Steamed Prosperity Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Chinese
Fa Gao, also known as Prosperity Cake, Lucky Cake or Fortune Cake, is made and eaten during Chinese New Year to bring prosperity in the new year. Traditional Prosperity Cakes call for yeast and a lot of prep work, but this version uses baking powder as a leavening agent and are easier to prep.


  • 180 g sugar
  • 180 ml water
  • 200 g cake flour
  • 50 g rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 drops red food coloring


  1. In a small pot, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved. Take the pot off the heat and cool the sugar syrup completely.
  2. Sift the cake flour, rice flour, and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the sugar syrup to the pot and whisk until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add the food coloring and stir until combined. The batter will be thick. Immediately transfer the batter to ramekins lined with paper liners, filling them until they are almost full. Steam the cakes, covered, over high heat for 20 minutes.


Recipe source: Kokken69

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