Posted by: Catherine | February 23, 2009

Chinese Steamed Sponge Cake (RR*)

* Reader Recipe

steamed-egg-cake31Karen, who made  Valentine’s Day Cupcakes with Emma, sent this recipe for an “easy, plain, fun-to-make cake” to go with the Tea-Flowers Tea:

“I love Chinese cooking, and have this great recipe for a sponge cake that’ll go perfectly with the beautiful blossoming teas you posted a couple of weeks ago. I like it best with sesame seeds sprinkled all over the top, but if you don’t, don’t fret…it’s still good plain. I don’t recommend making this in your cusinart–it’ll come out fluffier and lighter if you just use an electric beater. How cool, to make a cake in a steamer!”



3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup cake flour
3 T of cold water
1 t. vanilla or almond extract (I prefer almond )
sesame seeds

Combine sugar, eggs and water in a large bowl, and beat until fluffy & foamy. At a very low speed, add flour to mixture. Add vanilla (or almond) extract.

Line an 8- or 9-inch cake pan with waxed paper. Pour mixture in. Set up steam rack in wok, or improvise one in a large frying pan (if you use a frying pan, make sure it has a deep cover). I use a wok and a round bamboo steamer lined with wax, or parchment, paper. Steam for approximately 20 minutes on medium heat.

You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top of the cooked cake. I toasted the sesame seeds first in a dry non-stick pan.

Serve warm or cold. Better warm.

Other Recipes from Karen:

cupcake_210Valentine’s Day Cupcakes 



buns1Upside-Down Sausage-Apple Muffins



  1. I’m always looking for new ways to use my steamers – they don’t get out enough! This looks delicious. It would be interesting to try swapping orange blossom water for the vanilla extract for a different twist.

  2. This steamed cake is so creative. I’ve never seen anything like this, but would love to give it a try. I love making Asian food, and this would be a perfect ending. Thanks for sharing!

  3. what does T or T. means? Isit table spoon or teaspoon?

  4. T. = Tablespoon. t. = teaspoon
    I will try less extract .. 1/2 teaspoon .. And different extract .. Lemon or orange

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