Pastillas Cake Recipe

Turn your fave Pinoy treat into a festive cake!

This cake recipe is made with milky pastillas! Increase condensed milk to half cup to make it extra sweet!

Pastillas Cake Recipe

Roselle Miranda
Turn your fave Pinoy treat into a festive cake!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8


Pastillas Cake Ingredients

  • 13/4 Cup cake flour
  • 1/2 Cup caster sugar divided
  • 3/4 Cup powdered milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Butter cut into 16 pieces
  • 1/2 Cup canola oil
  • 4 large eggs separated
  • 1/4 Cup condensed milk
  • 1 Cup fresh milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 chocolate trees for garnish
  • 1/3 Cup fresh milk
  • 1 1/4 Cup powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Powdered SUgar sifted
  • 1 Cup Butter softened


  • Preheat oven to 325?F. Grease, flour, and line bottoms of 3 6-inch pans.
  • Meanwhile, sift flour into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add 1/4 cup sugar, powdered milk, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running, add butter, one piece at a time. Pour in canola oil. Increase speed to Medium until mixture forms clumps. Decrease speed to Low.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks, condensed milk, fresh milk, and vanilla. With mixer running, gradually pour egg mixture into butter mixture. Gradually increase speed to Medium until mixed.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk egg whites on Medium-High until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar; whisk until stiff. Fold into batter in 3 batches using a spatula.
  • Divide batter evenly among pans. Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick emerges from cake with a few crumbs. Turn upside down on racks until cool.
  • Meanwhile, make Milk Buttercream: Mix hot milk and powdered milk; cool. Beat butter on Medium speed. Add milk mixture and vanilla; beat until mixed. Add powdered sugar in batches, beating well after each addition. Increase speed to High; beat until smooth and creamy.
  • To assemble cake: Spread milk buttercream between layers; cover with crumb coat. Chill until hardened. Frost cake with remaining buttercream. Place white chocolate trees on top of cake. Chill until firm; slice and serve. Recipe originally published in the December 2015 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines.
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