Tuesday 3 November 2015

Pandan Coconut Milk Cotton Cake 香兰椰浆棉花蛋糕

I did a similar pandan cotton cake using soya milk in June. Inspired by Sharon's beautiful pandan coconut cotton cake, I modified the earlier recipe to fit in the coconut milk. Cakes baked using pandan and coconut milk are always so sweet and frangrant Y(^_^)Y

Yield: one 14cm diameter round cake
Cake mould: 6" round mould, 7.5cm tall

All ingredients in room temperature 
Using 55g eggs
40g coconut/vegetable oil 椰油/植物油
50g top/cake flour 低筋面粉

42g coconut milk, 浓椰浆
12g pandan leaf 香兰叶
3 egg yolks 蛋黄
1 egg 全蛋
1/8 tsp salt 盐

3 egg whites 蛋白
40g fine sugar 细砂糖

1. Line a 6" round cake pan with a small piece of parchment paper if you are using a fixed base cake pan. This is to facilitate removal of cake from the pan.
You may omit this step if you are using a 6" removal base cake pan. 

2. Blend 42g of coconut milk with 12g and of pandan leaf. Collect 50g of mixture for later use. If the mixture falls below 50g, just top up with a little coconut milk or water to make up for the difference.

Coconut milk + pandan leaf = 50g

3. Loosen the flour using a hand whisk. Set aside.

4. Heat coconut/vegetable oil till you see convection current starting to appear at the surface of the oil (about 82~85 degree Celsius). 
Do not over heat the oil as we don't want to fry the flour.

5. Remove the bowl of hot oil from the stove, add in the flour and stir till smooth paste formed.

6.  In a separate bowl, blend the egg yolks with one egg.

7. Stir in the pandan coconut mixture from (2) to the yolk batter.

8. Add the cooked dough from (5) to (6). And mix into a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside.
Ensure the cooked dough has cooled down sufficiently before adding.

9. Mix in a pinch of salt. Cover and set aside.

10. Beat egg white till frothy, for about 30 seconds. Add in the sugar, in 3 batches.

11. Beat at medium high speed at the start and reduce to low speed towards the end of the process. Beat the meringue till almost reaching the stiff peak stage. The standing meringue has a slight dip at the tip.

12. Scoop about 1/3 of the meringue into the yolk batter at (9). Fold to mix.

13. Pour the yolk batter back to the remaining meringue and fold to mix into a smooth batter.

14. Pour the batter into the 6" round cake mould. Lightly bang the cake mould a few times to remove any trapped air bubbles in the batter.

15. Place the cake pan in a tray of 1cm-deep hot water. 
Steam-bake the batter in a preheated oven set at 170 degree Celsius with only the upper heating coil for 40 minutes at lower rack of the oven. 

After 40 minutes, reduce the oven temperature to 150 degree Celsius with both upper and lower heating, for another 20 minutes.
If the cake brown too fast, cover it with an aluminum foil.

End of baking.

Oven temperature and baking duration may differ based on individual oven.

16. Remove the cake with pan from the oven and drop the pan with the cake from a height of about 10 cm for about three times. This is to prevent the cake from over shrinking during the cooling period.

Then let them cool down on a cooling rack for about 20 ~25 minutes. 
While the cake is still warm, runs a silicon spatula along the edge of the cake. Remove the cake from the cake pan and cool down on a wire rack. This is to prevent accumulation of moisture at the base of the cake.

You may want to dry up the sides of the cake by keeping it in the warm oven for about 15 minutes. Turn on the oven to 90 degree Celsius for 2 minutes.

17. Slice the cake and enjoy :)


  1. 漂亮,很漂亮的蛋糕,妳很棒也!

    1. hi Sharon, 谢谢你的赞美。你的蛋糕也是一级棒 :)

  2. Hello just wondering do I need to filter the juice out or together with the leaves ? Thanks

    1. Hi Joyce, as my blender can blend the pandan leaves to very fine, I do not have to filter the pandan juice :)

    2. Thanks a lot for your reply... If mine can't be fine I have to filter it ? I actually didn't know pandan juice can be eaten... Hehehe such a noob...

    3. Oh ya sorry one more qn my oven doesn't have up or down settings it's just like a knob to turn to how many degrees I want do I just follow the same temperature u mentioned ? Thanks a lot ;-)

    4. Haha, you're not a noob. Most of the bakers still filter the pandan juice. If your blender cannot blend the pandan leaves to a fine grade, then maybe you'll have to filter it.

      Regarding the baking temperature, maybe you can try baking at 160 degree C for 25 to 30 minutes, then lower to 140 degree C for another 20 minutes. You may have to adjust the baking time yourself, as I've not try it before. When you start to bake, the side of the cake would rise faster than the centre. When you see your cake starting to plateau, then lower the oven temperature to 140 degree C. As baking continues, the top of the cake will start to bulge, when you see the cake start to shrink a little, then your cake should have baked through. This is just a guideline, hope it work for your oven :)

    5. Thanks thanks.. One more question if dun use cook dough method is it possible ? Trying to bake a pandan cake now but feeling very nervous cause the last time I made it was a disaster 😔

    6. Hi Joyce,
      One of the characteristics of cotton cake is it uses cook dough in the batter. If you do not prefer cook dough, maybe you can consider chiffon cake. Sharing with you the recipe 😄

      I also failed a number of times before getting it right. 加油加油 😄💕

  3. Haha you r so encouraging ! Thanks ! I failed miserably again yesterday! Will try again... thanks thanks for your patience

    1. Oh oh, hope you've learned somethings from the failure and continue to try. You'll succeed one day! :)


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