Ma Lai Gao - Steamed Brown Sugar Cake

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Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Total Time: 45 mins

Serves: 8


  • 3 eggs
  • 75 gram (6 tablespoon) dark brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 100 gram all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 45 gram (3 tablespoon) melted butter
  • 2 dried jujube/red dates (~ 12 gram), remove seeds and roughly chopped (optional)


  1. Prepare a steamer (I use my rice cooker), and line an 8" (or 7") round cake pan with a parchment paper (I use my 8" steamer basket that comes with the rice cooker).
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat eggs and dark brown sugar on high speed until thick.
  3. Add salt, baking soda, and half of the all purpose flour. Beat with low speed just until mixed, then add the rest of the all purpose flour and mix again.
  4. Add in milk, vanilla extract, and melted butter. Stir with a spatula until mixed, then fold in the dried jujube until well mixed.
  5. Pour into the prepared cake pan (or steamer basket), and steam for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Remove cake from steamer, cut into serving slices, and serve while hot.

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