Saturday 29 February 2020

Pandan Coconut Sponge Cake

Yes, another pandan coconut sponge cake recipe again πŸ˜‰ The main difference was the use of bulk fresh pandan leaves paste prepared beforehand. When I bought a new batch of fresh pandan leaves, I would use some of the young leaves combined with some of the imperfect mature leaves, and grind them into paste with water. Cover tightly and keep in the chiller compartment of the fridge, so I can use it conveniently without having to grind a new lot of fresh pandan leaves when I need it 😊

Yield: one round cake
Pan size: 6x3" round cake pan

Fresh Pandan Leaf Paste

1. Cut 20g of pandan leaves into thin strips before blending with 50g of water into a smooth paste.

Cake Ingredients

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

40g organic coconut oil
60g top/cake flour

20g fresh pandan paste*
15g milk
10g condensed milk

3 egg yolks

3 egg whites
pinch of salt
45g fine sugar

*Blend 20g fresh pandan leaves with 50g water, and collect 20g of pandan paste for use in this recipe.

1. Line an 6" round cake pan with parchment paper at the base. Need not grease the wall of the pan. Place a grid iron at the base of a 20cm square pan. Set aside.
I bought the grid iron from Daiso.

2. Combine fresh pandan paste, milk and condensed milk a small glass. Set aside.

3. Warm coconut oil till you can see convection waves at the bottom of the oil. Pour in the top flour, remove from the heat source, and mix with a spatula into a smooth paste.

4. Pour in the pandan-milk mixture from Step 2, and mix well.

5. Combine the yolks, one at a time, to the dough. Set aside.

6.  Beat egg whites in a clean, dry and grease-free bowl, till frothy. Add in a pinch of salt,

and first batch of the fine sugar. Continue to beat the egg whites. Slowly add in the remaining fine sugar in two batches.

Stop beating after the meringue has achieved firm peak stage.

7. Transfer about 1/4 of the meringue to mix with the pandan dough from Step 5.

Pour the pandan mixture back to mix with the remaining meringue.

8. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan from Step 1.

Stand the cake pan over an grid iron in a 20cm square pan, filled with 1cm deep hot water, .

9. Bake at lower rack of a preheated oven turning on only the upper heating coil at 170℃ for 40 minutes. Lower the temperature to 150℃ turning on both the upper and lower heating coils for about 20 minutes.
Or, you can bake at 160℃ for about 60 minutes, with both upper and lower heatings.

10. Remove the cake from the oven. If you want to dry the cake after un-moulding, you may want to keep the oven door close to conserve the heat.

Drop the cake with the pan from a height of about 10 cm to a kitchen towel thrice.
Let the cake cool down for about 20 minutes in the pan.

When the cake starts to pull away from the wall of the pan, jiggle to loosen the cake,
and turn it out to a cooling rack.

You may want to dry the cake in a warm oven using the remnant heat for about 15 minutes.

Cut and enjoy πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹


  1. Hi, I'm interested in this sponge cake as I always like the aroma it gives to the house during the bake or I just have a soft spot for the combination of pandan juice and coconut. I'm new to baking and haven't baked any sponge cake before. I do find the method of heating up the coconut oil and then mixing in the eggs is a bit intimidating but I'd like to give it a try. May I know if I can use a non-stick pan for most of your cakes? I was gifted a 6" non-stick removable base cake pan and I found you have a vast variety of 6" inches cake recipes. I think this non-stick pan is a no no to chiffon cake, but what about sponge cake? Would love to try out many of your recipes. Many thanks in advance.
    Priscilla x

  2. Hi, I have only Upper n bottom heating function only. Can I know at what degrees n timing shld I use? Thank you.

    1. Hi Marie, you can bake at 160C for about 1 hour using both upper and lower heatings. But may not be able to get a crack-free crust πŸ˜‰

  3. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I bake it today and it’s perfect except that my oven don’t hv top n bottom heat so cannot have a nice not crack top.

    1. Thank you JAS for your nice feedback. Happy that you like the recipe :)

  4. Hello, I dont have condensed milk at home, what can I replace with? Thanks.

    1. Hi, you can replace the condensed milk by golden syrup, or omit it from the recipe. The condensed milk helps to give the cake the gloss and the golden crust πŸ˜ƒ

    2. Hi, you can replace the condensed milk by golden syrup, or omit it from the recipe. The condensed milk helps to give the cake the gloss and the golden crust πŸ˜ƒ

  5. Hi, can I replace milk and condensed milk with coconut milk? I don't have coconut oil hence thinking of using coconut milk instead to get the coconut taste. Thanks


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