Friday, 1 August 2014

Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake


Oh my! This cake is really delicious and so simple to make. It was in fact the first ever cake that I've made when I started baking & cooking a few years ago. Then, this recipe went viral among Asian food bloggers and on Facebook. Since I had just bought a new, and magical pressure cooker then, I decided to give this recipe a try. The results was good and although it was not cooked through the first time, but I think if you like a cake with molten chocolate lava in the middle, then this will be perfect.

Anyway, I have not made this cake in a long, loooong time. It was my hubby that reminded me of this recipe actually and it got me all excited again and I can't wait to give it a try again. Only this time, it felt much easier to make. All the years of failed encounters and experiences really helped. :)

You MUST try this great recipe and I will tell you why.... Not only it tastes deliciously chocolaty rich, it is simply EASY to make. You do not need any fancy equipment, not even a weighing scale. You can whip this up with a fork or spoon or whisk and all the measurements are done by using a measuring cup and measuring spoons (easily available from any bakery specialty shops or hypermarkets). Wait, there's more... you don't even need an oven! :)

So, here is a Step-by-Step on how to make this beautiful and yummy cake.

Separately mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients (except hot water) in a separate bowl. Pour the liquids into the dry ingredients and just combine well with a fork. It will result in a thick paste like the picture below. The batter comes together easily and just mix until there are no obvious lumps of flour.


Then add in the hot water in 3-4 increments and stir well. 



Then, in a greased round baking pan, pour in the batter. You can also start to warm up the water in the pressure cooker before hand. Give the pan a quick drop on the table to clear the air bubbles before putting the pan into the pressure cooker for steaming. Steam for 45 minutes until the skewer comes out cleans in the middle of the cake. 


This how the cake looks immediately after steaming. Don't worry, the crack will be less obvious after the cake cooled down. Let the cake cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting.


I love the texture of the cake and it is not too sweet but so rich in chocolate aroma and taste and so moist... The cake is a guarantee hit with everyone, especially the kids. Come on... who can resist Chocolate? 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of wheat flour
1 cup oil
3/4 cup caster sugar (can be reduced is prefer even less sweet)
1 cup condensed milk
1 cup cocoa powder (I used Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder)
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 cup of hot water

Directions
1. Pour all the powder into a mixing bowl and mix well.
2. Pour all liquid into the mixing bowl (except hot water) and mix well.
3. Stir till all the powders mix well with all the liquid (in paste form)
4. Pour in hot water, mix well.
5. Steam in a pressure cooker, using the STEAM function, for 45 minutes.

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