Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Steamed Dark Brown Sugar Cake 蒸黑糖鸡蛋糕

A soft and light cake with a subtle dark brown sugar taste. You may not appreciate this cake if you prefer strong flavour cakes 🍰 Avoid taking the cake with strong flavour beverages, like coffee or hot chocolate, which may dull your taste buds 🚫☕

No baking powder nor baking soda is needed, the cake raises purely based on the leavening power of the beaten egg🌻

All ingredients in room temperature
Using 55g Omega 3&6 egg

Ingredient A
55g fresh milk 鲜奶
35g dark brown sugar 黒糖*
10g rice bran/mild flavour vegatable oil 米糠/植物油

Ingredients B
60g top/cake flour 低筋面粉
10g corn starch 栗米粉

Ingredient C
2 egg whites 蛋白
Pinch of salt 盐
35g raw sugar 黄砂糖
2 egg yolks 蛋黄

* I used organic dark brown sugar.


1. Line a 14 cm round cake tin with parchment paper.

2. Mix ingredient A together in a heat resistant bowl.and set aside.

Heat the mixture in a rice cooker using "Keep Warm" function for about 5 to 8 minutes. 

Stir to dissolve the dark brown sugar. Let the brown sugar mixture cool down slightly before using.

3. Loosen ingredient B in a bowl using a hand whisk. Set aside.

4. In a clean and dry mixing bowl, sprinkle a pinch of salt over the egg whites of Ingredient C, and beat till frothy. 

Slowly add in the raw sugar, in 3 batches. Continue to beat till the whisks can draw up a long and narrow meringue.

5. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time. Continue to beat till the batter can hold its shape for at least 5 seconds.

6. Fold in ingredient A and B in alternating sequence. Start with flour and end with flour.

7. Give the batter a thorough mixing using a spatula. Ensure no liquid ingredients sink at the bottom.
Do not over mix.

8. Pour the batter into the lined cake pan. 

Steam at medium heat for 5 minutes. The duration will depend on the batter temperature. This is also the duration for the centre of cake to rise from concave to plateau. 
Reduce the heat to low and continue to steam for about 12 to 15 minutes, or till an inserted cake tester drew out clean.
Keep the temperature low, so the cake will not rise too high and form a high dome top.
Do not open the lid while the cake is steaming! The cake will collapse if this happens.

When the top of the batter starts to flatten from concave, it is time to lower the heat.
When the batter rises, it will starts to rise from the side, and gradually move towards the centre. So the centre of the cake is the last to be inflated.

End of steaming. Test the cake with a cake tester while the cake is still in the pot. 

Drop the hot cake with the pan 3 times from a height of about 10cm. This is to prevent the cake from over shrinking.

9. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes, before transferring out.
Let the cake cools down completely on a wire rack.

10. After the cake has completely cooled down, slice the cake and enjoy it 😋


  1. Attempting this recipes right now, haha
    Likely, doubled it to make a 3 eggs sized cake after looking at egg volume and pan size.. hope it turn out well like yours

    1. Thank you for sharing 💕 Hopefully your cake is beautiful 😊

  2. What does corn strach act as? Thinking if can skip that. Tq . I tried it it lovely. Soft texture

    1. Hi, yes, you can replace the corn starch by top or cake flour. Happy that you like it 💕😊

  3. Hi sis,i did try to double up the nutella steam cake to 4 eggs and it was successful.i wondered can i oso double this up because this recipe has no baking powder added? Can it rise ??

    1. Hi sis Weiwei, if you beat your meringue well, the cake should be able to rise without baking powder. You can add about 1/4 tsp of baking powder to help the cake rise well :)

    2. Do i need to reduce the sugar quantity? If i double up..total would b 140g.

    3. Hi Weiwei, logically calculated the sugar should be in double quantity. If you prefer a lower sugar cake, you can reduce to 130g 😊

  4. What the reasons when open the cover the cake drop. Tq

    1. Oh, I think most likely was the cake has been over-steamed. When the cake has been over-stretched, it can be blown up to a great height, but when the heat has been removed, the cake would shrink and collapse. So, its best to steam at low heat, the cake would be able to keep its height and shape better.

  5. Can replace with non dairy milk?

    1. Hi Piggymon, yes, you can use coconut milk to replace milk :)


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