Friday, 14 November 2014

Fudgy Steamed Chocolate Cake


Gawd! This cake is so fudgy and moist and chocolaty! If I wasn't on a diet, I would have polished off half the cake LOL!


I made this cake for the first time for my family dinner gathering. It was such a fuss free cake. No cake mixer is involved because you basically dump the butter, sugar and milk into a saucepan. Put the saucepan on the stove on low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.



Once the mixture is cool, add eggs, flour and cocoa powder. Stir to combine, pour into baking pan and steam for 35 minutes. Like? 

I did not know what to expect but judging from the rave reviews on a few blogs, I knew I could expect something good. My cake did not rise very much, it was kind of flat. And I was worried.



After I frosted the cake, it was time to have a taste and decide if the cake was fit to serve. And gosh! It was so moist and fudgy. Simply amazing. When I told my Mum that the cake was steamed and not baked, she said that she could not tell the difference.



Actually, this is the second steamed chocolate cake I attempted. The first one was from another source and the cake had too much cocoa powder. And for 150g flour it contains 250g sugar (faints!) which of course I reduced significantly. The cake turned out coarse and very dense. Not a happy outcome. I almost threw the cake away when my partner told me to give it away to a group of people. "They will eat anything" he said. And they did LOL!



So anyone who loves moist fudgy chocolate cakes that are easy to make, please try this recipe. This cake I believe is good on its own but the chocolate frosting makes it extra special.









Fudgy Steamed Chocolate Cake
Recipe source : Adapted from Vivian Pang's Kitchen

Chocolate cake
(A)
- 180g butter
- 120g light brown sugar
- 200ml full cream evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons of rum (optional, but I love my booze)

(B)
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten with fork

(C)
- 100g self-raising flour
- 50g cocoa powder

Chocolate ganache topping :
- 200g dark chocolate
- 100ml whipping cream
- 10g butter


Methods:
1. Put all (A) ingredients into a saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved and butter has melted. Remove from heat to cool completely.

2. Add beaten eggs into (A) and stir till well mix.

3. Sift dry ingredients from (C) into a mixing bowl. Pour in butter/egg mixture (from step 2) and whisk to combine.

4. Pour batter into a greased and lined 8  inch round baking pan and cover the pan loosely with aluminium foil.

5. Bring steamer to rapid boil. Place the cake pan into the steamer  and lower the heat to medium and steam the cake for about 35-45 minutes. (I recommend that you check at 35 minutes. If the cake is set and the cake tester come out with a bit of moist crumbs, you are done. Over steaming will result in a hard and dense cake)

 6. Cool cake in pan before turning out for decoration.

7. Prepare ganache by melting chocolate, butter and whipping cream using double boiler. Once melted remove from heat. Stir till smooth and pour the ganache over cake. 


52 comments:

  1. WOW!! WOOW!! WOOOW!!!

    I have to agree with you with both my hands and legs raised up!! this cake looks super fudgy, moisty, chocolatey, tasty and phonghongty!!! haha.. reminds me of the "Awfully Chocolate" cakes I've seen in SG..

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    1. SK, I am laughing as I imagine you with both hands and legs raised LOL! This is a really good cake. Simple but so awesome!

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  2. looks so tempting and delicious, and you have got strawberries to garnish and I have to say the presentation scores beyond 100% lah, aiyoyo, the cake looks so sexy if you would allow me to say so, hahaha!! I want a lick, I want a bite, I want a munch!!! PosLaju Same Day Delivery *dijamin sampai hari yang sama* hehe!! hint hint wink wink~~ :p

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    1. I invested RM10.90 on the strawberries just so that my cake won't look so plain hahaha! After that in order not to waste, I ate them with the leftover chocolate frosting. Pos Laju? The cake will become "hamchoy" by the time it reach you :D

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  3. I super LOCE this post! This recipe is simple and delicious! I steamed chocolate cakes before, but I did it in a cup (and put inside the microwave), and this was before the microwave konked out about two years ago.. Taste very nice with chocolate chips, and it only took like 8 minutes on medium-high heat.. This cake looks so good Phong Hong, I can finish the whole thing using a fork, no need to cut into slices pun.. Steamed cakes don't really rise very high, they will sink once cooled, but yours look so delicious, like a perfect baked chocolate fudge cake! Yummzzz..

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    1. Thank you for the compliments, Louiz! Yeah, I remember you posted your steamed cupcakes. At that time I was not so confident about steamed cakes but now I am very convinced that they can be very good. I forsee making this cake again and again :)

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  4. Morning Phong Hong...

    Pagi-pagi sudah kasi orang makan kek! Your cakes looks yummy, Especially dengan the frosting meleleh kat tepi tu... air liur pun rasa macam nak meleleh je. Hahaha...

    I kalau buat kek yang macam-tak-jadi, I normally won't throw it away. I ramas buat chocolate balls. Coat dengan melted cooking chocolate, sprinkle dengan the coloured rice. Thaa dhaaa... nobody has to know I made a 'macam-tak-jadi' kek! Hahahaha.... Or kalau paling malas, serve with icecream and you'll be sugar high! (*faint*)

    Have a nice weekend Phong Hong!

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    1. Hi Mama! I remember this chocolate balls. At one time it was very popular but I geli lah to ramas-ramas the cake and then make into balls. Don't know why LOL! You have a nice weekend and vacation, Mama!

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  5. Tempting ! Looks sooper moist and yum yum...Steaming is a lovely option.. Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Thank you, Priya! Do try this cake :)

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  6. Steamed eh? Maybe I can try this one, minus the frosting. Lazy. Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. Arthur, no need to frost because the cake is already good as it is. I just wanted it to look nice that all :)

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  7. yes...super like. . no need headache and seems easy enough. what is not to like?

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    1. Meow, this cake is very ideal. Don't have to wait for the butter to come to room temperature. Just campak in the pot and warm up. Senang!

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  8. And now you have tempted me ... indeed I can see it is so fudgy. Did you go for second or going third slice for this cake?

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    1. Mel, I stopped at one slice. Regretted. LOL!

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  9. Anything with chocolate, i loves, hehe...

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  10. Hi Phong Hong, love this steamed chocolate cake, one of the best and fail proof too. :))
    Yours look awesome, the ganache topping look extremely finger licking good. Keep some for me, I go make coffee. LOL

    Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia! Sure, waiting for your coffee hee..hee..

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  11. If you are really on diet, you wouldn't even be making this cake! Now you are tempting me to get a slice of chocolate fudge myself! >.<

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    1. RG, you are right I am sabotaging myself LOL!

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  12. OMG!

    That looks even better than the cake I just bought! Hahaha

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  13. Hi. This cake looks super good! I haven't tried steaming cake. Will give this a try!

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    1. Amy, do try it! You will be converted :)

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  14. Wow...I didn't know steamed cakes can turn out so good! And that chocolate ganache looks meltingly inviting...drool :')

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    1. Me too. Was skeptical until I tried it myself :)

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  15. I never heard about such a method for a cake!
    Wow, it looks divine! I would love to try it!

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    1. Ola, it is a wonderful method. I hope that you try it!

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  16. I am very curious. Who is this 'group of people' who will eat anything? LOL!

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    1. Some people at the office, Mun. LOL!

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  17. Your cake really looks chocolaty! I wanna eat it so much!

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  18. PH!!! I think I wanna stay next door with you la... if not possible, same row also never mind !~! Diet will not be on my mind.... believe me! hahahaa...

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    1. hah..hah..hah...Claire, I think there is a house for sale :) You and I won't talk about diet for sure LOL!

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  19. Hi Phong Hong, I've bookmarked a few steamed cakes and cupcakes recipes but till now ... still haven't tried them out.

    Your fudgy steamed chocolate cake is like "We wish you a merry Christmas..." ^-^! So lovely ... so chocolaty!

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    1. Hi Karen! Ya lah, this one can make for Christmas LOL!

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  20. Hi Phong Hong,
    Wow! This cake looks so yummy!
    And it is easy to prepare some more. Bookmark.
    Can I have a piece please :D
    mui

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    1. mui mui, you can have two pieces LOL!

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  21. Phong Hong, You can cook and bake so well. Just looking at them is enough to know that they are delicious.

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    1. Nancy, thank you for your kind compliments!

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  22. oooohh....look at the chocolate cake and strawberry slices!!! My little princess sure love this!

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  23. I have not tried steaming cakes before, even though I have a cookbook on this for years! Your cake looks very moist and chocolaty good! chocolate cake lovers would be grinning from ear to ear is served a slice or two!

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    1. Joyce, you must try it! You will be amazed by the texture of the cake. I am now a believer :)

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  24. Hi Phong Hong, love this steamed chocolate cake. But mine is a different version. Thanks for sharing warmest regards :)

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    1. Ivy, steamed cakes are so good! I am glad that I tried it :)

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  25. sounds like a steamed kind of brownie? hehe...it sounds and looks terrific especially with that 'dangerous' frosting! you said diet? no frosting la! hahaha!

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    1. Lena, the cake was so moist and fudgy and heavenly! Now I respect steamed cakes :)

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  26. Phong Hong, this amazing cake is 'super elegance'...you will have to send me some 'self-rising' flour from Malaysia to convince me that it really works, and not too salty!
    Cake is gorgeous, and super ooey-goooey fudgy goodness! xo

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    1. Thank you, Elisabeth! Yeah, I wish that I could let you sample the self-risng flour here. I have had no problems with it :)

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