Pandan Sponge Cake


Pandan Sponge Cake


3 eggs yolks
30g oil
20g coconut milk
35g concentrated pandan juice (blend pandan leaves with some water and let it sit for an hour or two and pour away the clear part on the top. Use the residue dark liquid)
1/8 tsp salt
60g cake flour

3 egg whites
40-50g caster sugar (depends how sweet you want it)
1/8 tsp cream of tartar or a tsp of lemon juice


invert on to a non stick surface to prevent the crust sticking


Preheat oven to 170C. I am using a removal bottom pan here so I did not grease or line the pan.

1. In a mixing bowl whisk together first 5 ingredients until well combined. Add in the flour and mix until smooth. Set aside.

2. In a separate clean and dry bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy before adding the cream of tartar (or lemon juice) and continue to whisk while gradually adding the sugar, until firm peaks.

3. Add the meringue into the yolk batter in 3 portions using the handwhisk to fold it in. After the final portion is added in, switch to a spatula to fold from bottom to the top until no streaks of yolk batter can be seen.

4. Pour into pan and shake gently to even out the top. Place this into a water proofed pan and place these into another larger pan. Pour hot water into the largest pan to about 1/2 cm height and bake with upper heat at 170C for 40 mins. Switch to top and bottom heat, reduce temperature to 150C and continue to bake another 40-50 minutes or until cooked through. Remove the water pan for the last 10 minutes of baking to dry the sides of the cake.

5. Once cooked, immediately remove the cake from oven and invert it to cool completely before unmoulding.



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Christmas Fruit Cake by Mrs Rose Eng


Recipe adapted from here

For the cake in the photo,  I followed the ingredients in blue and baked in a 7″ square pan

INGREDIENTS for 4 x 6″ round or 1 x 6″ round (ingredients in red) or 1 x 8″ round or 7″ square pan (in blue)

1.3kg dried fruit mix (325g) (650g)
250ml rum, plus more for drizzling (63ml) (125ml-I use more to cover the fruits)
6 Tbs white sugar (1.5 Tbs) (3 T)
12 Tbs evaporated milk (3 Tbs) (6T – I used UHT milk)
560g plain flour (140g(280g) 
2 tsp baking powder (1/2 tsp(1 tsp)
3 tsp mixed spice (rempah kueh) (3/4 tsp(1.5 tsp – 1 used 1 tsp cinnamon powder)
1/2 tsp salt (1/8 tsp)  (1/4 tsp)
300g walnuts, coarsely chopped (75g(150g – only threw in leftover pine nuts and walnut about 50g)
500g unsalted butter, softened at room temperature (125g(250g)
350g brown sugar (85g) (175g – I reduce it to 140g)
8 large eggs (2 eggs(4 eggs)
1 Tbs vanilla extract (1 tsp ) (2 tsp)

For decorating:

125g green glazed cherries, halved (30g) – I use as needed
125g red glazed cherries, halved (30g) – use as needed 
100g whole almonds (25g) – as needed

For glazing: 2 Tbs apricot jam (1/2 Tbs) – omitted



1. Combine the dried fruit and  rum in a bowl and set aside to soak for at least two days at room temperature. (I soaked it  for a couple of months until rum dries up (reason simply because I was procrastinating!) then top up with Limoncello to soak a few days. Drain out extra liquid before used. Left over liquid can be used to soak another batch or use it for other baking needs or add into other cakes for flavor)

2. Preheat oven to 150 deg C and line cake pan with parchment paper. Prepare another slightly bigger pan together with enough cardboards to insert around the cake pan.

3. In a small sauce pan, add white sugar and 4/(1)/(2) Tablespoons of water . Bring to a boil and once sugar has started to caramelize, remove from heat and let it cool for a minute before pouring in the evaporated milk (UHT full cream also works). Place the pan back on low heat and stir until small bubbles appear. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

4. Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice (rempah kueh) (I used only cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder) and salt into a large bowl. Set aside.

5. Add the nuts to  the soaked fruits together with 9 Tbs/ (3T)/(5T) of the flour mixture and give it a good stir until evenly distributed. Set aside.

6. In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Slowly drizzle in the caramel sauce and the vanilla extract.  Add in flour mixture in a few portions and mix on low speed until just combined. 

7. Remove the stand mixer bowl with the cake batter and add the fruits mixture. Use a sturdy spatula to fold in the fruits until evenly distributed.

8. Transfer the batter into the cake pan and level the top. Decorate as desired with cherries and almonds.  Line the bottom of the bigger pan with a layer of cardboard. Place the cake pan in and insert two layers of cardboards in between the pans. You can wrap the cardboards with wrapping paper if it bothers you.

9. Bake for 2.5 hours at 150C. (I baked on the 2nd lower rack for 2 hours, switched off the oven then tent the cake and left it in the oven until almost cooled because I had to go out) The cake is cooked when a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

10. Cool the cake slightly before unmoulding  (top facing down) onto a baking paper placed on a wire rack. Using a skewer, poke holes into the bottom (now facing up) of the cakes and drizzle 5 to 6 tsp of rum over each cake. Flip them over (now top side up) onto a serving place or cake board. (I omitted this part as I have soaked the fruits for a few months before use).

11. Mix the apricot jam with 1/2 Tbs of water in a bowl and microwave it for 30-40 seconds. Stir in 1 tea spoon of rum or Limoncello and use this to glaze the cake if you wish.

12. Chill in fridge over night before slicing and wrap it well to prevent the cake from drying up. I cling wrapped mine in individual slices and take out a piece to enjoy whenever I want. This way, your cake can last for months in the fridge!


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Chocolate vanilla chiffon

chocolate Vanilla Chiffon


1 egg
90g flour + 5g flour
5g cocoa powder
60g oil
80g milk
1 tsp Vanilla

240g egg whites
85g sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1. Warm 20g of milk and add the cocoa powder and mix till combined. Do the same with another 20g milk and the vanilla and 5g of flour; mix and set aside.
2. In a large bowl add the egg, oil and balance 40g milk. Whisk to mix before adding the 90g flour. Mix well then divide into two equal portions. Add the cocoa mixture into one portion and the flour/Vanilla mixture into another portion. Mix well and set aside.
3. In another clean mixing bowl whisk the egg whites with sugar and cream of tartar to firm peaks and divide equally into two portions.
4. Fold one portion into the cocoa batter until well combined. Do the same for the vanilla portion.
5. Drop dollops of batter alternatively into the tube pan.
6. Bake at 160C for 90 mins with a shallow water bath.
7. Invert to cool and unmould carefully as this is a very soft cake.

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Pumpkin Sweet bread


Pumpkin Sweet Bread (Roti sisir)

Roti Sisir (Sweet Bread loaf)

Recipe adapted from Fen.z from Instagram


250g bread flour

20g castor sugar

30g milk powder

4g instant yeast

100g pumpkin puree

1 egg

25 g whipping cream or milk (add more or less, depending on your pumpkin puree)

30g Unsalted butter, slightly softened

3g Salt

You need a 27cm x 7.5cm x 5cm pan (the ends are higher to prevent the bread from flowing over the rim)


1. Mixed all ingredients except butter in mixer bowl, until a smooth dough forms.

2. Add butter and continue to knead to window pane.

3. Remove from mixing bowl and give it a few kneads. Divide the dough into 40g each. You should get 15-16 pieces.

4. Roll out into a flat into an oval shape making the ends slightly thinner than the centre. Fold from the shorter sides into two and press lightly to seal. You have the option of brushing some softened butter on the bottom end before placing this (oval side at the bottom) into the greased pan. The buttered side facing out. Repeat and place into the pan one by one until complete. Try to do this as fast as you can to avoid the first few to proof faster than the last ones in.

5. Cover and allow to proof until dough is about 1cm from the rim. Brush the surface with some milk/egg mixture before baking in preheated oven at 190C for 20-25 minutes. Tent if necessary.

6.After baked, unmould immediately and allow to cool on the rack.

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Spiral Mooncakes


Spiral Mooncakes

Water dough
100g all purpose flour
7g icing sugar
35g shortening
45g cold water

– Sift flour and icing sugar.
– Rub in shortening.
– Slowly add cold water and combine to form a soft dough
– Cover and rest for 45mins

Oil dough
80g all purpose flour
40g shortening
A couple drops of purple coloring

– Combine all ingredients except the color together to form a soft dough. Divide into two and add the color one more than the other to create two shades.
– Cover and rest for 30mins

For filling:
300g Purple sweet potato, peeled, cut into chunks
40g caster sugar
1 tablespoon coconut powder (hydrated santan)
40g salted butter

50g (1 small) orange sweet potato, peel, cut into chunks
10g caster sugar
1 tsp coconut powder
5g salted butter.


1. Steam the yam chunks at high heat till soft. While still hot, add in sugar, coconut powder and butter and mash with a fork or potato masher. Set aside to cool.
2. Weigh out 25g each of the purple sweet potato and 5g each of the orange colored ones and shape it to ball. Make a hole in the centre of the Purple sweet potato ball and insert the orange one into the hole. Seal and round up. Keep in fridge until needed.

Assembling method:

1. Divide water dough weighing 30g each and oil dough 10g each into 6 portions accordingly and shape into balls.
2. Flatten water dough and wrap oil doughs side by side inside. Repeat till finished.
3. Roll out into long shape and roll up like swiss roll. Rest for 10mins.
4. Roll from the shorter side into long shape and roll up like swiss roll from shorter side. Rest for another 20mins.
5. Cut the dough into 2 portions and repeat the rest of the dough until get 12 portions together.
7. Flatten the dough start from the swirl side and roll out into a round shape.
8. Flip over and wrap in yam filling, egg yolks (optional) and seal it tightly, seal edge facing downwards.
9. Place on baking tray and bake in preheated oven 170C for 25-30 mins. I baked mine for 30 minutes.
10. Cool well before cutting.



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Beet Loaf Bread

Beet Loaf Bread


300g Bread Flour
20g sugar
4g yeast (1 tsp)
20g whipping cream
10g butter
5g salt
50g milk (reserve 10g)
Beet puree, prepare it as below:

Peel a small beet, cut it into cubes, place on a piece of foil, drizzle some oil and wrap up. Roast for 30 minutes or until soft. I used 80g of roasted beet. Blend with 60g of milk to make the puree.


Mix all ingredients except butter in the stand mixer bowl and mix until a smooth dough forms. Add the reserved 10g of milk if dough is too dry.

Add the butter and continue to knead to window pane. Rest for 5-10 minutes before shaping. Allow to proof until 1cm above the pan rim before baking in preheated oven at 190 for 30 minutes or until cooked. Tent the top once the desired color is achieved.

Unmould immediately and cool on rack.

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Basic Vanilla Swissroll

Basic Vanilla Swissroll
4 egg yolks
40g Oil
60g Milk + 1 tsp vanilla extract
20g Caster sugar
70g Cake Flour

4 egg whites
50g caster sugar
1/4 tsp cream of tartar


Mix egg yolks, oil, sugar and milk together and whisk until blended then sift in flour and mix well. Set aside.

Beat the egg whites till foamy then add cream of tartar, continue to beat while adding sugar gradually to firm peaks.

Fold the meringue into the yolk batter in 3 batches then pour into prepared pan (I used 9 x 11″ pan); smooth out the top by gently shaking the pan from side to side. Bake in preheated oven at 170C for 25 mins or until golden brown. Turn the pan half way through baking to get even browning.

Transfer the cake to cooling rack and invert on a plastic board lined with a clean piece of parchment paper. Peel off paper lining and gently roll the cake up together with the clean parchment paper. Leave it to cool before unrolling and apply filling, then re-roll back again.

Basic Swiss Meringue Buttercream


Swiss Meringue Buttercream :
3  Egg whites (Large eggs)
130g Castor Sugar
180g Unsalted Butter,  cut into 1 inch cubes, slightly thaw but still cold and firm

1.In the stand mixer bowl whisk together egg whites and sugar over a double boiler until the sugar has completely dissolved. Keep whisking to avoid cooking the eggwhites!
2. Remove from heat once the sugar has completely melted and using a stand mixer, beat the eggwhites for 4-5 mins or until stiff peaks forms and meringue is about room temperature.
3. Add the butter, 2 pieces at a time and continue to whisk till it holds stiff peaks. This may take about 10 mins.
4. Use a spatula to scrap the bowl until evenly mixed.
5. Use an offset spatula to apply filling on to your swiss roll.


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