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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Verdict of this cake by Jess of Bakericious which I fully agreed.
"The cake is not only moist and chocolaty but surprisingly soft. The rum gives a special fragrance to the cake, making it really delicious and yummy. The cake texture is so fine and lovely that you would not guess it is a steamed cake."

My hubby gave a Thumbs Up too for this nice, lovely cake. It is the best ever steamed chocolate that I have made. Since the cake by itself is so....nice, I omit the melted chocolate coating.

According to Jess, this cake can be served chilled or in room temperature. Like Jess, this cake has also changed my opinion about steamed cake which to me usually is a cake with coarse and sometimes tough texture, heavy and dense. However, this cake is the direct opposite. Moreover, it is a yummy and fuss free chocolate cake. Very true - really easy even for a novice cook to do.  I only need to use a saucepan and a mixing bowl to do the preparation. IT'S A KEEPER. 

My appreciation to Jess and Tin Tin for sharing this lovely, workable recipe. By the way, I saw this recipe sometime in 2010 in Tin Tin's blog Cooking Crave, copied it but haven't try until when I saw this again in Jess blog. Thank you.

This photos are actually the edges of the cake.  I have cut the edges to make it into a rectangular cake which I'll be giving to my mom.  Next time, I'll make another one using a round steaming tray for my family.
Visit this site for Its' Nutritional Facts [here]
Please visit Jess or Tin Tin's blog for the original ingredients.
For Cake Ingredients [slightly modified]
180 gm butter [I used 50/50 butter and corn oil]
180 gm castor sugar
200 ml low fat milk

1/2-1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs, slightly beaten with fork
100 gm plain flour [I used cake flour]
50 gm cocoa powder [good quality]
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp of rum [optional]
  1. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Lightly beat eggs with a fork.  Set aside.
  3. Combine butter, oil, sugar, vanilla essence and milk in a saucepan.   Stir over low heat just to dissolve the sugar and melt the butter.  Remove from fire and keep warm.  Stir in the rum if using.
  4. Add in the beaten eggs into the slightly cold liquid mixture, stir to mix well.
  5. Heat up the steamer [I used electric steamer - no need to preheat it].  Lined and greased a 8 inch round baking tray [I used the oval shape steaming tray of my electric steamer and lined it with cling wrap for easy removal of the cake].
  6. Gradually pour the liquid mixture into the flour, using a hand whisk to stir till well to mix [cake batter should be runny like the batter for brownie].
  7. Pour the batter into the tray, place in the steamer, cover the top of the tray loosely with a piece of foil.
  8. Cover the steamer and steam over medium heat for 45 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
  9. Cool the cake in the pan before removing to cool on the rack.
  10. Slice cake to serve.  Cake can be served chilled or in room temperature
For Frosting [if using]*
100 gm chocolate, chopped into small pieces
25 gm milk

  • Double boil the chocolate and milk until chocolate is melt.
  • Pour onto the cake and chill the cake.

* As mentioned by Jess, this amount of chocolate ganache is insufficient to coat the whole cake, you need to increase the amount of chocolate if you want to frost the entire cake.



Ann Low said...

Kimmy, I've yet to make this cake. With your good reviewed, I want to it too. Thank you for sharing :)

Betty said...

Hi Kimmy,

Love to try steamed cakes. Will try this one maybe replace with green tea powder. Do you think can but how much of it, pls?

Kimmy said...

Hi Ann, pardon me but sometimes I do have very high expectation of a good cake. This one has all the good points. I love cakes that can be served chilled or at room temperature - stays soft and moist.

Kimmy said...

Hi Betty, do try it, you will love it. I'm not too sure about green tea powder. You may have to replace the cocoa powder with flour then add about 1-2 tsp green tea powder depending on how intense you want the flavour. Texture and sweetness wise it's perfect for this chocolate cake.

Jess Bakericious said...

Hi Kimmy, thanks for the shout out! I started to crave for this cake liao lol.

Jeannie Tay said...

Hi Kimmy, I think the original of this recipe used evaporated milk right? I had made it several times as it was a favorite with my boys.

Kimmy said...

Hi Jeannie, yes that's right. A yummy cake.

Kimmy said...

Hi Jess, I can't stop eating just a slice. Have to exercise 'control', hehehe!. Thanks.

Luv Sweet and Savory said...

Hi Kimmy, I have not tried steam cake but like to try this one day as my big kids love chocolate. Thanks for sharing.

Tze @ Awayofmind said...

Hi Kimmy, I have yet to try making steam cake before, thanksfor sharing this wonderful steam cake, the texture looks perfect!! Bookmarked the recipe!

Thanks for linkup with LTU!

Zoe said...

Hi Kimmy,

I'm totally convinced with everything that you said about this cake. I love to make them in cupcake sizes for my son's school lunches :D


Phong Hong said...

Kimmy, I must try this! My mum is not in favour of steamed cakes because she thinks that they are not as fragrant or tasty. Must test her and see if she likes this cake hee..hee..

Kimmy said...

Hi Luv Sweet and Savory, thanks for dropping by. This cake is really chocolaty. Hope your kids will like it.

Kimmy said...

Hi Tze, do try and hope you like it. The cake remains soft and moist even after been kept in the fridge.

Kimmy said...

Hi Zoe, do try to make them in cupcake size and let me know the outcome. It may not need 45 minutes of steaming. I would like to make them too for gatherings.

Kimmy said...

Hi Phong Hong, don't tell her it's a steamed cake before testing.

lena said...

good morning kimmy, with such fantastic reviews from you, i really ought to keep this steamed cake in mind. I am attracted by the lightness of the cake that you mentioned. Have been slacking both in baking and blogging ..sorry for not visiting frequently but you are not forgotten. Thanks very much for your entry to our bake along anniversary theme!

Kimmy said...

Hi Lena, you're welcome. I had wanted to do several bakes for Bake-Along 3rd Anniversary but time seems to fly by so quickly. Couldn't find the time as time spent in home is quite limited. Rest assured that I like these on going events to keep me busy in the kitchen and my family gets to enjoy a variety of good food.

kitchen flavours said...

Hi Kimmy,
This cake looks wonderful! I have never attempted a steam cake before, even though I have a book on steam cakes! Looking at yours, I should really give it a try one of these days! Thanks for linking!

Kimmy said...

Hi Joyce, I'll look out for your steam cake recipes. Using an electric steamer is so easy as you don't have to bother whether is low, medium or high heat. Just steam and adjust the time.

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