Monday, November 12, 2012

Steamed Rainbow Cake

There are quite a no. of us are excited today, we are having our 1st PLP (portluck party) in our office. I initiated this event and got one of my department gal to organise it, invitation opened to our division and glad that most of them are participating, except those who are on leave or out-station. I saw a lot of food on the table when I reached office this morning, can't wait for the lunch time heeheehee... Hope able to share the photos with you soon :P.

This cake is not for the PLP, I didnt bake for this event, I cooked fried mee hoon instead. This cake was done many months ago, the 1st steamed cake that I had made, before steamed moist chocolate cake.

As I have mentioned before, I love rainbow cake. I just can't take my eyes of on colorful bakes, it just will brighten me up. Occasionally, I will google to search for rainbow cake and this steamed rainbow cake was found during one of the net surfing. It was kept in my recipe collection for longest time and was been noticed again recently when I was hunting for some inspiration.

I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #25: Steaming Hot Cakes (Nov 2012), hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders.
Recipe from Aunty Yochana.

6 eggs
250g superfine sugar
2 tsp. vanilla essence or 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean
280 gm. cake flour - sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
200 ml. coconut milk
3 drops of green colouring
3 drops of red colouring
3 drops of yellow colouring

Method :
1.          Prepare steamer and a 8" round tin.
2.          Whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until mixture is thick and pale in colour.
3.          Using spatula, fold in flour, salt and coconut milk in small amounts till well mixed.
4.          Divide mixture into 3 equal parts. Stir in red colouring into one part, green into one part and yellow colouring into the 3rd part.
5.          Pour 1 ladle of green colouring mixture into tin and steam for 5 - 10 mins. Repeat with red mixture, followed by yellow mixture till mixture is used up.
6.          Steam cake for another 15 - 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Remove cake to a wire rack and leave to cool before unmoulding it. Serve. 
1.          What I did was to divide each colour mixture into 2 equal part to make it 6 layers, each layer steam for 5 mins, except the last layer I steamed for 20 mins. The batter weighs about 1kg, you may divide the batter according to the number of colours/layers you want to achieve.
2.          Bang the batter on tabletop before steaming to release any big bubbles.
3.          The colour of the batter is what you get after steaming, so adjust the colouring according to your own liking.  

I must have over steamed the cake, the cake was a bit dry and I can't really taste the coconut at all. However, the cake tasted so much better the next day.


  1. Hi Jess, it looks very pretty and moist... Love the colours.

  2. What a pretty cake! Love the colors.

  3. Jess, I love your rainbow cake. So pretty... can I order from you??

  4. Hi Jess,
    Thank you for your participation. Very colourful rainbow cake that you baked. I remember seeing this on Yochana's blog too, but was put off by the steaming time, cos I dun have that much patience to steam layer by layer and I thought the sugar level was a bit high. But your cake is absolutely lovely. :)

  5. 啊!!颜色太美丽了

  6. Love your rainbow cake! I always see baked rainbow cakes. First time I see steamed version!

  7. Hi Jess,
    Like this pretty rainbow cake of yours. It really does have the cheer me up feeling when looking at this beautiful colours.:)
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. I like the texture of steam cakes and yours looks so spongy soft. Great job.

  9. Oh these are brilliant

    and delicious and I think

    the other half should be sent to me :)

    you can also pass to my blog :)

    oh yesss !! I love the quality of your pictures !

    good night :) kisses from Belguim..

  10. Very pretty colours and layers! Your hands must be very steady to create these distinct layers.

  11. Hi Jess, this is such a lovely steamed cake! nice colours too!

  12. Such a beautiful looking cake and very inspiring too. Wish I can have a slice for breakfast.
    Hope you're well dear.

  13. What a beautiful rainbow cake! Loved the spongy texture.

  14. Hi Jess, this is one of the most beautiful steamed cake that I've ever seen! Eye-catching! Very pretty!

  15. What a pretty rainbow steam cake. I would love a slice:D

  16. Oh my! These is so lovely & colorful! Awesome! :)

  17. jess, this is beautiful! It will brighten up my mood too if seeing this in front of me!

  18. Eileen, Hundref Eighty DegreesNovember 14, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Hi Jess, so lovely :)

  19. Ann, I dare not accept your order, you can do better than me hahaha...

  20. Miss B, I didnt read the steps too clearly, if not I dun think I will take on this task cos I also will back out if I know need to steam layer by later hahaha...

  21. Thanks Somewhere in Singapore.

    Thanks SSB.

  22. Mui Mui, rainbow cakes will cheer me up too :D.

    Thanks What's Baking.

  23. Thanks Aicha for visiting my blog!

    Thanks Zoe, my hand never be steady, think this cake is quite forgiving hahaha...

  24. Thanks Veronica.

    Thanks Jessie, so happy to hear that heeheehee...

  25. Thanks Kit.

    Thanks Lena, ya I guess rainbow or color things always cheer people up :).

  26. This looks so pretty and I love the pastel colours!! I don't think I've ever seen a steamed cake before but this looks great!! :-)

  27. Jess, I tried it, but mine does not seems spongy, dun know what's wrong.. seems like not 'raise' and slightly hard. Yours looks soft and yummy. :)

  28. This person has stolen your recipe

  29. Hi hi what type of steamer to use to bake rainbow cake?

  30. Hi what type of steamer is use for this recipe?

  31. Hi hi is the steamer referring to a normal wok for this recipe?

    1. yes, just use the normal steamer or wok like you steam food.


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