Sunday 21 April 2024

Pandan Milk Coconut Sponge Cake (Pandan Powder)

I did some adjustments to my previous recipe, Pandan Coconut Sponge Cake (pandan powder), to bake a similar cake with better browning to the crust. Without the brown caramelized crust, the cake would not be smelled as nice.

More fresh young pandan leaves have been added to enhance the pandan aroma. The pandan powder alone could not do the magic πŸͺ„

If you hate the hassle of extracting pandan juice, and would like to have a healthier cake with lesser fine sugar and coconut product, you may want to try out this light pandan sponge cake recipe πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹

Video of preparation process:


Cake Ingredients

All ingredients in room temperature
Using 55~56g eggs

20g coconut oil 
18g rice bran oil/vegetable oil 

60g top/cake flour 
2g pandan powder 

30g low-fat milk
4g young pandan leaves, chopped 
10g golden syrup/honey
3 egg yolks

3 egg whites
1/8 tsp low-sodium salt
20g fine sugar
20g raw sugar/fine sugar


1. Line an 6" round cake pan with parchment paper at the base. Need not grease the wall of the pan. .

2. Combine low-fat milk, golden syrup/honey, chopped pandan leaves in a small glass. Set aside.

3. Warm coconut oil and rice bran oil till reaching about 75 to 80℃, remove from the heat source.

Pour in the top flour and pandan powder mixture, and mix with a spatula into a sticky paste.

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

5. Combine the yolks, one at a time, to the pandan batter till well combined. 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 sugar mixture. Continue to beat the egg whites. Slowly add in the remaining sugar mixture 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 batter from Step 5.

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

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

Stand the cake pan in a 20cm square pan, filled with 2cm deep of hot water,

9. Preheat the oven to 165℃, turning on only the upper heating coil, for about 10 minutes. 
Bake at middle rack of a preheated convection oven, at 165℃ for 15 minutes. Next, lower the temperature to 130℃, turn on both the upper and lower heating coils, and bake for 40 minutes. 

Please adjust the oven temperature setting according to your oven requirement for baking a sponge cake.

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 onto a kitchen towel thrice.

Let the cake cool down for about 20 minutes in the pan, or till the cake shrinks away from the wall of 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.

11. Cut the cake after cooling down. Enjoys πŸ˜‹ 

Monday 15 April 2024

Hot Orange Juice Butter Cupcake

I am always interested in butter cake recipes that utilise low butter yet still can achieve good aroma, moist and soft texture πŸ’•πŸ’•
When I chanced upon a butter cupcake recipe, I halved the quantity, made some changes, and baked 7 small delicious butter cupcakes that we all enjoyed πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

In order to differentiate it from normal butter cupcake recipes, I added “hot” in the title to better describe its preparation method 🌼🌼


60g orange juice , sweetened
30g unsalted butter 
5g honey 
3g orange zest 
3g rice bran oil/vegetable oil

1 egg, about 58~60g each
1/8 tsp low sodium salt
30g fine sugar
30g raw sugar

75g plain flour
3g baking powder
Pinch vanillin powder 

1. Heat [A] till reaching 75 to 80℃. Cover with a lid to keep the temperature within that range.

2. In a clean, dry and oil-free mixing bowl beat egg white of [B] till frothy, add salt, followed by the two sugars. 

When the meringue reaches firm peak stage, mix in the egg yolk till well combined.

3. Progressively, mix sieved [C] to [B] in a few batches.

4. Take about 1/4 of [B+C] mixture to mix with the warm [A] in step 1. 

When well-combined, pour back to [B+C] mixture, and mix well.

5. Pour about 41 to 42g of batter to 7 paper cake cups (6x5 cm), or till about 4/5 in height.

Place all the batter-filled paper cake cups over a tray.

6. Bake at middle rack of a preheated oven at 180℃ for about 20 minutes or till golden.

7. Dilute about 1 tsp of golden syrup with about 1/8 tsp of warm water. Brush a thin coat of the diluted golden syrup over the crust while the cakes are hot. 
This step is optional, it only helps to give the crust a glossy-look 🌼

8. Serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹