Lets Have Something Different–Steamed Cream Cheese Layered Cake



I just steamed the cake this morning and I am issuing the post today, which is rather unusual. I usually have the picture taking after at least 8-10 hours of resting. However, I have decided to post it today because some members of a Facebook Group is requesting for the recipe to try out (possibly for their Valentine’s day tomorrow)..


it is a simple cake to prepare though it looked a bit complicated. It is a nice and moist cake since it is steamed. I can tell you very frankly, I like this steamed version of layered cake when compared to the baked version of layered cake. For baked version of layered cake, it was long hours of baking in an oven causing  the cake lost in moisture. In general, what make an oven cake “moist” and fluffy in effect is the butter content in the cake, the higher it is, the “moister” it is..


This is not a new recipe at all, it is the modified, steamed version of my Chocolate Cream Cheese Lapis Cake earlier. I have always wanted to try the steamed version of baked cakes.. Being born and raised in Malaysia, I have been exposed to Malay steamed cakes.. Most traditional cakes are steamed as majority of the families do not have the oven until rather recently. I like the Malay version of steamed cakes because it is very moist.. Unlike traditional Chinese steamed cakes like sponge cake (kuey neng ko) and huat kueh which is rather dry as there were no fats (oils) used,  Malay steamed cakes, on the other hand usually are rich with butter and eggs, so it is moist and a sinful indulgence.


For my photo taking purposes, I need to use some colour to show the effect. However, if you are not fancy of food colouring, just omit it, Instead of putting colouring in one portion of the batter, you can always use cocoa powder or coffee paste.. Colouring is totally optional, For the topping, I have sprinkled some edible rose petals. That is optional too… It is purely for decoration and it wouldn’t seriously affect the taste. As I was preparing in a rush, I have made a mistake of using an 10 inches diameter round baking tin. Making it slightly thinner. However, if you used an 8 inches diameter round baking tin, it should have 2-3 layers more.


How does it taste like? It tastes like a moist but dense butter cake with cheesy flavour.. If you use cocoa powder or coffee paste, it will become chocolate or coffee flavoured layered cake.



Serving: 8 inches diameter round baking tin or baking tin of your choice


  • 150 grams of butter (牛油)– softened at room temperature
  • 200 grams of cream cheese (奶酪)
  • 4 whole eggs (鸡蛋)
  • 300 grams of self raising flour (自发面粉)
  • 300 grams of icing/powdered sugar (not in picture) (糖霜/糖粉)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence (optional) (香精)
  • 200 grams of fresh milk (新鲜牛奶)
  • Some permitted colouring (optional) (食用色素)




  • A lightly greased 8” diameter cake tin or any other types of baking cake tin .

  • A steamer with adequate hot boiling water for steaming about 30 minutes.

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  • Cream the cream cheese, butter and sugar until light and pale. Add in vanilla essence, followed by one egg at a time and ensure that the egg and cream cheese mixture are well mixed.

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  • Take out the mixing bowl and fold in 1/3 of the flours followed by 1/3 of the milk.. Repeat for the other 2/3 portion. Divide the batter into 2 equal portions. For one portion, add in some permitted food colouring and stir until well mixed.

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  • Heat the greased baking tin for about 1 minute in the steamer. Put 2 ladles of red batter in the tin and ensure that it is equally distributed in the tin. Steam for 4-5 minutes or until the surface has dries up.  If you note of some bubbling, use a toothpick to poke the hole and let the trapped air escape. 

  • Put another 2 ladles of beige batter, steam until dry. Repeat the same procedures until all the batters are finished. After all the batter have finished, for the last layer,  you can sprinkled some edible rose petals if desired or create some pattern of your choice. Cooled completely  before cutting into smaller pieces. Can keep in refrigerator for at least up to 2 weeks in an air tight container. If it turns hard, just re-steamed for a few minutes before serving.




No beautiful pictures in this post as I was posting in a rush. In fact, if I cut the cake after resting for one day, there should be no debris and the cutting should be smooth since the cake has set.  Do pardon me for this. All the basic complaints of cakes of being too dry, no butter aroma etc. had been addressed in this cake.. If you have not try a steamed cake, you may wish to give it a go. Chances of failure are low as there are no complicated procedures. In addition, since it is cooked layer by layer, it do not have the problem of uncooked cake and cake shrinkage etc.…


Hope you like the post today. Cheers and have a nice day.



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17 thoughts on “Lets Have Something Different–Steamed Cream Cheese Layered Cake

  1. I love how created this is! It’s very pretty. I’ve never heard of steamed cake before. When I was in Asia I had a variety of steamed food but never a dessert. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. This was a good.recipe.except.that the center.of my cake was not.cooked. Tried re-steaming but seems unable to get it.right. The outer ring is good and.tastes.good.

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