Steamed pumpkin cake

    1 hour

    This delicious Thai steamed pumpkin cake is simple to make, gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Pumpkin is grated into a batter made with coconut milk, coconut cream, rice flour, tapioca flour and sugar.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
    • 4 tablespoons rice flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
    • 125ml coconut cream
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 (900g) pumpkin - peeled, seeded and grated
    • 250ml coconut milk
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Extra time:25min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Bring about 4cm of water to the boil in a pan fitted with a steamer large enough to fit a 23cm square baking dish.
    2. Sift the tapioca flour, rice flour and arrowroot powder together into a bowl. Gradually stir the coconut cream into the mixture until completely incorporated and smooth, about 10 minutes. Stir the sugar, pumpkin, coconut milk and salt into the mixture, dissolving the sugar completely into the batter; pour into a 23cm square baking dish.
    3. Steam over the boiling water until the cake is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Allow the cake to cool before cutting into squares to serve.


    If your local supermarket doesn't stock arrowroot powder or tapioca flour, you can find them in speciality shops or online.
    To ensure that this recipe is indeed gluten free and vegan-friendly, double check all of your ingredients prior to cooking.

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    Easy to make. Followed the recipe exaclty and it turned out beautifully. Really nice cake either warm or cold. I steamed mine in the wok in a loaf tin as I didn't have a 9 inch tin. I didn't change the time, it was cooked after 25 minutes.  -  08 Mar 2013  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)