Rose ginger steamed sponge cake

Feb. 10, 2018


1. Prepare two steamers by either using pots with inserts or creating your own insert using aluminum foil (details in post) and add water to a level where it will not touch the bottom of the steamer baskets. Set over medium high heat so the water will boil by the time you are ready to steam the cakes.

2. Line two 6" steamer baskets with parchment paper and set aside

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs and sugar together on high for 10 minutes until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

4. While the eggs and sugar are mixing, sift together the dry ingredients.

5. Turn the mixer to low speed and pour in the water. Stir in the ginger and crumbled rosebud.

6. Using a spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture, and gently mix until just combined.

7. Divide the batter evenly between the two steamer baskets, rap the baskets once on the counter to release any bubbles, then place one basket in each stock pot (carefully since the water is boiling by now). Be sure the water doesn't touch the bottom of the basket.

8. Cover the pots with tight fitting lids and steam the cakes for 40 minutes over medium high heat. Check about halfway through the cooking time (without lifting the lid if possible) to make sure that there is sufficient water in the pot. If there isn't, carefully add more, and add an additional 3 minutes to the steaming time.

9. When time is up, carefully remove the baskets from the steamers. Press additional rosebuds into the top of the cake for decoration.

10. Allow the cakes to cool fully on a wire rack before unwrapping and re-wrapping for gifting.

11. The cakes are best enjoyed within a day or two of steaming.


1. 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 175 g

2. 1 3/4 cups cake flour 175 g

3. 1 tbsp Jianshi baking powder

4. 1/4 tsp salt

5. 3 large eggs

6. 3/4 c + 3 tbsp granulated sugar 185 g

7. 3/4 cup water 170 g

8. 1 1/2 tbsp fresh grated ginger

9. 1 ground food grade rosebud + additional for garnish if desired

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