An Auspicious Steamed Cake To Celebrate My Blog Anniversary–Pandan Huat Kuih (香兰发糕)



Today is an auspicious day for the blog. It is the day It the anniversary of this blog.


In fact this is not the exact day but it should be very near to 30-4-2013. I started my blog using a Tumblr account. Even until today, the blog is still there but I did not really update the post there. Instead, whatever I posted in WordPress (, a summary will be send to my Tumblr blog (


Around this time last year, I have decided to shift all by my blog entries from Tumblr to WordPress and  the transfer process have messed up my date of entries.  Therefore, I have chosen today to be my blog anniversary. The actual date should not be 7 days more than this date.


I have no intention to celebrate this special day, no giveaways and etc. Instead, I have prepared a type of  “huat Kuih” or “Fa Gow” to commemorate this day. Why Huat Kuih or Fa Gow? Actually, for the last blogging year, my first post of Huat Kuih prepared using rice flour have attracted a lot of readerships… and I will share my top 20 posts of my last blogging year in a day of two.


As contrasted to the Huat Kuih post that I issued last year, this Huat Kuih is prepared using wheat flour and not rice flour. There are many versions of huat kuih in the internet and I thought it might be good for me to try a Huat Kuih prepared using normal flour. When I goggled for the recipe, I stumbled  across this simple recipe  : 香味扑鼻的班兰小发糕. I looked at the picture and it really attracted me.  So I have decided to prepare this today hopefully it will bring some luck to me in my second year of blogging.


I am very pleased with this cake. It is definitely edible. It had eggs and butter in the ingredients and it is a very fragrant cake. However, for religion praying purposes, you will have to decide whether it fits your praying criteria since eggs and butter were used. If you would like to read more about the history of Huat Kuih, you can refer to my first post.



Recipe adapted from: 香味扑鼻的班兰小发糕.

Servings: Prepare 6 Huat Kuihs


  • 250 grams of self raising flour (自发面粉)
  • 150 grams of castor sugar (白砂糖)
  • 1 teaspoon of double acting baking powder or baking powder (双重发粉或发粉)
  • 1 egg (鸡蛋)
  • 200 grams of plain water (白水)
  • 50 grams of melted butter (牛油)
  • 6 pieces of pandan leaves (香兰叶)



  • Get ready a steamer with water capable of steaming the Kuih for at least 20 minutes.


  • Blend the pandan leaves with the water. Sieve the pandan juice to a pan. Pour in the sugar. Heat the pandan juice and sugar until all the sugar have dissolved. There is no need to bring the juices to boiling point. As long as the sugar have dissolved, off the heat and set aside the pandan syrup for later use.

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  • Heat up the butter in a microwave for about 30 seconds. When cool, add in the eggs and stir lightly until well combined. Set aside..
  • In another big mixing bowl, sift the self raising flour and double acting baking powder. Make a well in the centre. Add the Pandan juice followed by the egg butter mixture. Use a hand mixer and whisk until well mixed.


  • Transfer it to some cupcake cups and fill the cups with the batter until at least 95% full. Steam in the steamer for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre come out clean. It is best that the cupcakes cups be pre-steamed before filling of the batter. You shall use high heat in the entire process of steaming. Best served hot as a snack .



I am very happy as the cakes turns out very well, “laughing” happily in the steamer. Not only that the cakes are pretty, the cakes are extremely tasty. It is a blend of pandan, egg and buttery aroma. In addition, it is soft and fluffy. Hopefully, this will mark an auspicious start for the second year of blogging career. 


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


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41 thoughts on “An Auspicious Steamed Cake To Celebrate My Blog Anniversary–Pandan Huat Kuih (香兰发糕)

  1. What a nice color! I looked up pandan leaves and I’m not sure if I’ve eaten them. They would have been used in a restaurant recipe. It sounds like they add an earthy/grassy/nutty flavor that I’m sure I would like. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Here’s to many more🙂

    • Thank you very much. Pandanus or screwpines is optional. You may have tried it in the Thai restaurant where certain chicken pieces were wrapped in a piece of aromatic leaf. It provide a very nice aroma.

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  3. What is the difference in Huay kueh when recipe calls for sweet potatoes compared to recipes without sweet potatoes? Will use pandan paste since I can never find pandan leaves in America. Tks again.

    • Just different taste, when using pandan paste, just use the plain water with sugar. You can use also use other flavoring or no flavoring at all, if you like

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  5. Hi Kenneth,

    The 200ml is for pandan juice? If I want to use pandan paste, what can replace with?

    For your advise.

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  7. When I first came to your blog, you seem so experienced that I thought you’d been blogging for a few years at least. Great job! Looking forward to more recipes and baking/cooking tips!

    I noticed that in the Gula Apong Huat Kueh recipe, you cut it before steaming but not in this recipe, is there any special reason for that?


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  10. 谢谢分享,我一定尝试做这发糕,我看了很喜欢。你是否也可以介绍做一样发的鸡蛋糕于初九拜天公那种? 我做过好几次可就是不发(开口), 能教教吗?

  11. Can I confirm that the 200g of plain water as stated in your recipe is correct? Is it 200g or 200 ml? I see that the brown sugar steamed cake is 200 ml of water. So wondered whether it was a typo error. Tq

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  13. Hi,

    I made these cupcakes and they are perfect. However, I would like to know if I can replace the 200ml juice with 200ml coconut milk?

    And for the butter, can I use vegetable oil? As I’m trying to remove the butter scent.

    And what happens if I use one more egg as I’m trying to make the huat kueh have a stronger egg fragrance and slightly denser type like those sold outside where the egg scent is stronger, sweeter and have a melt in mouth feeling.

    Thank you and sorry for having so many questions as I’m not a very experienced baker. = )

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