Malaysia Style Steamed Cake with Salty Duck Egg Yolks

Couple months back, I discovered a Malaysian Steamed Cake recipe that called for Salty Duck Egg Yolks.  Being the biggest fan of this special egg yolk, I had to try this recipe out, and of course, I had to put MORE than the suggested amount of yolk (I quadrupled it to be exact…:P).

I didn’t make this recipe again until last week, and that’s when I realized that I’ve never shared this recipe with you guys, so here I am, introducing you to this yummy dim sum cake.  🙂

As you see in the pictures, I used a 7-Inch bamboo steamer to steam this cake. The bamboo gives the cake a unique taste and fragrance. If you don’t have a bamboo steamer, a 7-inch cake/springform pan would work too, just make sure you seal the bottom seams with foil so that steam/water doesn’t seep into the cake. 🙂


120g All Purpose Flour
3 Tbsp Custard Powder
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
3 Eggs
180g Sugar
4 Tbsp Butter
1 tsp Instant Dry Milk
2 Tbsp Whole Milk
4 Salty Duck Egg Yolks, cooked (I steam the yolks by themselves to cook them.)
40g Sugar
40g Butter


1. In a medium bowl, mix flour, custard powder, baking powder and baking soda together.
2. In the bowl of a hand/stand mixer, whisk eggs for 8 minutes, eggs should appear thick and almost foamy.
3. Add in powder mixture, mix until incorporated.  Let stand for 15 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, line steamer with parchment paper by folding it into a bowl-like shape.  DO NOT cut a circular sheet for the bottom and a strip to line the sides.  There should be no holes/seams for the water to seep into the cake.
5. Melt 4 Tbsp butter and dissolve dry milk in it.  Add butter with dry milk and milk into batter, and mix well.
6. In a 12-13 inch pot, high enough for the steamer plus 1 to 2 inches boiling water, place a steaming rack in the pot and add enough water to reach the top of the rack.  Turn heat to high and bring water to boil.
7. Create the yolk mixture: melt 40g butter, add 40g sugar and mash with egg yolks.
8. Pour 1/3 of the batter into the parchment lined steamer, pour 1/3 of the egg yolk mixture, and alternate until all batter/egg mixture are in the steamer, cover steamer with the lid.
9. Pot of water should be boiling by now.  Place steamer on top of the rack, cover, and steam for 25 minutes.
10. Serve hot.  This cake can be reheated when cool.

椰汁馬豆糕 (Coconut Split Pea Jello) vs. 花奶綠豆滑 (Milky Mung Bean Jello-y Pudding)

Elaine sent me a message yesterday asking me if I know how to make “horse bean jello.” I’ve never made it before, but I found her a recipe. It was a hot day yesterday, so I went ahead and made some (using another recipe). I didn’t have any coconut milk or any yellow split peas, so i replaced the coconut milk with additional evaporated milk, and the yellow split peas with shelled mung beans. I’m not sure if it’s because the the coconut milk replacement or the split peas replacement, but the “jello” didn’t set. It set a little bit, but it’s more like pudding. It’s not all pudding though, it’s somewhat dense and it requires some kind of chewing (not melt-in-your-mouth).
But it’s supposed to look like this…

100g Yellow Split Peas (replaced w/ 200g Mung Beans…I LOVE Mung Beans)
160g Evaporated Milk
280g Sugar
400g Coconut Milk (replaced w/ 400g of Evaporated Milk)
170g Corn Starch
5 Cups Water

1. Clean yellow split peas. Place clean split peas in small saucepan, cover with water. Boil until split peas are tender. Drain & set aside.
2. Combine corn starch, evaporated milk and coconut milk.
3. Bring the 5 cups of water to a boil, dissolve sugar in boiling water. Add corn starch mixture to sugar water, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil.
4. Add split peas, mix well.
5. Pour mixture into a lasagna pan and let cool. Once cooled, place in refrigerator to cool completely.

馬拉糕 (Malaysian Style Steamed Sponge Cake) – Trial Two

Steven has been asking me to make the 馬拉糕 for a while now. I felt that the one last time was a little bit dense, so I changed from All-Purpose Flour to Cake Flour (the original recipe just stated “Flour”), separated the egg whites from the egg yolks and whipped the whites first. It is MUCH fluffier!!! I like it much more this time!!

240g Cake Flour
60g Custard Powder
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
6 Egg Whites
6 Egg Yolks
360g Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
160g Butter, Melted

1. Sift together flour, custard powder, baking powder and baking soda, twice.
2. Whisk egg whites in large bowl until soft peaks are formed. Gradually add in brown sugar and whisk until stiff. Fold in Egg Yolks.
3. Add flour mixture 1/3 at a time, mix well after each addition. .
4. Fold butter and vanilla extract into batter, quickly. .
5. Grease and sugar-coat 9″ Springform Pan, and pour in batter.
6. Steam on high heat for 50 minutes, until cooked.

Steamed “Malaysia” Sponge Cake 馬拉糕

Went to Alley’s today to show them how to make the HK Style Egg Custard Tart. Alley’s mommy has lots and lots of cookbooks!!! I borrowed one with recipes for dim sum. I decided to make Steamed “Malaysia” Sponge Cake (馬拉糕) for uncle cuz he loves that stuff!!!

Steamed “Malaysia” Sponge Cake (馬拉糕)
240g flour
60g custard powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
6 eggs
360 brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
160g butter, melted

1. Sift flour, custard powder, baking powder, and baking soda together twice.
2. Whisk eggs. Sift brown sugar in gradually, whisk until creamy.
3. Fold in flour mixture, 1/3 at a time. Let sit for 30 minutes.
4. Mix in vanilla extract and melted butter. Let sit for 10 minutes.
5. Pour mixture in a greased and sugar coated 9 inch springform pan.
6. Steam on high heat for 50 minutes, until cooked.

Tip: Make sure there is plenty of water when steaming because water shouldn’t be added halfway. If the cover is taken off, the cake will not rise properly.