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Chinese Steamed Cake (Revised) and Merry Christmas!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011 | Labels: , , |

Not your typical Christmas dish but here's my offering for today, an easy steamed cake Chinese style.  Since it's already Christmas, I bet you don't have much time to read much today so I will try to be sparse with words today :O.  Chinese steamed cake is extremely easy and always popular as it is a light, fluffy and sweet concoction that can be done up with minimal mess and effort.  Today's recipe is my attempt at revisiting my older recipe in which I added a tiny bit more baking powder and used less egg.  The result was a lighter and airier version although with lesser egg, it was a tad drier but I loved it all the same.  In addition, I used a smaller square pan for steaming since I wanted my cake to be tall - I just find tall cakes so much more appealing for some reason.


If you prefer a moister version, do refer to myoriginal recipe instead.  Finally, here's wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season!

Chinese Steamed Cake 中式蛋糕
Serves 4


3 large size eggs (Use high grade ones)
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
3/4 cup white sugar
4 tbsps cooking oil
3 tbsps evaporated milk
1 tsp baking powder


Prepare a steel pan or you can also opt to use the steamer rack found in most rice cookers. Line the bottom and the sides with cling-wrap or parchment paper.

Start by mixing the eggs with sugar until fluffy with a whisk. Next, add the flour baking powder, oil and evaporated milk into the egg mixture and mix till well blended. If you think your batter is too thick, you can add one or two more tbsps of evaporated milk. Prepare to steam by boiling water in a big wok, then place a steaming rack on the wok. You can improvise by laying chopsticks criss-cross across the pan and place the pan on top for steaming.

Finally, pour the batter into the prepared pan and steam under high heat for about 40 minutes. Be sure to check constantly to make sure there is still enough water in the wok.

Chinese Steamed Cake 中式蛋糕


Littlecornerofmine said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you too!  What an coincident, I am also playing with steamed cake recipe, still in my draft and I have one more to try.  I also find tall cake more appealing and I totally used a wrong size bamboo steamer for mine.  Sigh! 

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Merry Christmas dear!! Yeah, haha yeah, the last time I also used a pan that was too large so the cake turned out pretty 'short' ....what a nice coincidence!

J said...

Looks delish! Merry Christmas!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

Merry Christmas!!

Jeannie said...

Merry Christmas! Yummy cake, one of my must have for CNY:)

Small Kucing said...

i remember granny used to buy. I always celup kopi and eat

Carolyn Jung said...

These were my favorite things as a little girl. I remember tagging along with my Mom to buy ingredients for dinner in various Chinatown delis. She's always pick up a few of these airy sponge cakes because she knew how much I loved them. I remember squishing the edges with my fingers until they were flat as a pancake. How many cakes can you do that with, right? Thanks for letting me relive those sweet memories. And Merry Christmas to you and a wonderful 2012!

Yi Reservation said...

The cake looks so delicious and fluffy. I've never steamed a cake but this looks quite easy. Definitely will try this soon! Happy New Year!

Jesica Edisanto said...

I was told that this cake is one of the healthiest cakes ever! so having one whole loaf in one go would be simply guilt-free...

Kristy said...

Merry Christmas to you & your family too, Jasmine. Hope you're having a fabulous holiday. Can't believe it is already end of 2011. Hoping the coming 2012 will be a blessed one. So, wishing you a very Happy New Year as well. Enjoy & have loads of fun & laughter.
May god bless you all.Best wishesKristy

orion said...

Chance upon you today, great site. Will come back to visit again. Must dash.
Wishing you & your readers a Very Happy Blessed New Year!!

Smoky Wok (Tastes of Home) said...

thanks Orion! Happy New Year to you too!!

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