Hi guys! EOYs has indisputbly ripped our brains into pieces and killed many of our brain cells (hoho, yes indeed it has), and so we’re obviously taking a break from all studyings and our days have been food-filled fantasies! While Elisa spends most of her time finding ways of improving the blog and finding recipes to try out (Do share with us ways which we can improve our blog to your liking, and you could tell us recipes that you want us to try, or foods that you want us to review!), Zara spends most of her time dreaming about food and finding food porn online. Fortunately, Zara has vowed to do more for the blog! 🙂
Anyway, Zara had a sudden hankering for baking. However, her oven is broken ): (the whole story behind the broken is a rather long and amusing one. if you want to know what Zara did to spoil the oven, ask her yourself!) So evidently, she had to find a recipe for some kind of delectable dessert, which did not require baking. Hmm…
Having had a great wonderful meal at Dann’s Daily a few days ago, we were hugely inspired by their simple, healthy yet delicious flavours. Most importantly, not forgetting their lovely steamed cupcakes, we had been meaning to try steaming as a healthier and unique alternative to baking and had even found several recipes for steamed desserts, such as Banana Yogurt Steamed Cupcake and Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake! This being an extremely great opportunity for Zara to try them out, Zara went for the latter and began her
Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake
Adapted from Chow Times
I halved the amount of ingredients as stated in the actual recipe as the wok I used to steam the cake was not as big as I would have liked it to be. Half the recipe yields a round cake about 9-inch in diameter (it’s a pretty big cake already :0), but this will vary depending on the depth and size of the plate/tin you use to steam the cake!
The chocolate cake being steamed in the wok
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons white vinegar
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) oil
a handful of semisweet chocolate chips
Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder) in a medium bowl.
Whisk the sugar and wet ingredients, (water, vanilla, vinegar and oil) in a large bowl until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well
Pour the batter into a greased and floured or parchment lined 9 x 13″ pan. Sprinkle a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips on the batter for garnishing. Place in steamer or wok that can be used for steaming and steam for 35-40 minutes on high heat. (I steamed it for 25 minutes, but used half the recipe)
Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake
The steamed caked turned out to be delightfully pleasant, but the texture and taste was abit too much like kueh Chocolate kueh, maybe? Zara felt that it was slightly too dense, but Elisa found it just ok. Our friend Elaine, enjoyed the cake and its not-too-overwhelming chocolate flavour though! Maybe the steaming time had to be a little shorter for the cake to be less dense and fluffy and still moist, and maybe a better flavour for a steamed cake would be banana. Hmmmm, we’ll keep in view (KIV) that for the time-being but will definitely make time to try it out soon!
Anyway, do keep a lookout for new posts over the course of the week! We are planning on doing carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and chocolate banana cupcakes with chocolate ganache (Nom nom nom) and we’ll definitely be posting about them and sharing the great joy
/disastor (it won’t be a disastor!) with all of you! Again, if you have any suggestions as to what you would like us to bake, or a place that you feel serves great food, do let us know by commenting on our posts! See you soon!