Call me a lemming, but when I saw this recipe being circulated on my Facebook, I just couldn't resist trying it out. :)
The original recipe can be found here.
Steam Rainbow Cake
2 tsp Vanilla Extract (or almond extract or lemon juice or whatever flavour you prefer or have on hand)
280g Cake Flour, sifted, and add in ¼ tsp salt
200ml Coconut Cream/Milk (from packet. I used Kara brand.)
Liquid food colouring
- Prepare wok steamer. Line an 8" round tin.
- Beat eggs with sugar and vanilla until the mixture increases in volume and is pale in colour. I beat the mixture with the Kitchenaid from medium to high speed for about 10 minutes.
- LIGHTLY fold in a third of the flour, then half the coconut cream, another third of the flour, the last of the coconut cream and finally the last of the flour.
- Ladle the batter into 7 bowls and colour with the liquid food colouring. I found that gel food colouring doesn't work well because to incorporate the gel into the batter required a lot of stirring, and that resulted in the batter losing all those precious air bubbles which makes the difference between a light cake and a denser cake.
- Pour the bottom-most colour (Reddish-Purple) into the cake tin, and then give it a light bang on the counter. This is to allow the batter to flatten evenly as well as to remove the larger (and uglier) airpockets.
- Put the cake tin in the wok steamer and steam for 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Remove cake tin from wok steamer and pour in the second layer (Bluish-Purple), and spread the batter evenly with the back of a spoon. Then bang the cake tin lightly on the counter and put the cake tin back into the wok steamer. Steam for 4 minutes on medium heat. Repeat until all layers are done. For the final layer (Red), steam for 15 minutes before removing from the wok.
- Remove cake from the cake tin unto a wire rack and leave to cool.
My preference is still the baked Rainbow Cake. Slicing into the white frosting, revealing the hues of the rainbow is a lovely surprise, and any cake with frosting is a lovely treat. :)
Nonetheless, this is a quick and easy version - no messy frosting, and a quick and clean snack that will appeal to both young and old. Best of all is that more people have the means to steam a cake than to bake one - especially families without an oven. ;)