Chinese sponge cake

    35 min

    This cake is cooked in a bamboo steamer over boiling water. The results are a light, moist sponge. Dust with icing sugar before serving.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 6 eggs
    • 250g caster sugar
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons water
    • 215g cake flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
    • 4 tablespoons icing sugar for dusting

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:35min 

    1. Arrange a large bamboo steamer or regular steamer over simmering water. Ensure it is large enough to hold the cake tin. Line a 23cm square tin with greaseproof paper.
    2. Separate the eggs. Place the yolks in a large bowl along with the sugar and water. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture has increased about three times in volume. Whisk together the flour and the baking powder; sift this over the egg mixture, and fold in gently. Blend in the almond extract.
    3. Whip the egg whites in a clean bowl to stiff, not dry, peaks. Fold into yolk mixture. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin, and smooth out to edges. Tap the tin a few times to get rid of large air bubbles.
    4. Place the tin into the steamer. Cover the top of the steamer with a tea towel, and place the lid on top; the towel will absorb any steam that collects on top from dripping onto the cake. Steam for about 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

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    It would be a good site if the calories per serving was included  -  25 Mar 2017


    Some one please help! I want to know what is "cake flour"? Does this mean self-raising flour or plain flour? I used plain flour (the type with reduced wheat protein)which is not self-raising and added 1/2 teaspoon baking powder as instructed in this chinese steam cake recipe, but it did not work out as it did not rise, and was tough as rubber! Should I use self-raising flour? Or where did I go wrong. Please help to confirm wether cake flour is self-raising flour. Many thanks.  -  11 Jul 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very close to the real thing that you can buy at dim sum shops! I used brown sugar in place for the white because the authentic variety can be a fairly dark brown, and substituted vanilla for the almond extract. I didn't have a steamer or a large enough wok for my cake pan, so I placed it in a 9x13 pan, filled the larger pan with enough hot water to go halfway up the cake pan, covered the whole thing securely with foil, and baked it at 400 for 40 minutes. This would probably solve the problem with the undercooked bottom. It worked fabulously! Another suggestion would be to try serving the cake hot, and keep the remaining cake covered because it dries out easily. Wrap any leftovers with plastic and refrigerate. It reheats nicely in the microwave covered with a damp paper napkin.  -  28 Mar 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)