Friday, 25 January 2013

Steamed Coffee Cake

This is my first time attempting Chinese New Year steamed cake as compared to my usual new cookies and dishes. But since I wanted sometime fusion rather than the traditional Steamed Prosperity Cakes (Fa Gao - 发糕), I decided to use a sponge cake recipe and give it a twit by adding instant coffee powder and brown sugar to achieve a similar colour like Fa Gao.

On top of that, I also decorate it with some auspicious New Year wordings like 发财(Fa Cai), 福(Fu), 大吉(Da Ji) and etc by pipping outlines of the Chinese characters on it.

(using Gold Kili Instant Double Shot White Coffee)

With some Gold Kili Instant Double Shot White Coffee Powder that I found in my pantry, I decide to add it into my sponge cake mixture to create our all-time favourite steamed coffee cake. The texture of these steamed cakes are very soft and fine which resemble those Japanese Steamed Cakes which are available in four leaves or some Japanese bakery.

(Make: 8  | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 12 - 14 minutes each batch)


1. Add all the ingredients into the mixing bowl and whisk using an electric beater on medium speed (speed 3) for about 6 minutes till mixture form ribbon trace when beater is lifted up from the batter.

2. Set aside 2 Tablespoons of the batter and coloured it with some red food gel till well mixed, spoon it into a piping bag and set aside.

3. Next spoon the coffee batter into another piping bag and fill each cupcake liner till 3/4 full.

4. Cut a small opening at the end of the red batter piping bag, make sure the opening is not too big or else the wording will be too thick.

5. Pipe some auspicious Chinese words on the prepared plain batter then arrange the cups in a steamer and steamed on medium high heat for 12 – 14 minutes depending on the size and heat.

Overall these cake are light in texture which filled with distinctive coffee flavour that make it a great snacks for the visiting guests during Chinese New Year. Imagine having this auspicious cake and wishing each other a prosperous new year with some "Lotus Seeds, Longan And Persimmon Sweet Soup".

Lastly I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover.


  1. Ellena, this steamed cake looks very pretty! So good to serve for CNY :)

    1. Thanks Ann, all your CNY bakes are amazing too! Hope I have time to try making them too :)

  2. Hi Ellena,

    Nice steam cake! Can I substitute the red food gel with red colouring instead?

    1. Hi Corinna, Yes you can but not too much or else it will dilute the batter :)

  3. Replies
    1. Yooo it's actually Sponge Cake Stabiliser!

    2. Ok, I still don't know what that is... Lol

  4. I do not have a electric beater, will this recipe work if I use spoon to mix everything together?


    1. Hi Ling,

      This recipe cannot use spoon to mix. You have to whisk the egg mixture till light and creamy. But if you are hardworking you can whisk it using balloon whisk manually :)

  5. Hi!

    Can omit the sponge gel? Or any replacement?


    1. Hi there, Yes you can omit be sponge gel but the texture won't be that cotton soft.

  6. Hi Ellena,

    Do you know where I can purchase the Ovalette /Sponge Gel in the States?

  7. Hi Candice,

    Maybe you can try those Asian Chinese Supermarket or replace it with Sponge Cake Stabiliser! HTH :)

  8. Steamed coffee sponge cakes for cny? Hw nice and unique :). Now whenever i eat the usual cakes, i will be thinking of your coffee cakes haha. They look so light and puffy.

    1. Thanks Esther :) Those cakes above do add a bit of New Year mood :p

  9. Hi Ellena,

    I was wondering how did you steam the cakes with silicone cups but yet able to contain them in paper cups in the end.

    Thank you :)

    1. Hi there, I made a few batches, some with silicon cups some with paper cases :)

  10. This is so cool Ellena! I love the Chinese characters on the steamed cake!

  11. hi, can i use self raising flour instead of all purpose plain flour and not use baking powder?
    And when you steam with paper cases, dont the paper get wet?!
    By the way, I love your innovative ideas! =)

  12. Hi Ellena , can the coffee be substituted with other flavouring?


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