Puto Bumbong Goes (Literally) Cool in This Must-Try Ice Cream Cake

Sebastian's Ice Cream, puto bumbong ice cream cake whole + slice
PHOTO BY Sebastian's Ice Cream

(SPOT.ph) What's a Filipino Christmas without locals scarfing down steaming-hot puto bumbong in the wee hours of the morning? The traditional rice cake—marked by its deep purple hue (thanks to its pirurutong-rice makeup) and smoky aroma (from being wrapped in steamed inside bamboo tubes)—is a holiday icon in these parts that's best taken with muscovado sugar, grated coconut, and a generous slather of butter or margarine. In its OG form, it's a warm, chewy treat best classically consumed after Simbang Gabi—and now you can try it as a cool, creamy dessert that's as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the taste buds. Take a look at Sebastian's Ice Cream's Puto Bumbong Deluxe Ice Cream Cake.

Also read: 10 Things Pinoys Do During Simbang Gabi

Yup, puto bumbong ice cream cake is now a thing thanks to Sebastian's:

Sebastian's, ICYDK, has been making Puto Bumbong Ice Cream that's available by the scoop as a Christmas special for a couple of years now. This time, though, they're taking things up a notch with a multi-layered ice cream cake that captures the flavors of the original. It begins with a puto-bumbong cake base (made with rice flour, margarine, and muscovado sugar!) which gets layered with muscovado ice cream and puto bumbong ice cream (the latter, also made with muscovado, margarine, and malagkit rice). A sprinkling of shredded fresh coconut and shards of muscovado toffee seal the deal—flavor- and visuals-wise; definitely try and get a little of everything in a forkful for the full nutty-creamy-caramel-y sensation. You can get a slice for P155 or a whole round for P1,650.

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Sebastian's Ice Cream, puto bumbong ice cream cake
Imagine the nutty, caramel-y, buttery profile of puto bumbong—but turned cool and creamy.
PHOTO BY Sebastian's Ice Cream

The Puto Bumbong Deluxe Ice Cream Cake is just one of the specials Sebastian's has whipped up for Christmas; also new on the lineup is the Sapin Sapin Special Ice Cream Cake (P155/slice, P1,650/whole) with layers of kutsinta cake, gata kakanin ice cream, langka cake, and ube kakanin ice cream inspired by the multilayered kakanin. They're also bringing back the Bibingka Supreme (P165/slice, P1,750/whole)—a salty-sweet treat with keso and salted-egg ice cream layers plus bibingka—from last year, as well as launching the revamped Leche Flan Torte (P165/slice, P1,750/whole) now with a rich butter cake forming the base to layers of leche flan and leche flan ice cream. These are all available via their delivery website; the slices can also be had for dine-in at their shop at The Podium.

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Sebastian’s is a local artisanal ice cream maker known for their wide range of ice cream flavors and other frozen desserts.

For orders, check out Sebastian's Ice Cream's website. The slices also available at 4/F The Podium, ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. For more information, check out Sebastian's Ice Cream's Facebook page.

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