Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Steamed Egg Sponge Cake

I was feeling much better yesterday night and decided to satisfy my itch in baking. However, my bitter memories of my very recent sore-throat, terrible flu and fever last week told me to forget about the oven but instead steam one.

I settled for an easy recipe which requires less butter and something not too sweet and ended up with a modified recipe from Amy Beh. Also, a recipe that uses a small can of condensed milk seemed "healthier" than 250gms of sugar ... well at least that's what I think la.

125gm butter at room temperature
180gm self-raising flour, sifted twice
3 large eggs
1 small can of condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
a pinch of salt
some food coloring (optional)

  • Grease an 8" round pan.
  • Beat butter till light & fluffy.
  • Then beat in eggs well, one at a time.
  • Add the can of condensed milk, essence & salt. Beat till well mixed.
  • (I beat it till it doubles in volume).
  • Slowly fold in the flour.
  • Divide mixture into 3 equal parts & add coloring to 2 parts.
  • Pour batter alternatively into the pan.
  • Steam for about 25-30 minutes till done.
Remember to sieve the flour so that the cake will be softer. You can also use Hong Kong flour if you prefer as its finer. And its important to have room temperature butter, else when you beat it, it turns out yucky and not fluffy and light. And oh ya, make sure water is boiling rapidly before you put in your cake to steam okay?

Since lil one was screaming "cake! cake" once he started see me taking out my beater, I decided to make it colourful for his sake. To cheer him up! If it was my choice, a simple cake with some chocolate flavouring marbled in, would be my favourite .. hehehe. Otherwise, this is just as nice when its plain.

Lil one loved it .. cos we "pretended" it was his birthday .. with candles and all .. and he tried blowing the cake after we sang the "birthday song" ... hahaha. Good practice for his upcoming birthday dinner. Guess what cake I ordered for him? The clue is "clue" ... hehehe.

P/S: My apologies for some bad pics ... took via my mobile phone.


mommy to chumsy said...

nice cake. looks like the chinese fatt koh :D i'll try this out one day. thanks for the recipe :D

LittleLamb said...

chinese fatt koh or gai dan koh?

Josephine said...

what cake?
jelly cake?
cup cake?
ice cream cake?

Annie Q said...

the cake so colourful. Something like fatt gou?


Hi Little Lamb & Annie, its something like gai dan kou .. really soft & nice .. perfect for breakfast or afternoon snack.

Baby Darren said...

wow..ur cake looked so nice and colourful...maybe I should try it one day....

mumsgather said...

Can we beat it by hand or need a mixer?


Hi Mumsgather, if you have some good arm muscles, sure by all means, beat by hand. But normally for sponge cakes, a hand mixer would work better. The best would be of course THE kitchenaid stand mixer lar .. but any cheap handmixer will work as well. Because for sponge cakes, you need to really make the batter rise till double or even triple, then the sponge cakes will turn out soft and nice.