Saturday, December 24, 2011


First of all I wish all my friends from blog land and the real world and my dear blog visitors who celebrate Christmas a Merry Christmas

This cake was made for N's birthday today and as always most times I end up making a chocolate cake. This is a steamed chocolate cake that I got from San's Blessed Moments.

Chocolate has always been a favourite in this house with everyone and also because ~ 

" Every time I hear that dirty word exercise I wash my mouth out with chocolate." Unknown

This was a moist and chocolatey cake with the perfect amount of sweetness ...meaning not too sweet at all. I covered it with fresh whipped cream because ...

I had taken out the butter from the fridge, looked at it then put it back in.

Since we had only cut the cake this evening I could not take a photo of a sliced piece. I hope to take a picture tomorrow. Do take note of the word "hope" though. 

The recipe...

200 gm sugar
200 ml evaporated milk
180 gm butter
2 eggs
100 gm plain flour
50 gm cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

Butter and line an 8 inch pan with greaseproof paper. Prepare the steamer and let the steamer heat and come to a boil while you make the cake. 

In a medium pot simmer over low heat the sugar, milk and butter until the butter has melted. Let cool until almost cool then beat in the eggs. I used a whisk. 

Sift the flour , cocoa, baking powder and baking soda into a bowl. Pour the butter/milk/egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. I used the whisk again to do this. I find that a whisk mixes the dry and wet ingredients faster and better than a wooden spoon would.

Pour mixture into the cake pan and when the steamer water is on a rolling boil place the cake pan into the steamer. Steam for about 45 mins . I divided the mixture into two 8 inch pans and steamed each for 30 minutes.

the cake is done when it feels firm when gently pressed in the centre. Let cool before turning out.

It is quite difficult to over bake a cake that is being steamed. Steamed cakes are moist and does not dry out while being steamed. 

I had used a bamboo steamer and the one challenge I often encounter with a bamboo steamer (placed over a wok) is to have the cake pan level and not dipping more to one side. But often the cake comes out thinner on one side and thicker on the other because of the imbalance. I would have used a pan rather than a wok if I had one large enough to accommodate the bamboo steamer. 


mary-anne said...

I love chocolate cakes with fresh whipped cream. I also hope that you'll post a photo of the sliced cake, Zurin!

pam said...

What a beautiful cake!!

Passionate About Baking said...

Totally agree, Zurin! Chocolate is like a "comfort" ingredient. Can't go wrong, never go wrong (except with the recipe)! Hahaha... I would like a slice anytime!
Wish you and your family, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sarah-Jane - said...

I just bought a steamer funnily enough yesterday. Unfortunately, I don't think it's big enough to get a cake tin in.

looks lovely and I bet it didn't last long at all !

Unknown said...

Oo Wow! That is one impressive looking Cake!

Through My Kitchen Window said...

I'm really interested in cakes with a difference, and this certainly sounds different. "Chocolate and moist" are the biggest selling words here Zurin. Well done dear. The son of friend married about a year ago. Their wedding cake was chocolate mud and it was terribly dry. It was awful in fact. Couldn't believe it. How can you make a mud cake dry? Anyhow, bottom line, if you can achieve moisture in an ordinary chocolate cake, then I'm sold. I hope you had a lovely Christmas day and all the best for a Happy New Year. Love from Mariana xxx

Unknown said...

Interesting recipe. U decorate with the whipped cream so nicely done!

Merry X'mas and a happy new year.

Unknown said...

The cake looks great.

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...

Here's wishing you a very very happy new year, Zurin! Still looking forward to meet you one day, hopefully in 2012! :)

MaryMoh said...

Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year! your chocolate cake...steamed! I love steamed cake as it's very moist. I would love to try. Thanks very much for sharing. MaryMoh at

Linda said...

This looks amazing Zurin...I thought I had already left a comment....sorry.wishing you a belated happy new year!
Linda xo

Unknown said...

wooooooooooow che delizia! complimenti, un bacio :)
ps: ho realizzato un nuovo concorso "Fashion Food": in premio 100 euro di shopping! Ti aspetto :)

Anonymous said...

I wanna have a piece of that <3

Rathai's recipe said...

Hi there,

This cake (like all your bakes) looks to die for. I fell in love with your blog ever since I found it through Foodgawker. Hope to see a post from you soon. :)

Unknown said...

I love what you did with the chocolate toppings. Shaving such delight to the pale frosting is such a treat.

Haley McAdams
ISOcampus FSMS Training


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