Gula Melaka Coconut Sponge cake

IMG_3177IMG_316912188922_10153393647370000_3456419727967094910_n Ingredients:
50g oil
50g Coconut paste (if you can’t find this paste, just use santan or coconut cream)
100g Cake Flour, sifted
6 egg yolks
1 tsp Vanilla extract
100g liquid gula melaka (just boil up 60-70g of gula with enough water to dilute and measure out 100g)
1/2 tsp salt

6 egg whites
60g castor sugar
1/2 tsp cream of tartar

Utensil: 7″ square pan, lined the bottom and sides.



1. Mix oil, gula melaka and coconut paste with a hand whisk.
2. Add yolks and salt and mix well. Sift in the flour and mix until well combined.
3. Beat egg whites until frothy before adding cream of tartar and continue to beat until foamy before gradually adding sugar. Beat to firm peaks.
4. Add the meringue in 2-3 portions and mix until well combined.
5. Pour into prepared tin and bake with waterbath at 155C for 80 minutes or until golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed.
6. Remove from oven and allow wait 5 minutes before unmoulding and allow to cool completely on a rack before slicing.

Note: My oven is 72L built in and has 5 racks. I baked this cake on the lowest rack counting from bottom.




  1. Hi Jeannie you are getting to be the expert in making sponge cake. Love all your sponges, they don’t crack and rise so tall and beautifully. Mine all cracked, so sad. However thanks for sharing all your perfect sponges.


    • jeannietay said

      Thanks Veronica, for visiting, you might want to bake your cakes with steam to prevent cracks? If still fail, the can consider using waterbath like me!:P


      • I am a bit ignorant here, could you please explain the difference between steam baked and water bath baked? Thanks so much.


      • jeannietay said

        Steam baked – baking pan is placed on a rack above the hot water pan and water bath is also known as bain marie, just like the way you bake cheese cakes, baking pan is submerged into the hot water.


  2. Molly Chan said

    Thanks Jeannie

    Sent from my iPad


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  3. Mina said

    Hi jeannie
    Looking at all your lovely sponge cake, how lovely it rises n stays. Unfortunately, mine rise n winked during cool off time. What can I do about it? Pls help cos I get alittle disappointed with it.
    nB: your recipes n photos 👍👍👍👍👍👏👏❤️ It so much.


    • jeannietay said

      Hi Mina, You should bake it on low heat so it won’t crack. Unfortunately, you need to bake it longer to cook it. Underbaked cake will shrink once the oven is switched off.


  4. Julia Chiew said

    Good morning, please may i know where to buy the Gula Melaka sponge cake?


    • jeannietay said

      You want to buy the cake or the gula melaka?


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