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Filipino Dessert Recipes You Must Try

Must-try Filipino dessert recipes from creamy leche flan to sweet treats or traditional kakanin like rice cakes, from everyone’s favourite ube halaya to the smoothest maja blanca. Find your favourite Filipino dessert here.

Filipino Dessert Recipes You Must Try

Since the Philippines is a land of rice and coconut trees, Filipino dessert recipes usually include glutinous rice or rice flour, coconut meat, and coconut milk or cream. 

We also love our evaporated milk and condensed milk; a lot of people didn’t use to own refrigerators so canned milk was the preferred type of milk because it lasted longer. 

And have you tasted condensed milk? Nectar from the gods I tell ya.

Filipino desserts are either very simple to make with just a few ingredients that you toss together. Or highly elaborate that need several steps and several hours of prep. And they’re all in here. 

Go through this collection of the best pinoy desserts. Try one, try all. Enjoy!

Filipino Dessert Recipes You Must Try

Here are Filipino dessert recipes you can easily make at home. New to Filipino food? Desserts are a delicious and fun introduction to any cuisine. And if you’re a Filipino craving for desserts from home, you’re going to love this.

Filipino Easy Desserts

Let’s start with simple pinoy dessert recipes. And it can’t get any simpler than these no-bake treats. No-bake doesn’t mean not special though. Many Filipinos serve these desserts during special occasions.

Filipino Desserts with Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, coconut cream (the thicker version) and coconut juice are important ingredients in Filipino as well as in many Asian cooking. We usually buy it canned here but in the Philippines you can buy it fresh from the local market.

Filipino Cake Recipes

Fancy baking a cake? These showstopper cakes are perfect for any celebration like birthdays, graduations, fiestas and more.

Best Pinoy Desserts from Childhood

We all grew up eating these sweet treats. Now we can make them at home and relive all our happy memories from childhood.

Unique Filipino Desserts

If you’re looking for uniquely Filipino desserts, try these one-of-a-kind ube desserts. Start with ube halaya or purple yam jam then explore all the different ways Filipinos enjoy their beloved ube.

Filipino Sweet Treats or Kakanin

Want to really experience Filipino cuisine? Try these Filipino sweets or delicacies (kakanin in Tagalog). Make them today and make your Filipino grandma proud.

Filipino Desserts for Noche Buena and the Holidays

Some Filipino dessert recipes are so special they’re reserved for very special occasions like Christmas and New Year’s Eve. That’s when Filipino families gather together and have the biggest feast of the year.

Another popular Filipino dessert is halo-halo. It’s a dessert made of crushed or shaved ice, toppings like leche flan, sweet beans, ube halaya, sago or tapioca, and coconut, then drizzled with evaporated milk.

Some even top their halo halo with ice cream! It’s really the ultimate summertime treat.

You don’t need a recipe to make halo-halo at home. Just put your favourite things in it and make it your own. Here’s a video I found on YouTube where you can see how easy and simple it is to make one.

Hope you enjoy these Filipino desserts recipes. If you ask me what the most popular sweet dessert in the Philippines is, I really can’t tell you because I love them all!

Happy baking and cooking!

Did you make any of these Filipino dessert recipes? Which one did you like best? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

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Thursday 23rd of July 2020

These looks and sounds delicious! Can't wait to get my hands on some of these scrumptious Filipino treats and desserts! :)


Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Most of the recipes are new to me and all of them look delicious! I’m looking forward to broadening my dessert repertoire.


Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Thank you Jolina for featuring Filipino food. More people know about our cuisine, the better. I have a sweet tooth and eager to try all these recipes especially brazo de mercedes. God bless.


Friday 3rd of April 2020

Hi Charito! Thank you for your kind words. I agree, Filipino cuisine should go mainstream it's delicious :) Hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in these crazy times!


Saturday 28th of March 2020

I heard of some of these foods but I haven't tried them. I should try to make one of these foods, especially the beautiful ube chiffon cake!


Friday 27th of March 2020

These all look so amazing! The banana one looks like something I would really enjoy...I may have to give it a try!!!