.

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Ube Biko

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Ube Biko is a type of Filipino rice cake based on Biko Kalamay where it is infused with ube flavour then topped with a topping similar to yema.


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  • 4 egg yolks
  • 400 ml condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • latik


  1. Rinse glutinous rice in running water, drain then transfer to a rice cooker.
  2. Add ube flavour and add the water, mix well to distribute the colour evenly. Turn rice cooker on then let it cook.
  3. In a non-stick pan over medium heat pour the coconut milk, brown sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer then add the cooked ube glutinous rice gently. Continue to cook while constantly mixing for 15 minutes or until it becomes very sticky.
  4. Spread and flatten mixture in a 9×13-inch baking pan then set it aside.
  5. Prepare the toppings, in a sauce pan combine condensed milk, egg yolks and vanilla, mix until well incorporated.
  6. Place pan over a stovetop in low heat, bring to a slow simmer, while continuously stirring, cook for 10 minutes or until mixture thickens.
  7. Add topping on top of flattened glutinous rice mixture then spread evenly using a spoon.
  8. Bake in a 180C preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until top turns slightly golden down.
  9. Remove from oven, top it with latik then let it cool before serving.

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