Saturday, November 24, 2012

Steam Pandan Cupcakes with Palm Sugar

I have never steamed any cake in my entire life. Reason being: I always hear my mom said it is hard to steam a "笑"(top raise and open)steam cake. That is why it take me so long to steam any cake. This month, I finally pick up the courage, I tell myself: I must try at least once.

Last week, I steamed my first cake. It was, as expected, a failure. The cake didn't raise, and sink in at the centre. Guessed the main reason is I open the cover to check with a skewer, it did not come clear, so I let it steam for another 15 minutes, and the more I checked the worst it looked.

This time, I read more posts on how to steam cake, and pick up tips here and there. As usual, I modified to a simpler version. The recipe that I followed mainly from HERE.

Although this time, the cakes did not "笑", but they are all cooked. Texture is soft and spongy. I am quite happy with the result.

Ingredient: (make 5 cupcakes)
120g Self Raising Flour
50g sugar
100g hot water
1/2 tsp pandan paste
1/2 tsp baking powder
20g canola oil
1 egg
Some palm sugar

1. Add sugar to hot water. Stir to melt sugar. Let cool.
2. Add pandan paste to sugar water, stir well.
3. Sift flour and baking powder in a mixing bowl.
4. Add sugar mixture, oil and sieved beaten egg.
5. Mix till all incorporated.
6. Fill each cup 1/3 full, sprinkle some palm sugar, and top up to 3/4 full.
7. Steam over medium heat for 45 minutes.
8. Let cool and serve.

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #25 - Steaming Hot Cakes (November 2012) hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders.


  1. Hi,
    Thanks for submitting to Steaming Hot Cakes!
    Steaming cakes needs practice, I also have to throw away one or two cakes this month bcos they were not cooked well enough.

    I find huat kuehs the hardest to steam, it is difficult to make them break into a smile, it really depends on your recipe and your luck! :)

    1. Thanks Miss B for your encouragement! All your steam cakes look so good! Envy :)

  2. I think u have to fill the batter full and steam with high fire, then u will obtain the flower design.

    1. Thanks Margaret for dropping by and thank you for your advice. :) will try again :)