Sunday, March 13, 2011

Steamed Palm Sugar Cupcakes

Another one for the trip!
For the country that has lots of coconuts
Palm sugar or gula melaka!

The Recipe: (Adapted from A. Goh)

50g palm sugar
30g water
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg
20g sugar

40 ml oil
40 ml coconut milk

100g plain flour
1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
1 teaspoon double action baking powder

some raisins for topping (optional)

1. Prepare steamer and bring water to boil and leave it to simmer on low heat.

2. Place palm sugar, salt and water in a saucepan and bring it to a slight boil till sugar has dissolved. Strain and leave it to cool. This should be done beforehand.

3. Whisk egg and sugar till thick and creamy. Pour in palm sugar syrup and continue beating at high speed till well mixed.

4. Add in oil and coconut milk and mix well. At this point, bring the water in the steamer to a boil.

5. Fold in the sifted flour and baking powder and baking soda.

6. Pour into lined cups and steam on high heat for 12 to 15 minutes depending on the size of the cups.


  1. This must be so delicious, with the coconut milk and gula melaka. Yummmm.......

  2. You're such a noble person to be doing volunteering work at a lesser country! I'm sure with a big heart, anything you bake will turn out good! This palm sugar cupcakes look good. I love palm sugar too!

  3. love how beautifully rounded your cupcake domes are. mine always end up cracking -_-"

  4. Gula melaka! I've got lots in my fridge! Bookmarked this recipe too! I prefer steamed cakes over baked for I think they are least sinful :P

  5. Wow, your steamed muffins look awesome, light and fluffy. Love it...great for anytime. Have a great week :-)

  6. Steamed cupcakes, sound v healthy and light! :)

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  8. Hi All,

    Sorry I'm unable to respond individually to your comments at this moment. Thanks for dropping by.

    Jean, thanks for the award. Will respond to all the rules later. Sorry, lately I have been rushing.

  9. I made several attempts in steaming cakes. But, so far, the result is not that satisfying.

  10. using gula melaka in cupcakes must be extra fragrant!

  11. Can these be baked in an oven? If so at what temperature and for how long? They look so yummy!

  12. Hi blue peanut,
    I've not tried baking them but if you want to try baking, you will have to use normal baking powder instead of double action baking powder. Do let me know how it turns out if you do bake it!

  13. May I know how many average size cupcakes can be made out of the recipe you've provided?


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