If you are living in Singapore and around my age, you may have heard of Lana cake. I've never been to the shop before, but I was lucky to have tasted the legendary Lana cake at least twice :D Lana cake is as I remember, rectangular in shape. The texture of Lana cake is very soft and fluffy. The chocolate glaze is rich and heavenly.
I was browsing the Internet and saw many ladies who have made remarkable attempts to replicate the Lana cake. As usual, it took me months before I "dare" to attempt this cake. Steaming cake is new to me, and so I wasn't confident if I can make this. Finally, this morning, an unknown courage gathered inside me - I meant to bake cupcakes but went straight to the kitchen to gather ingredients for the Steamed Moist Chocolate cake after seeing the post by Everybody Eats Well in Flanders. She has kindly converted Aunty Yochana's recipe to fit a 7 inch square pan. As I only have a 7 inch round removable-bottom pan, this recipe is very useful to me. The recipe is really easy, as it only requires melting of butter with evaporated milk and sugar. I am impatient and often find waiting for butter to reach room temperature annoying :D I steamed the cake in the wok that my mom gave me, and placed my 8" square pan on top of the wire stand to prop the cake higher. The water was not supposed to touch the cake pan.
Honestly, I was skeptical about steamed cakes, as I thought they will taste like Huat Kueh (Chinese steamed cake). But this cake is moist and soft, although there were many air pockets on the surface of my cake, it looks kinda ugly. But do not judge a book (cake in this case) by its cover, it tastes soft and chocolaty :D
The recipe and method can be found here.
I did not do the chocolate glazing, partly because I was lazy, and partly because the recipe of the glaze includes 1 can of condensed milk! I think this cake is "sinful" enough so I shall save my family and myself from the extra calories :p
Just a note that remember to wait for the evaporated milk + sugar + butter mixture to cool down before adding the eggs! Else the eggs will get cooked :p
|My cake fresh out from the steaming wok :)|
Have fun steaming!