Friday 22 June 2018

Steamed Milo Sponge Cake 蒸美禄马来糕

We are a group of Singapore homecooks whom have volunteered to create some dishes to promote awareness for the School Goodie Bag Programme by showing what we can cook with the ingredients in the bag. Food from the Heart (FFTH) started School Goodie Bag Programme, a monthly food pack that helps to defray living expenses, with the belief that no child should ever have to go to school on an empty stomach.

I made use of the MILO powder and UHT packet milk that's included in the school goodie bag to create this simple steamed cake. It does not require the baker to use oven, mixer or any baking trays. I made the entire cake using only 2 bowls, a pair of chopsticks, a sieve and a pot for steaming over the stove top. Some simple indulgence for a simple family.

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Ingredients (enough for a 7-inch or 18 cm noodle bowl) :
  • 2 eggs (room temperature)
  • 70g sugar
  • 200 ml UHT packet milk (room temperature)
  • 50g vegetable oil
  • 60g MILO powder (approx. 6 tbsp) 
  • 200 gm cake flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder (optional)
  • 1/8 tsp salt

(tsp = teaspoon; tbsp = tablespoon)    

Method :
  1. Use paper towel or a brush to apply a thin layer of oil on a 7-inch or 18 cm noodle sized bowl. This way, the cake would not stick to the bowl when cooked. Set aside. 
  2. In a separate bowl, use a whisk or a pair of chopsticks to beat eggs and sugar till light and fluffy. 
  3. Add UHT milk, vegetable oil and mix till well blend.
  4. Sieve in Milo powder, cake flour, salt and baking powder.
  5. Use a whisk or a pair of chopsticks to stir and beat till mixture is even and has no more clumps.
  6. Sieve mixture into bowl that was oiled earlier. Set aside to rest for 20 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, add enough water to a pot for steaming purpose. Bring to boil. 
  8. When 20 minutes' up, put the entire bowl of batter into boiling pot (with the bowl). 
  9. Cover lid and allow to steam for 45 minutes at medium heat (or high heat for 30 minutes). Top up water for steaming as and when necessary. 
  10. When 45 minutes' up, insert a bamboo skewer into centre of cake of cake. Cake is fully cooked if skewer comes out clean. 
  11. Turn off heat and remove bowl from pot. The cake should drop smoothly and easily onto a plate when overturned. 
  12. Cut and serve whilst hot. 

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