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Steamed cakes for breakfast

October 17, 2012

One of the things we make every now and then is sweet Japanese steamed cake, also known as mushi-pan. It’s so easy to make; all you need is about 10 minutes prep time.

Steamed cake (Recipe makes 9)


150g self-raising flour (add 1 tsp baking powder if you use plain flour)
2 eggs
4 tbsp milk
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
Add any flavour, filling or toppings of your choice

You will also need: ramekins and cupcake liners


1. Prepare all that you need. Gather your little troopers. Fill a large frying pan with water (2/3) and bring it to a boil. Put cupcake liners in the ramekins.

2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour. You can use the shortcut for sifting by whisking 20 times. Ben loves to see flour falling through the sieve, so he helps me sift today.

3. In another bowl, combine eggs, milk, sugar and olive oil, and whisk them together.

4. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture, and mix till smooth.

5. Add toppings and mix well. Becks eats the dried blueberries as she adds them. The children add rainbow sprinkles to personalise their mushi-pan.

6. Pour mixture into lined ramekins and place in the boiling water to steam for 8 minutes. Stick a wooden toothpick into the cake. It’s done if toothpick emerges without wet batter.

7. Remove and cool. Enjoy.

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  • Reply Marg September 11, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Sad, attempted as per recipe, don’t know which step I did wrongly. Haven’t tried but the cake look Super hard. Maybe I dint beat Long enough. Ended up with only 8 small pieces.

    • Reply MotherKao September 27, 2017 at 3:55 PM

      Oh no! I am no baking expert, and I followed a similar recipe!

  • Reply Jolin October 17, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Thanks for recipe. It looks so easy. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  • Reply MotherKao October 17, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    You should. It’s sooooo easy! 🙂 Can add anything to it – choco chips, milo powder, pandan essence, corn kernels, cheese – the kids will love it!

  • Reply Connie October 17, 2012 at 8:28 AM

    im so going to try it this weekend! 😀

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