Wednesday 22 April 2020

Steamed Sweet Rice Cake 白糖糕

A popular steamed rice cake with a honeycomb-liked structure, and infused with faint alcohol aroma from a short fermentation of the rice batter. Maybe my steamer's steam was too strong, and the cake was too thick, the honeycomb-liked structure was a little messy. However, the springy taste of the cake was wonderful, and it was neither sour, nor too sweet 😍

Servings: two cakes in two 14x7x2.5cm rectangular mould


70g rice flour
60g water

100g water
45g fine sugar
1 blade of pandan leaf, optional

1/4 tsp instant dry yeast
1 tsp water

1/2 tsp rice bran oil/mild flavour vegetable oil


1. Mix rice flour with 60g of water into a smooth paste in a heat resistant mixing bowl. Set aside.

2. Boil 100g water with 45g fine sugar and pandan leaf,  till the sugar dissolves.

3. Pour the hot pandan-syrup from Step 2 into the rice paste in Step 1. Stir to mix well.

4. Transfer the bowl to a water bath heat over low temperature. Stir regularly to prevent the rice paste from forming lump at the base of the bowl.

When rice paste started to form lumps, remove the mixture from the heat.

Continue to stir till all the lumps disappear. The rice batter should be smooth and slightly thickened. Cover the rice batter partially, and allow it to cool down to below 35℃.

5. While waiting for the rice batter to cool down, activate the yeast by sprinkling the instant dry yeast over 1 tsp of water. Need not stir the mixture. Let it stands for about 30 minutes, or till frothy.

6. When the rice batter has cooled down to below 35℃, stir in the yeast mixture from Step 5.

Cover and let it ferment in room temperature for about 150 to 180 minutes, or till you can smell a nice alcohol aroma.

The rice batter will be filled with air bubbles at the end of the fermentation.

7. Mix about 1/2 tsp of mild flavour vegetable oil to the rice batter.

8. Start to heat up a steamer. Pour the batter into two moulds coated with a thin layer of vegetable oil.

Steam for about 15 minutes, off the power, and let the cakes stand in the steamer for another 5 minutes.

 Use a cake tester to check the doneness of the cakes.

9. Allow the cakes to cool down over a wire rack.

Remove from the moulds and cut into your desired shape and size 😋


  1. Looks different from all the butter cakes, must try it. I wonder if you can eat it together with peanut butter like sort of a pau. Good blog

    1. Thank you Kestrel for the suggestion :) I enjoy the plain steamed cake in its own characteristic aroma, peanut butter maybe a bit strong for it. But, its a good suggestion for a variation :)

  2. Hi I’m interested about your passion for baking and cooking...I really love to know if you have Facebook where I can check out your post... I miss and craving for Taiwanese food always!

    Thank you

    1. Haha, thank you for liking my baking and cooking <3 Nowadays, I prefer to post in Instagram. You may want to follow me @goh_ngaileng :)

  3. Is it using Glutinous Rice Flour ? I used that to mix with water under small fire become sticky...

  4. May knw if the rice flour and the water measurement are correct? I followed it & the overall outcome is very little...? Pls advise. Thanks


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