This Pandan Steamed Sponge Cake is soft and fluffy and has a light pandan fragrance. It is good to be served on its own or used to make birthday cake. You may replace 60 g of pandan juice with 70 g of milk to convert it into plain sponge cake. Use medium-low heat when steaming sponge cake as high heat will make the cake rising too high, over risen cake will shrink a lot when out of steamer.

CHINESE VERSION: 香兰蒸海绵蛋糕

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

 

Pandan Steamed Sponge Cake | MyKitchen101en

Ingredients for batter:

  • 4 egg yolks (grade A/size: L, room temp.)
  • 60 g (about 1/4 cup + 2 tsps) fine sugar
  • 50 g (about 1/4 cup) corn oil (or other vegetable oil)
  • 60 g (about 1/4 cup) pandan juice*
  • 150 g (about 1 1/2 cups) cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for meringue:

  • 4 egg whites (grade A/size: L, room temp.)
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 60 g (about 1/4 cup + 2 tsps) fine sugar

Directions:

1 Line 9-inch (23-cm) round baking pan with parchment paper.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

 

2 *Pandan juice: Blend together 70 g of water and 15 g of pandan leaves until fine, extract 60 g of pandan juice.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

3 Bring the water of steamer to the boil.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

 

4 In a clean mixing bowl, whisk egg whites over low speed until large bubbles are formed. Add in cream of tartar, whisk until small bubbles are formed. Add in sugar gradually, whisk until stiff peak (the peaks will point straight up and hold). (Reminder: Egg whites and equipment used to whisk egg whites must be grease-free, water-free and egg yolk-free. Always clean egg shells and equipment with dishwasher detergent, then dry with a clean cloth. Use a clean small bowl to separate egg yolk and egg white, if the egg yolk cracks, don’t use that egg white.)

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

5 Combine egg yolks and sugar, beat until thick. Add in corn oil, beat until combined.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

6 Add in pandan juice, mix well.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

7 Sift together cake flour and baking powder, then sift again into egg yolk mixture, mix until combined.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

8 Add meringue to batter in 3 batches, mix gently using a balloon whisk.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

9 Fold gently until well mixed using spatula, then tap mixing bowl on countertop for a few times to burst large bubbles. (Reminder: Do it quick but gentle to avoid deflating the meringue. Scrape the bottom of mixing bowl with spatula and fold over, repeat folding motion until just well mixed.)

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

10 Pour batter into baking pan, tap baking pan again for a few times.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

11 Steam over medium heat for 5 minutes, then reduce to medium-low heat and steam for 30 minutes. (Reminder: Use medium-low heat when steaming sponge cake so that it won’t rise too high and shrink a lot when out of steamer.)

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12 Drop baking pan from 1 foot high onto countertop (to minimise shrinkage). Unmould and cool completely on wire rack.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan

13 When completely cooled, cut into 12 pieces with serrated knife.

Steamed Sponge Cake with Pandan