There are quite a no. of us are excited today, we are having our 1st PLP (portluck party) in our office. I initiated this event and got one of my department gal to organise it, invitation opened to our division and glad that most of them are participating, except those who are on leave or out-station. I saw a lot of food on the table when I reached office this morning, can't wait for the lunch time heeheehee... Hope able to share the photos with you soon :P.
This cake is not for the PLP, I didnt bake for this event, I cooked fried mee hoon instead. This cake was done many months ago, the 1st steamed cake that I had made, before steamed moist chocolate cake.
As I have mentioned before, I love rainbow cake. I just can't take my eyes of on colorful bakes, it just will brighten me up. Occasionally, I will google to search for rainbow cake and this steamed rainbow cake was found during one of the net surfing. It was kept in my recipe collection for longest time and was been noticed again recently when I was hunting for some inspiration.
I am submitting this post to Aspiring Bakers #25: Steaming Hot Cakes (Nov 2012), hosted by Miss B of Everybody Eats Well in Flanders.
Recipe from Aunty Yochana.
250g superfine sugar
2 tsp. vanilla essence or 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean
280 gm. cake flour - sifted
1/4 tsp. salt
200 ml. coconut milk
3 drops of green colouring
3 drops of red colouring
3 drops of yellow colouring
1. Prepare steamer and a 8" round tin.
2. Whisk eggs with sugar and vanilla until mixture is thick and pale in colour.
3. Using spatula, fold in flour, salt and coconut milk in small amounts till well mixed.
4. Divide mixture into 3 equal parts. Stir in red colouring into one part, green into one part and yellow colouring into the 3rd part.
5. Pour 1 ladle of green colouring mixture into tin and steam for 5 - 10 mins. Repeat with red mixture, followed by yellow mixture till mixture is used up.
6. Steam cake for another 15 - 20 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Remove cake to a wire rack and leave to cool before unmoulding it. Serve.
1. What I did was to divide each colour mixture into 2 equal part to make it 6 layers, each layer steam for 5 mins, except the last layer I steamed for 20 mins. The batter weighs about 1kg, you may divide the batter according to the number of colours/layers you want to achieve.
2. Bang the batter on tabletop before steaming to release any big bubbles.
3. The colour of the batter is what you get after steaming, so adjust the colouring according to your own liking.
I must have over steamed the cake, the cake was a bit dry and I can't really taste the coconut at all. However, the cake tasted so much better the next day.