Monday, April 18, 2011

Pandan Cotton Cake



Time flies, I have not been baking for about 3 months, luckily I have some backlogs so still can keep this blog alive :P.

I am feeling much better now but still not good enough to go back to kitchen, my family and friends have been missing my bakes hahaha.... I miss it myself too :). I am missing my days of baking, cooking and blog hopping, wish I have more engery now.... Well hope this day will arrive soon!


This cake was baked before I am unwell when dear daughter made her requested for a pandan cake. Even I wasn't in mood of baking but still have to fullfil her wish since she never ask for cake for a long period (except talking about her birthday cake). So I looked through my recipes folders trying to find one easy recipe and found this.



Recipe adapted from Jane's Corner with modification.

Ingredients : (8" x 3.5" x 3" cake pan)
30g butter
40g cake flour
40g fresh milk
3 egg yolks
3 egg whites
35g caster sugar
4 pcs pandan leaves - cut into small pieces, blend and squeeze out the juice (mix well with fresh milk)

Method :
1. Melt the butter, mixed in the sifted flour while the butter still warm.
2. Beat the egg yolks lightly and add in pandan juice + fresh milk slowly, mix well.
3. Add in 1/3 of egg yolk mixture to the butter mixture and mix well, pour in the remaining egg yolk mixture and mix well.
4. Whisk egg whites until frothy, add in sugar, continue to whisk till stiff stage.
5. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites to the egg yolk mixture till incorporated, pour in the remaining and mix well.
6. Pour in the batter to the cake pan, lightly bang the cake pan on the table to reduce air bubbles.
7. Bake in pre-heat oven at 170C for 8 mins using water bath, reduce to 150C and continue to bake for another 20C.
8. Invert cake onto a cooling rack until completely cooled. Remove cake from pan and serve.

Verdict?
Like the name, the cake is as soft as cotton, moist and light with hint of pandan taste As what Jane had described, this cake tasted like light cheesecake without cheesy taste, you will like it if you are the fan of light cheesecake. Dear daughter happily ate 3 slices at one go, she told me the cake is very nice. The cake was finised within 2 days, mostly by her.

57 comments:

  1. I like the colour, so greenish, so refreshing. Will try to bake it next time. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This looks great. I haveseen Jane 's cotton cake. Now you are reminding that I have not bake it yet. :)

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  3. such a pretty green hue! speedy recovery!

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  4. I hope you get better soon! Take care of your body and try to get plenty of rest if possible. The texture of that cake looks marvelous!

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  5. im so glad you backlog! you read mind (: i have fresh pandan juice and paste in the fridge coz i prepare it for chiffon :D can you advice me how much paste and juice should i add? thank you! you bake it so nicely! look really soft and fluffy!!
    take care (: im sure we'll see you baking more often after your speedy recovery!

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  6. Hey Jess..really hope that you will feel better soon.. Health is the most important to us! =) Cheer up and think positive which will help too! We must not let poor health knock us down =p be strong!

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  7. Get well soon and bake more good stuff for us. Cheers

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  8. 你的身体状况还好吗?
    希望是的^^
    这个蛋糕绿绿的,好漂亮:)

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  9. i miss you so much!
    ha! ha! ha! Busy of your office work?
    Have a nice day and enjoy your life.

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  10. Oh what a lovely color for this soft and lovely cake! Love the recipe. Should bake it soon.

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  11. Wow, Jess, the cake looks great! I love pandan cake because it's always so aromatic.

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  12. Have a speedy recovery!

    Have bookmarked this recipe from Jane's but was struggling with the ingredients as it's in Chinese. Thanks for the translation.

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  13. thks for the recipe! i always love anything with pandan :)

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  14. This looks so soft like cotton. Doesnt look that difficult - will book mark this. Glad you are well and hope to see more of your bakes.

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  15. This cake looks really like a pandan cotton. :) hope you get well soon. Rest well ok.

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  16. Pandan cake looks lovely and soft. Wish you have a speedy recovery.

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  17. Hope you are feeling better now and do get well soon ! The pandan cake looks so soft in texture and has a nice even shade of baby green. Lovely !

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  18. Oh poor you, it seems like it's taking quite sone time for this recovery. I bet not only your family, your readers, followers and us fellow bloggers misses you much.  do take good care ok? I did this cotton cake recipe before, just not pandan flavor, but great idea! Love the cotton texture, yum!

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  19. Do I need to line the pan? Mh

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  20. That sounds serious, pls take good care of yourself Jess

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  21. I'm totally fascinated by this cake, I'm going to have to remember to try this one.

    I'm so sorry to hear you are unwell and hope you feel better soon. x x x

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  22. HI bakericious

    chanced upon your blog when blog hopping. very nice blog you have! i am interested to make the dulce de leche using your method but may i know if i need to cover the pot when shimmering the cans? also, if i don't open the cans, how long can they be kept and do they need to be kept in the fridge? thinking of trying it tomorrow..tks
    octopusmum

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  23. This cake has a great soft fluffy texture. Very Nice!

    I hope that you are ok and hope to see you in full actions soon. Take care.

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  24. Hi Jess,

    Tried the recipe ytd and it tasted heavenly!

    However, can I ask will yours be sticky overnite? Mine top turn a bit sticky after keeping it overnight... the taste is still as great though... Wonder y....

    Hope you get well soon! :)

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  25. Hi Sweetylicious, I used 4 pcs of pandan leaves to blend and squeeze out the juice. If you wanna use pandan paste, I think 1 tbps should be sufficient.

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  26. Hi Anonymous, I line both side of the pan with baking paper, for the bottom, I just blushed with butter.

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  27. Hi Octopusmum, hope my reply is still on time. I covered the pot before the water is boiling, after boiling, I removed the lip. If you didnt open the can, just follow the expiry date printed on the can, keep in fridge only after you have opened the can.

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  28. Hi Admin, thanks for trying out the recipe. I dun remember the cake turned sticky the next day.

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  29. Hi Jess,
    Thanks! Will try the recipe again and see if the same happens... hopefully not!

    Hope you feeling better now! :D

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  30. The cake looks soft & yummy!

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  31. Hi Jess
    thks much. i went ahead to make dulce de leche yesterday. i didn't cover it when it was simmering...i haven't opened it so don't know what it looks like and i have thrown away the paper without checking the expiry date! but never mind, i will use it next week to make the pound cake. you mentioned the taste of ddl wasn't very strong and you would increase the qty next time. may i know how much do u think we should put so that the taste is stronger? thks

    octopusmum

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  32. You baked this even when you were not feeling well? Mothers are great! Aren't they? :D


    Hope you are better now.

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  33. I see a lot of recipes involving pandan. I sure want to get a hand on it. Looks so moist and fluffy!

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  34. Now look at what you’ve done … you have me seriously craving for a piece of this :)

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  35. wow, i think i can have few slices at one go! you take care, jess!

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  36. Hi Octopusmum, I will probably increase the DDL to 1 to 1 1/3 cup and reduce the sugar slightly but not sure what is the result since I have not tried it. You may need to experience with it if you wanna increase.
    BTW the expiry date of the condensed milk is printed on the can, bottom or top, you may check it out.

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  37. Hi Jess

    thks for the tip!
    regards
    octopusmum

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  38. Jess, this looks so soft and cottony. Hope you will feel better soon.

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  39. Hi Jess...


    Thanx for sharing this recipe.
    Tried it yesterday, the whole family loved it!

    ur blog is very nice!

    i need ur help, i happened to buy salted butter yesterday. can i used it for cake? i'm afraid it will ruin the taste of the cake.
    thanx a lot for ur help.

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  40. Hi, i'm an avid fan of ur blog. Thanks for sharing these nice recipes to bakers who are beginners just like me.

    Just wondering, when do you add the pandan? I think you forgot to place it in the procedure? ;p

    also, when u say bake in a water bath, Do i place the cake pan immersed in water into the oven together when its 175c or leave the pan with the water while d oven is preheating and just insert the cake pan upon reaching 175c?

    Thanks and more power.

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  41. Hi Vonny

    Thanks for trying out the recipe and glad to hear that your family love the cake.
    Yes you definitely can use salted butter to bake cake, just omit the salt if the recipe is calling for salt.

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  42. Hi Chinkie Foodie

    I am so so happy to hear that you are the fan of my blog :).

    Sorry for being missed out the step of adding in the pandan juice. What I did was to mix the pandan juice with the fresh milk and stir well, beat in at step 2.

    I pour the water into baking tray before pre-heated the oven.

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  43. May I ask if there are any suitable substitute for cake flour? :S

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  44. Eileen@hundred eighty degreesMay 20, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    I like the mixture of pandan and coconut milk. Will bake this soon...Thanks for sharing.

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  45. this looks great to me :) love it.

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  46. Woww..the cake looks really soft and yummy =)

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  47. Hi k3-toffee.apple, you may substitute 3/4 cup (105 grams) all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons (30 grams) cornstarch for 1 cup (130grams) of cake flour.
    Read more: http://www.joyofbaking.com/IngredientSubstitution.html#ixzz1NEGIO42a

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  48. Hi Jess
    thanks very much for your sharing. I'm starting out baking and would love to try out your recipe. Do I need to add in water to blend the pandan leaves?

    thanks
    caty

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  49. Hi Caty, I added in a little bit of water to blend with the pandan leave.

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  50. Dear Jess,
    Thanks! and thanks very much for all your sharing. You have certainly help novices like myself. Love your blog and your postings!

    take care,
    Caty

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  51. Hi, your instruction say bake at 170C for 8 mins using water bath, then reduce to 150C and continue to bake for another 20 mins.

    Can I clarify, whether we bake in water bath for the entire 28 mins? Or bake in water bath for the first 8 mins and remove the water bath and bake for another 20 mins?

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  52. Hi Anonymous, use wate bath thoughout the baking.

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  53. Hi, can this recipe be doubled. Thanks.

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    1. I think no issue to double, just double all ingredients will do.

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