Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake

I feel so excited to share this simple but amazing recipe with you. In China, rice cakes are one of the most versatile foods out there! There are tons of delicious rice cake recipes. But this one is so unique that every will love it, I promise.

Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake 4

This dessert is made with purple sweet potato, rich, fragrant, and just sticky enough.

I love topping my rice cakes with coconut powder. They’re slightly sweet, perfect for your breakfast. Try this recipe and start your day with a little bit of fiber and a little bit of protein.

Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake 1

Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake 2

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Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake

  • Prep time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time:  45 minutes
  • Cool Time: 30 to 40 minutes
  • Total Time: about 1 1/2 hour
  • Serving Size: 4


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 cup of sweet rice powder or glutinous rice flour
  • 2 tbsps of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 2 tbsps of desiccated coconut

Step by step:

  1. Peel the purple sweet potato and cut into chunks.
  2. Steam sweet potato till soft for 15 minutes. Mash the sweet potato in a bowl with a spoon. Then add glutinous rice flour, sugar, water and whole milk in the bowl, stirring evenly.
  3. Pour 1/2 mixture into a square bowl and place in steamer. Steam for 15 minutes. Then pour the rest of the mixture into the same square bowl and steam for another 15 minutes.
  4. Take it out from the steamer. Wait till it becomes closer to room temp. Put in the refrigerator and cool for at least 30 minutes. Cut your rice cake and then spread the desiccated coconut out on rice cakes before serving.


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  1. August 28, 2015 / 1:03 am

    It looks delicious! Your pictures are gorgeous <3

    • September 7, 2015 / 5:38 am

      Arielle, thank you! I love making food that’s bright in color. And I’m sure it is delicious. I just visited your blog and followed. Love it. Really inspiring!!!

      • September 7, 2015 / 2:29 pm

        Thank you so much!

    • November 5, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      I can’t wait to try Purple Sweet Potato Rice Cake. The picture says it all!

  2. September 7, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I grew up eating rice cake and always convinced my dad to buy me some when we were in Chinatown. I’ve never made my own though and only ever had it plain… Your sweet potato variation is intriguing.

    • September 7, 2015 / 10:47 pm

      Yes, rice cakes are sold in nearly all Chinese market. I also ate a lot of rice cakes when I was young. After I grew up, I tried to make by myself. I never stopped loving it and it is TO DIE FOR! You should try out this recipe. It’s not difficult at all. I hope you will love it!!!

  3. September 8, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    This looks beautiful! Seeing your photos of this rice cake made me realize how much I miss this treat. 🙂

    • September 8, 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you, you are so sweet! I love rice cake too. The very first dessert recipe that I can remember trying to make on my own was rice cake, and I still get totally addicted to this every time I make them! 😛

  4. September 10, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    Your food is so beautiful and colorful! Lovely pictures and recipes!

  5. Tena Carr
    September 16, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Looks good. We tend to stay away from any kind of rice as they make hubby’s sugar sky rocket (even basmati, brown, and long-grains).

  6. September 20, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    I love sweet potatoes, but have not tasted purple ones yet. I want to try this!

  7. September 21, 2015 / 11:55 pm

    Sounds delicious. When I lived in Las Vegas I could shop in Chinatown all the time. Tucson is 2 hours away but I will have to drive up to the Chinese market and buy ingredients. I can’t wait to try them. Yotaki Beautywalk

    • September 22, 2015 / 12:01 am

      Thank you. It really is. Having delicious food is a great pleasure of life! I totally agree with you! 😀

  8. September 27, 2015 / 12:32 am

    Looks delicious ! Must try them.

  9. October 1, 2015 / 5:26 pm

    What a fantastic blog and with some very scrumptious and mouth watering dishes. I’ll spend some time reading through them all and commenting. I’m curious to know what gives it the purple colour; is it a purple potato?

    • October 1, 2015 / 6:46 pm

      Hi Pixie, thank you very much! I’m so glad you like it! And yes, the purple color comes from the purple potato. Natural, beautiful, and delicious. 😀

      • October 2, 2015 / 6:28 am

        I’ll have to see where I can obtain them in the UK. Our supermarkets are disappointing but I can look for some smaller shops that sell a range of interesting veg and fruit.

        • October 3, 2015 / 2:33 pm

          Hi Pixie, let me know if you get purple sweet potatoes. I hope you will love it! 🙂

          • October 3, 2015 / 2:34 pm

            You shall be the first to know. In the meantime, I’ll have to make something else.

          • October 3, 2015 / 3:04 pm

            Pumpkin Congee

  10. October 3, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I used to eat rice cakes for breakfast (a savoury version) in Singapore, and was never able to figure out how to make them myself, so this is very useful. I love your sweet purple version.

    • October 3, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you for liking it. I always love to try new recipes and create delicious meals. I hope you will love it!! XX

  11. October 3, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    It looks awesome Ruijun ! 🙂

  12. healthandfitnessforthewin
    October 8, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    Your pictures are breathtaking. I love the color of this dish. I’ve never seen a purple sweet potato. I’ll be on the lookout for one! The only ingredient I’d have to substitute is the milk since I’m lactose intolerant. Could I use coconut milk or almond milk instead? Thanks!

    • October 9, 2015 / 1:21 am

      Thank you so much!! It means a lot! Of course coconut milk is a great substitute for milk!! I hope you will love it! 😀

  13. October 23, 2015 / 11:57 am

    Wow I love all your recipes and photos! I’ve been looking around for credible Chinese recipe sites out there and I’m glad I found your blog! Can’t wait to try this. 🙂

    • October 23, 2015 / 12:00 pm

      Hi Rayne, thank you! I’m so happy you enjoyed reading my blog! Let me know if you try it! I hope you will love it! XX

  14. October 23, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    I love that your dessert recipes all have bean paste and sweet potatoes and other delicious foods that aren’t just a ton of sugar and icing. These look simply amazing. I can’t cook to save my life, but I’ll look for these in restaurants and Asian markets from now on.

    • October 23, 2015 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you for liking my desserts! I’ve always wanted to get sugar out of my life to keep slim and healthy, though that might not become real lol… But I usually add less sugar and oil whenever I can. You should definitely have these tasty desserts. You will love them! 😛

  15. October 26, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    What a pretty, appetizing treat for the sweet tooth that’s loaded with fiber and potassium. Thanks for the great idea for tea with the gang.

    • October 26, 2015 / 9:05 pm

      Thank you for your comment! The food itself is indeed nutritious. Hope you are having fun with your friends!

  16. M E Cheshier
    October 29, 2015 / 10:28 am

    What a fabulous recipe! I love the color!

      • M E Cheshier
        October 29, 2015 / 7:51 pm

        You are very welcome Charlotte. I had a great day thanks, I hope you did as well. 🙂

          • M E Cheshier
            October 30, 2015 / 12:42 am

            Me too. 🙂 Productive, peaceful and grateful

  17. November 17, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    Due to the influence of your culture, we have rice cakes here in the PH! 😀 But i think they differ from ours. 😀 Love the photo of them cakes! And I like purple yam(called ube here in the Philippines) as well! Great post and great recipe! 😀

    • November 17, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment! I always wanted to try rice cakes in your country, which must be very yum too. I know I’m going to love them if I get the chance to try! 😀

      • November 17, 2015 / 2:12 pm

        I think there are a lot Filipino restaurants in the US. You can try some there if they have rice cakes. The rice cakes here are called Puto. It has coconut milk which makes it yummy. 😀

        • November 17, 2015 / 2:57 pm

          Oh I love coconut milk! I can imagine how delicious the rice cakes would be. I will definitely give it a try in Filipino restaurants here. Thank you lovely! 😀

          • November 17, 2015 / 2:05 pm

            Youre welcome dear. 😀

  18. November 25, 2015 / 11:39 am

    I have a question. I have rice flour, but don’t think it is glutinous. Do you think adding sorghum or something would work? Otherwise I’ll just have to wait till I find the right stuff.

    • November 25, 2015 / 3:00 pm

      Since that last comment, I tried myself. I used 1 tsp (possibly more than I needed) of guar gum, otherwise followed your directions. It turned out perfect, so thanks again. My version might be of interest to anyone on a gluten-free diet.

  19. Wahyuni
    October 19, 2016 / 5:18 am

    Hi..I love to try your recipe… wondering how many gram 1 of your purple potato in this recipe?
    Thanks in advance.


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