Traditional Steamed Egg Cake 传统蒸鸡蛋糕


Recently I attended a course and one of the lessons was actually steaming a huat kueh using Phoon Huat’s premix. As we all know premix is relatively brainless, just follow the instructions on the packaging and that’s it. And because premix already contain all the necessary to ensure the cake or whatever will be a success, so it’s an essentially a fool proof recipe. But quite surprisingly, several of the huat kuehs that were attempted did not even “open up” at all after steaming. It’s like getting a round and bald dome which we do not know whether to laugh or cry after looking at it !


So whilst I was steaming this Traditional Egg Cake, I was telling the mom at the same time that I wondered if mine egg cake will end up having a bald dome again ! LOL. She chided me and said it’s very jinx to talk about such cakes being not “opening up” during the steaming process. Hahaha.


But fortunately with a tweak of luck, my Traditional Steamed Egg Cake manage to live up to my expectations and opened up quite beautifully too !! So I have had to share some of these very precious traditional pointers that’s brought down from the old folks !


Grab some fresh large eggs from PurelyFresh online to prepare this traditional family favourite today ! And with the extra tips, you are bound to have a successful egg cake too !! But remember to keep away from all the jinx words during steaming !! Haha !!


Enjoy !!


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Traditional Steamed Egg Cake 传统蒸鸡蛋糕
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Recipe type: Chinese
Cuisine: Snacks
Serves: 4
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 150g castor sugar, with some extra for lining the surface
  • 180g self raising flour, sifted
  • 50ml ice-cream soda / Sprite / F&N Orange
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2 4-inch bamboo baskets
  1. Beat the eggs and 150g castor sugar in a mixing bowl on medium speed until the batter is thick and creamy.
  2. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the flour in 3 additions, allowing the mixer to mix briefly for around 8 to 10 secs after each addition.
  3. Scrap down the flour round the mixing bowl gently and add in the 50ml of soft drink and vanilla extract if using. Using a spatula, mix in the drink gently in a few quick strokes to incorporate.
  4. Prepare a piece of cling film by hanging it over each of the bamboo baskets.
  5. Pour in the batter from Step 3. Using some extra sugar, sprinkle them in a "+" pattern on the surface of the batter.
  6. Steam the cake on medium high heat for approximately 20 minutes.
  7. Place some damp cloth over the cover of the steaming wok (to cover whatever holes that's on the steaming cover) to prevent any steam from escaping.
  8. When a skewer inserted comes out clean, the cake is cooked and the flame can be turned off. Serve hot.
Tip 1 : Cling film are generally heat resistant and they do not stick to the cake, so they can be used to hang over the bamboo baskets.
Tip 2 : The purpose of sprinkling extra sugar in a "+" pattern on the surface of the egg batter ensures that the cake will "open up" beautifully just like a "+" pattern during steaming.
Tip 3 : Covering the cover of the steaming wok ensures no steam is escaped during steaming and allows for the cake to "open up" nicely too.
Extra : Remember no jinx words whilst steaming !! ^-^



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    Hi! Love reading your blogs! May I know if i can get those bamboo baskets from Phoon Huat?

    • Eat What Tonight

      Hihi Naomi! Thank you for your compliments !! :D
      I don’t recall seeing these baskets from Phoon Huat though. But I gotten mine from one of the small provision shops at the wet market at Blk 85 Bedok North. And I have seen them around at Bake King at Haig Road too ! Hope this info helps and have a great day ahead !! :D

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    Hi, what is the size of the bamboo basket for 4 eggs? I have 9″ size. For 4 eggs is it enough? Thks for your advice.

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    I just tried making this earlier, however I swop the 50ml ice-cream soda / Sprite / F&N Orange to 1 Tsp of baking powder. It didn’t open up (I did the + sugar thingy) =( .

    By the way do I need to add 50ml of water in replacement of the soda drink?

    • Eat What Tonight

      Ohhh… hmm.. yes you would need to add the water to replace the soda drink. The “gas” in the drink will help it to raise the cake while the sugar method is to help it open in the right direction.

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    What can I use instead of bamboo baskets. Can I steam them in smaller containers ?Thanks

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    Can we bake instead of steam?

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    I use 1 tsp of baking powder and reduce flour to 120g and omit the gassy water
    And it did not rise….in your opinion what has gone wrong?

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    May I know the measurement for the flour and sugar in ml (millilitres or cup) as I only have a plastic measurement cup which print in that.

    I do not have electric mixer and will be using the whisk to manually whisk it. As long as it turned into foamy, that will do correct? And for the flour, just need to fold in till there is no lump of flour?

    Your cake looks very nice and I am very tempting to try it once I get the correct ml from
    you :)


    • Eat What Tonight

      Hi, I guess you would need to get a weighing scale for the measurement of flour and sugar. Ml measurements is mainly for liquids and will not be accurate for measuring of dry goods. And yes, you can manually whisk it and fold in gently till no lumps of flour.

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    Hi there, I make the cake and it rises beautifully, however when I open the lid it shrinks and sinks a bit and becomes dense, what am I doing wrong, I followed the recipe to the T

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    Hi, the sponge cake came out beautifully and smelled so good however, it was not as springy as i hoped it to be. Your recipe said steam 20mins. My bad perhaps as I lost track of time and ended steaming it for close to 35..40mins. Is it even possible to “over steam” a cake 🤔?

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    Karen Cowell

    How heavy is one large egg?

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    If I were to add durian puree to your recipe, what is the amount of durian (in grams) would u suggest?

    • Eat What Tonight

      Hihi, I think I won’t recommend adding durian puree to this dish as it is meant to be a light steamed egg cake which is eggy in taste. The durian flavor will be too overwhelmed in this and probably won’t turn out that ideal.

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    I don’t think it’s a good idea to steam cling film. It seems like the plastic will leach into the food even if it’s not visible.

    What alternatives do you suggest?

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    What is the recipes will be for 9 pax. Traditional steam egg cake.
    Thank you

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    Id like to try this recipe. Can I replace SF to cake flour instead? What will be the difference?
    Thank u.

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