Top: a slice of sapin-sapin sold at a market in California;
Bottom: Sapin-sapin sprinkled with latik and grated cheese in the Philippines
CourseDessert or Snack
Place of originPhilippines
Region or stateCagayan, Isabela
Serving temperatureRoom temperature
Main ingredientsGlutinous rice
Food energy
(per serving)
100[1] kcal

Sapin-sapin is a layered glutinous rice and coconut dessert in Philippine cuisine. It is made from rice flour, coconut milk, sugar, water, flavoring and coloring. It is usually sprinkled with latik or toasted desiccated coconut flakes. The dessert is recognizable for its layers, each colored separately.[2]

Sapin means "layer" while sapin-sapin means "layered" in the Ibanag language.[3]

A traditional recipe of sapin-sapin calls for different flavors mixed in each layer such as ube halaya in the purple layer, jackfruit in the yellow or orange layer, but the white layer has no flavoring. The commercial version tends to have only food coloring and no added flavoring to reduce the cost. [citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ Chua, Philip S. (December 22, 2008). "Calories in Filipino Foods". Cebu Daily News. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Sinclair, Charles Gordon (1998). International Dictionary of Food & Cooking. ISBN 9781579580575. Retrieved January 28, 2009.
  3. ^ Manila Bulletin: The Nation's Leading Newspaper : Philippine Centennial Issue : Kalayaan. 1998. Retrieved January 28, 2009.