Malaysian Style Steam Sponge Cake (Ma Lai Kao)

Malaysian steam sponge cake is one my favorite dim sum. I have to order it every time we went for a dim sum brunch. But here in USA, you can find all different kind of Ma Lai Kao, depends on which dim sum restaurant you went. Most of them taste like a regular steam sponge cake rather than the Malaysian style.

I found this steam cake from Kuali that taste pretty close to Malaysia Ma Lai Kao that I made last week and would like to share.


  • 150g self raising flour (if use all purpose flour add 3/4 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp salt)
  • 1/2 tbsp custard powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 50g margarine
  • 137.5g soft brown sugar
  • 70g canola oil
  • 2.5 eggs
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3/8 tsp vanilla essence
  • Some walnut ( Use melon seed you can you get)
  • Sift flour and custard powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a mixing bowl.
  • In a mixer bowl, cream margarine, sugar and oil until light and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  • Stir in honey and essence. Add in sifted flour mixture to blend into a smooth batter.
  • Pour batter into greased pan and sprinkle over some walnut. Steam over rapidly boiling water for 30 minutes or until it's done.
  • Use a toothpick to check when the cake is done. The toothpick should come out clear.

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