Steamed Layered Cake (Nyonya Kuih)

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Jenny Ha

Steamed Layered Cake (Nyonya Kuih)

Steamed layered cake is the most famous dessert in Malaysia. It is a favourite of many adults and children. The five layer cake is one of the most popular pastries, it's also colourful and looks very attractive.
Servings 6
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins


  • 220 g Tapioca Flour
  • 30 g Rice Flour
  • 310 ml Coconut Milk
  • 160 g Sugar
  • 150 ml Water
  • 4 sprig Pandan Leaf (knotted)


  • Mix together tapioca flour, rice flour and coconut milk and then leave to one side.
  • Put water, sugar and pandan leaf in another bowl and cook until the sugar has dissolved for approximately 7-10 minutes. Then pour into the mixture above and then sieve after.
  • Divide batter into 5 portions, mix one portion of batter with 1 drop of colouring. Leave 1 portion uncoloured white.
  • Grease a 8x8inch steaming tray with cooking oil.
  • Now pour in a portion of batter into steaming tray. Steam for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Then after pour a different colour portion of batter ontop of the first layer and steam for 5 minutes. Repeat this step untill 5 layers.
  • After the last layer cook for 10 minutes.
  • Finally after cooking, allow it sit till it has cooled before serving.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian

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