Steamed vanilla cake

6 servings
20 min
25 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 6

1 cups white sugar

3 tablespoons orange juice

1 1/2 cups cake flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoons almond extract

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting


  • Keep a vegetable steamer or Bamboo steamer over simmering water. Make sure it is large enough to hold the baking pan. But the recipe calls for a 9 inch square pan. Line it with wax paper.
  • Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks along with the juice and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until the mixture has increased about three times in volume.
  • Sift together the flour and the baking powder. Sift it again over the egg mixture, and fold in gently. Blend in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Whip the egg whites in a clean bowl to stiff, not dry, peaks. Fold into yolk mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth out the edges. Tap the pan gently on the counter to get rid of large air bubbles.
  • Place the pan into the steamer. Cover the top of the steamer with a kitchen towel/parchment paper and place the lid on top; the towel will absorb any steam that collects on top from dripping onto the cake.
  • Steam for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with confectioner's sugar.


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