Steamed Vegan Rice Cakes (Banh Bo Hap)


Easy recipe for steamed rice cake, banh bo hap, a spongy, sweet, and gorgeous-looking vegan dessert. It costs next to nothing to make and fun for the kids.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • 4 cups rice flour

  • 2 cups lukewarm water

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons tapioca starch

  • 1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 teaspoons oil, or as needed


  1. Whisk rice flour, water, coconut milk, sugar, tapioca starch, yeast, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Cover with a lid. Let batter rest until air bubbles rise to the surface, about 2 hours. Stir well.

  2. Grease cake molds with oil. Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Place cake molds on top and pour batter into each, leaving 1 3/4 inches of space at the top for rising. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam until a toothpick inserted into a cake comes out clean, about 10 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If it is winter, place the batter in the oven or any warm place. In the summer, keep at room temperature.

If using food coloring, divide batter into 3 bowls and drop your favorite colors into each.

Use small heat-proof bowls if you don't have cake molds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
9g Fat
61g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 7g 33%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 61g 22%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 123mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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