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How to make Espasol

Espasol Recipe is a kind of rice cake, a native Filipino sweet treat that originated in the Philippine province of Laguna. It is made of rice flour cooked in coconut milk and grated coconut, then rolled with remaining toasted rice flour and usually shaped into cylinders.

Espasol is a favorite kakanin and pasalubong of many Filipinos; this can be bought in food stalls, bus stops and specialty shops in Laguna. Now you don’t have to buy this delicious sweet treat.

Here is how to make Espasol the cooking procedure is very simple and easy!

espasol recipe kakanin

Espasol Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups glutinous rice flour, toasted
  • 1 cup sweet desiccated coconut, toasted
  • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour, toasted for dusting
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh or canned coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

espasol kakanin

Espasol Cooking Instructions:

  • To prepare measure all ingredients and place in separate bowls.
  • Toast the glutinous rice flour in a big pan over low heat and continue mixing them until it turns lightly brown, do not burn the flour if you don’t want to have a bitter taste espasol. When you’re done with the glutinous, transfer in a large bowl and continue with the rice flour and desiccated coconut one at a time.
  • Put the coconut milk in a large pot over medium heat until it boils. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  • Let it simmer for 10 minutes and turn on low heat to avoid burning the sides of the pot.
  • When the coconut mixture becomes syrupy add in the toasted coconut and mix thoroughly for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the toasted glutinous rice flour and vanilla essence and mix until the mixture becomes thick while folding. It takes about 25-30 minutes, when its thick and soft to handle then you’re done. Fire off and let it cool down before shaping the mixture into logs.
  • To divide the mixture, measure 2 tablespoons for each and form them into your palm and roll on a lightly dusted cutting board about 5 inches long.
  • The toasted sweet rice helps the kakanin from not sticking to each other. Place on a serving plate and keep on rolling one at a one until you’re done.
  • You can wrap each one with wax paper for storage.


espasol recipe

  Espasol Recipe is a cylinder-shaped Filipino rice cake originating from the province of Laguna.

espasol recipe

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13 Responses

  1. Maria Carla Perez

    September 7th, 2014 at 3:49 am


    Yes at last! this what im waiting for Espasol! Yummy!
    Thanks for the recipe! Gonna try this at home!

  2. Sheryl An Mungcal

    September 7th, 2014 at 8:45 am


    thanks for sharing,. i love eating espasol but don’t know how to cook,.

  3. Shellie Clark

    September 7th, 2014 at 2:17 pm


    Thanks for the receipe

  4. Rhodalyn/cheapbebe davis

    September 7th, 2014 at 5:58 pm


    wow,looks so yummy…i’ll definitely make some of this :)

  5. sherry ann gole cruz

    September 8th, 2014 at 6:16 am


    gonna try this..

  6. Mona Verdida

    September 8th, 2014 at 9:46 pm


    I love it! Now, I know how to make espasol! Gosh, it looks so mouth-watering!

  7. Ellen Pablo

    September 9th, 2014 at 12:34 am


    Wow! Espasol I really love this

  8. Ronilo Arellano

    September 10th, 2014 at 10:00 pm


    i love rice cake!

  9. Cheryl True

    September 11th, 2014 at 12:14 pm


    Thank you pinoy recipe! I can make my own espasol!

  10. Carolyn R

    September 13th, 2014 at 1:17 am


    Thanks for sharing! This looks Yummy!!

  11. Dawn Vaughn

    September 13th, 2014 at 1:43 am


    This looks delicious!!! I’ve never tried anything like it. but I think this recipe is something me and my 14yr old daughter can make together :-) Ty!!

  12. Penni

    September 14th, 2014 at 2:29 pm


    This looks delicious and would be perfect for my gluten-free family!

  13. Marcos Batac

    September 14th, 2014 at 7:54 pm


    Like Espasol thank you for the recipe

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