I like simple cakes. Satisfaction level from eating simple cakes (cakes made by one bowl, one spoon method) for me is about 80%. Satisfaction level from eating elaborate cakes (involves electric mixer) is about 90-100%. Given that the difference is quite little, all things considered, I think I’d prefer to choose to make simple cakes. Ha ha.
Steaming cake is another way of “baking” for those who do not own an oven. Think of it this way: instead of using dry heat, you’d be using moist heat.
One doesn’t need a special electric steamer to steam food. You just need a big pot. Fill it to about an inch or two of water. Put in a steamer stand or if you don’t have one, make do with a bowl and then a plate on top of the bowl. That’ll work too. Steamed food is healthier too as baking is one of the cooking method suspected to cause cancer.
This steamed coconut muffin is local fare. We call it huat (read as ‘what’) kueh. It’s basically a steamed muffin with a characteristic split at the top. There are various varieties and this is just a rich coconut version I came up with over the years.
Steamed Coconut Muffin (makes about 4-5 muffins)
130 g self-raising flour
130 ml coconut milk
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp pandan essence/vanilla/coffee
A few drops of coloring
Mix everything together until well blended. Then scoop batter into muffin cases. Fill it up almost to the brim. Then steam in rapidly boiling water for about 10 min.
It’s a really simple steamed muffin, easily put together with minimal fuss. If you are craving for cake pronto, this is the one for you. One bowl, one spoon and ready in about 15 min from start to finish. Satisfaction level, 80%.