Friday, February 2, 2007

My Mother In-law's Steamed Chocolate Cake

Lately, baking (or should I say steaming to be precise? ) Chocolate Cake seems to be my weekend routine. My two daughters keeps asking for more chocolate cakes since they love it so much! Actually this recipe belongs to my mother in-law. She has a cake shop back in Port Klang and this Chocolate Cake is the most sold- out cake. To those Chocolate Cake lovers out there this is a recipe that you should try. It's easy, simple and need no electric mixer or an oven so give it a try! To Mak, thanks a lot for the recipe!

My Mother in-law's Steamed Chocolate Cake


1 3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup cocoa powder

1 cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp soda bicarbonate

1 cup cooking oil (vegetable oil)

1/2 can of evaporated milk or you can substitute with a cup of fresh milk

3 eggs (beaten)

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 cup of boiling water

Method :

- sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda bicarbonate in a big bowl then add in the sugar and mix well with a wooden spatula.

- pour in the oil, followed by milk, make sure that everything is well mixed and then put in the beaten egg. Keep mixing.

- add in the vanilla essence and finally the boiling water and stir everything together.

- pour the mixture into a greased baking tray and steam on a medium heat for 45 minutes.

notes: if you don't have a steaming pot you can either bake or steam bake the cake as well .

For the Topping :

150g cooking chocolate
50g butter
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup of fresh milk

- melt the cooking chocolateand the butter in a double boiler

- in another bowl mix together the cocoa powder, oil, sugar and fresh milk.

- when the cooking chocolate is fully melted add in the coco powder mixture and mix everything well.

- top the melted chocolate on the cake and decorate it as you like.


s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Quinn said...

1/2 cup evaporated milk = 1 cup full cream milk?
i wanna make it this week, looks yummy

Lilith said...

Thank you so much .. this recipe is lovely! I used to live in Puchong Road many years ago. I love your country and the food!

Laurie said...

Thank you very much for the lovely recipe, I made it this evening after spending uch time trying to decide if I should use my British cup measurers or my American ones. I didn't have a steamer or a big enough wok so I ended up using small pyrex bowels and a crock pot to steam the cake in, it made 2 small pudding shape cakes and cooked in about 1 hr and 45 mins. the taste is amazing and beautifully moist.

Thanks again for your post!

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Laurie said...

I just made the frosting to go with the steamed cake I made yesterday. I used dark cooking chocolate thinking that it would make the cake taste more decadent. At first the icing tasted odd and not so good, but I went ahead and poured it over my pudding shaped cakes anyway. When it cooled we tried it again...with a bit of cake. I'm not sure if it was the fact it had cooled or if you just had to get used to the flavour but it was really nice. So if you make it and think ugh! at first...give it a second chance once it has cooled. Then again it might have been my choice of cooking chocolate that caused the initial reaction.


Janna Wan Muhammad said...

Laurie..thank you so much for trying this recipe...and I'm glad that you loved it !

c'ta said...

Hi there :) I've tried your recipe but it didn't turned out like your cake did! still trying to figure it out what actually went wrong..btw i steamed I'm tryin it again for the 2nd time by baking it in the oven. hope it comes out well...*finger crossed*


Mochachocolata Rita said...

Hi, I made this recipe (adding chocolate chips and used 1 cup of evaporated milk). LOVE IT! Will try making the topping too next time ;)

Thanks for sharing!

woo , oink , mousy n cowboy said...

Hi..tks for sharing recipe..i tried it 2x..somehow when i steamed it, both times rised up a that normal? I cut off excess before decorated them.
Loved the recipe as the texture was so moist & not sweet..even my mil & hubby loved it!!

Chandran said...

This recipe is brilliant. I made for my hubby's birthday,and the cake was the best ever is soooo moist and amboi sedapnya....
Terima kasih for the recipe and thank you to yr mother in law for her brilliant recipe...

lihuan said...

hi... can know how long do I have to mix the mixture? till its thick?


Janna Wan Muhammad said...

thank you so much to all of you that had tried this recipe ,c'ta,mochachocolata rita, woo,oink,mousy and cowboy, chandran and lihuan. yup this cake will rise quite a lot and sumtimes it cracks in the middle, but you can provide this by reducing the amount of soda bicarbonate and make sure you steamed the cake at medium low heat.

Lihuan, just make sure that everything is well mixed, that's all. but once you have put the hot boiling water, just mix until everything is combined.

Sorry for the late response....since this entry was posted years ago. :)

storm said...

can i omit the soda bicarbonate?
i don want the cake to rise...

share said...

jana i added more water or what? the cake wasnt like cake like din really rise also i added my own cream of tar tar corn flour and soda as baking powder then erm mayb a bit more water?? haha din rise or much i tink!

Pea Eater said...

Hi Janna, thanks for the recipe, I'd like to try it today. Can you please tell me what size the baking pan/cake pan should be? Thanks.