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Lemon Steamed Sponge Cake - Lemon #1

Monday, September 24, 2012

I have this phobia about steamed cakes. I think I am not the only one.
I am ok with small steamed cakes, but my legs will be shivering at the thought of large ones.

The fear of collapsing is not unreal, it is very deep in me. I don't fear failure, I fear wastage.
I fear of having to eat the failure and forcing myself to do it rather than discarding.

Then one night, one fellow blogger buddy Yvonne of Ice Americanos showed me her cake on Facebook, and I liked how it looked. She recommended  I try it and she quickly sent me the recipe :)

I was hesitant at first because I am not a big fan of Jidangao, but she was very patient and tried to encourage me. LOL. I'm glad I did try it and the cake stood tall and fluffy. Thanks dear buddy!
She used a basket, but I used a pan. So, it's up to you on which to use.

But it's not too well recieved. My MIL found the lemon taste weird, so did my hubby. But I love it, it's a fresh new change. So, for purists,  I think it might dissapoint you, but people who are willing to accept changes, this will be nice new change. No eggy smell!

Lemon Steamed Sponge Cake
Recipe source: Menglaoshi 孟老师的100道小蛋糕
via Yvonne

250gm eggs.
190gm sugar
180gm cake flour + 3/4 tsp Baking powder
3 tbsp oil + 3 tbsp lemon juice + 1tsp lemon zest

1. Sift flour+baking powder. Set aside.
2. Beat eggs and sugar until ribbon stage, thick and fluffy.
3. Mix oil+Lemon juice+zest, and together with the sifted flour, pour into the egg batter. Fold with hand whisk,then only fold with spatula along the sides..
4. Line a 8 inch round pan with one big piece of paper.
5. Pour the batter in and rest batter for 10 min before steaming.
6. Steam on high heat for 20-25 minutes.
7. Lift the cake from pan and cool it on the wire rack. Remove paper when it's totally cooled and slice cake to serve.

28 lovely notes:

Carole September 24, 2012 at 11:10 AM  

I didn't know anything about steamed cakes! Would you like to link this in to Food on Friday: Lemons and limes on Carole's Chatter? Cheers

Pei San September 24, 2012 at 11:19 AM  

wahahaha i no need to wait long for this recipe!!Yeah Yeah....but i cannot understand this "Fold with hand whisk,then only fold with spatula along the sides."

Too Mai Lin,  September 24, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

WOW ! Going to love making this !

Mandy Kueh September 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM  


Kimmy September 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM  

Hi Wendy, I'm one of those who feels the same about making a big steamed cake. I fear not the failure but the wastage too. Must try this to overcome the phobia..

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM  

Sure, I'll get it done when this week is through :) There'll be 3 posts from me.

Pei San,
U do the initial folding with balloon whisk then scrape the sides with spatula.

Too Mai Lin,
Go go, domestic goddess!

Mandy Kueh,
I don't have this book :)

I did try another recipe after this, also fail, and I tried 3 times same recipe cos I die die dun want to believe, eat until scared!

Phong Hong September 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM  

Oh, I am not alone then! Also scared to make steamed cakes. You are right, if tak jadi very sakit hati to waste ingredients.

Jeannie Tay September 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM  

Yaya...I too have tried steaming this cake so many times using different recipes, some using eno, 7-up too...but without much success...all said not nice! give up! Now this one looks so fine and delicious, maybe try for last time:D

atlantisian September 24, 2012 at 3:34 PM  

Steam cake... hmmmm,I'm still thinking whether I should try this or not. ;)

Veronica @ Minty’sKitchen September 24, 2012 at 3:41 PM  

Wendy, your sponge cake looks fabulous. Such fine texture. Is that wax paper you used to line the pan?

Choi Yen September 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM  

Oh, I can feel the fluffiness!

Mel September 24, 2012 at 4:24 PM  

Looks so soft and cottony like. Some would like a change of taste but some prefer the old "Kai Tan Koh" and I am scare to taste of eggy taste and smell.

Elin September 24, 2012 at 4:45 PM  

I don't mind the lemon taste actually...I would love to try this out :) Yours looks fluffy and light. Me too , scared that steamed cake may not stand tall and compact. Thanks for sharing the recipe ! I will give it a try one day :)

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 24, 2012 at 4:48 PM  

Phong Hong,
Sama sama ;)

Usually recipes with ovalette works better.

Never know if u never tried :)

It's non stick baking paper, that's how it's written on the packing, the picture is in "My kitchen"

Choi Yen,

My MIL loves the eggy smell lor... hahaha! She says, baru macam makan kaidangou

Vivian Pang September 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM  

Your jidangao really fluffy! I have the recipe book. Should give it a try. Agree with you, sometimes feel 'xien' to finish those not well done product :P

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears September 25, 2012 at 3:09 AM  

I have tried jidangao so many times but til now never once succeeded. I really don't know what went wrong. Could it be the oil? I've never put any oil before. Oh and do you think if I omit the lemon and the zest, it still can come out ok?

Jihyeon September 25, 2012 at 7:21 AM  

I like steamed cake very much, how many tablespoon I have to put if I want to add Pandan Emulco?

lena September 25, 2012 at 9:09 AM  

yeah, so afraid of wastage and so guilty..my dogs will get to eat them :) i think some people dont like the lemon taste in steamed cakes maybe it tastes a lil sour, like taste gone bad maybe..

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more September 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM  

it's torturing, haha

this is a modernized version. I think it has to do with the beating of the eggs, the lemon is for flavour only

Hmm... I think 1-2 tsp, and then you can replace the oil+lemon juice with coconut milk, that means use 6 tbsp (90ml) coconut milk

she say not ori woh, must smell like egg only nice :(
It's not sour leh... but it's nice to tone down the sweetness with the lemon

shenny September 25, 2012 at 9:17 PM  

I bought 孟老师recipe book, did not realize has such good recipe! I never tried her recipe...can you imagine how many cook book I have?

Siewping September 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM  

Hi..i recently had a steamed chocolate cake which was really nice. Moist and really rich....cant get the recipe though...

grace low April 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM  

Hi... I tried many times steam sponge cake. Ended up is dry & not so soft. Can I just use normal baking tin? The egg qty is it calculate v the egg shell or just the egg?

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more April 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM  

Grace Low,
Usually such quantity for eggs are without shells, but you can safely use 5 Grade C eggs. That's what I did.
I used a baking pan, stated in 4th paragraph and shown in the steaming picture :)

Anonymous,  June 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM  

hey there... i was wondering if i could try this in cupcake cases too?

Anonymous,  June 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM  

i m sossry i m 'anonymous' but i ve never done this again '^_^.. I m Maria

WendyinKK @ Table for 2..... or more June 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM  

It's ok. You can steam those in cupcake cases for 15-20 minutes, depending on size.

J Razak June 29, 2016 at 10:34 PM  

Any reason why rest the batter for 10mins before steaming?? Thanks.

WendyinKK July 1, 2016 at 11:28 AM  

J Razak,
Probably to let the big air bubbles come to the surface and burst. Resting it could also allow the batter to develop some gluten and the cake will be more stable when cooked. Just a guess.

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