For a while now I've been wanting to try making a steamed cake.  There are many chinese steamed cake desserts, and I really like most of them.  I'm not sure where to find the paper to steam cakes in though.  I know what it looks like, but I just can't seem to find it anywhere. 

I found a recipe for matcha steamed cake from My Kitchen. Since I couldn't find the proper paper, I used coffee filters.  I think the cakes came out relatively well for my first attempt.  I steamed them in a rice cooker.  The color was slightly darker green than I wanted.  Perhaps I'll add less matcha powder next time.  The cakes tasted pretty good though.  Soft, sticky, and slightly sweet.

I'm going to try to make them again when I have the right paper. Also, I will try to be more exact with my measurements next time.  I had to do a lot of conversion to US measuring cups.  But I recently bought a small scale, so now I can be more exact in my measurements and not have to do conversions.

Recipe from My Kitchen

Ingredients (makes 4):
125g cake flour
90g castor sugar
1 tbsp matcha (next time i'll probably do 1/2 tbsp since my cakes come out a dark greenish brown)
125ml water
1 tsp baking powder
15ml cold water

Directions:

  1. Preheat steamer.
  2. Sift together flour and matcha, then mix well with sugar in a mixing bowl.
  3. Gradually add in 125 ml water and whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Once the steamer is preheated, dissolve baking powder with 15ml water in a small cup.
  5. Stir baking powder solution into batter and mix well.
  6. Transfer batter into small bowls or moulds lined with paper cases.
  7. Steam on high for 20 minutes. Do not open the steamer during steaming process, to prevent water mark on the surfaces.

   

3 Responses to “Matcha Steamed Cake”

  1. tobi — July 22, 2010 at 9:17 am

    oh my they look so cute in the coffee filter!!! That is awesome improvisation XD Did it taste sweet? :D

  2. Kirbie — July 22, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Yes, they tasted sweet. The green tea flavor was pretty strong too, so if you don’t like that you might want to reduce the amount of matcha powder. If you don’t have coffee filters, you can also use parchment paper and poke some holes.

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