Healthy Steamed Cake – Great for Breakfast
The steamed cake is spongy and the meat filling is so tasty, the end results is you will go for a second and third serving! Since it is a steamed cake, no butter or margarine is required at all. The only oil you need is cooking oil for stir frying the meat, and only 2 tablespoons of it. For healthier cooking oil, I strongly recommend the grape seed oil. Read further to understand the advantage of using grape seed oil.
If you do not want to use the meat filling, you can substitute it with any type of your preferred fruit jam, Nuttella, or just leave the filling out. Spread any type of jam, insert cheese slice or ham slice when you are ready to consume the cake.
Steamed Cake with Meat Filling Recipe
Ingredients A (Meat Filling)
200g minced meat (pork, beef or chicken)
4 shallots (chopped into tiny pieces)
3 cloves of garlic (chopped into tiny pieces)
1 tbsp of light soy sauce
½ tbsp of potato or corn starch
Pinch of pepper powder
Ingredients B (Cake)
150g castor sugar
1 tsp ovalette (or use condensed milk as substitute) – see below for more information on ovalette
70 ml milk
200g plain flour
4 tbsp water
A few drops of sesame oil
1 tbsp of chopped spring onion
Step 1 : Prepare the meat filling
- Season the minced meat with light soy sauce, corn starch and pinch of pepper powder to taste.
- Heat up about 2 tbsp of oil in a wok, stir fry chopped shallots, garlic until fragrant.
- Add in the seasoned minced meat. (Avoid overcooked, to keep the meat juicy)
- Add in Ingredients C
- Briefly stir fry and dish up.
- Set aside.
Step 2 : Make the Cake
- Beat egg, castor sugar and ovalette till fluffy.
- Gradually and slowly fold in milk and plain flour.
- Beat till smooth
- Divide the batter to two portions
- Pour the first portion into steaming tray
- Steam over medium heat for 15 minutes
- Remove steamed cake from the steamer
- Spread evenly the fried meat filling on top of the cake
- Sprinkle with chopped spring onions (Ingredients D).
- Pour the second portion of the batter over the meat. Spread it evenly.
- Steam the cake again over medium heat for 15 minutes.
- Remove the cake from the steamer
- Let the cake cool down before removing the cake from the tray.
- Cut into pieces and serve.
Substitute for Ovalette : Condensed Milk
What is Ovalette ?
Ovalette is commonly used emulsifier or stabilizer in making sponge cake. It helps to keep the batter airy. A small tablespoon of ovalette will give the cake a very light, soft and sponge-like cake. You can find it in Asian cake shop. They commonly used in Malaysia and Singapore. The ingredients of ovalette include: Monoglyceride, Polysorbate, Sorbitol, Polyglycerol, Propylene Glycol, Tartrazine and Water.
If you can't get a hold of ovalette, you can use condensed milk as substitute.
Health Benefits of Using Grape Seed Oil
Extensively used in world, especially by health-conscious people, grape seed oil is rich in proanthocyanidins (OPC) a compound that is high in antioxidants. It is fifty times more effective than Vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C.
Antioxidants can be found in grape skins and seeds. They are more concentrated in red and black grapes. The oil is made by cold-pressing the grape seeds. It contains vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids, antioxidants and carbohydrates. It also contains high quantities of Vitamin E and F, and also minerals like zinc potassium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and selenium.
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Ingenira (author) on March 06, 2014:
Why not ! :)
jtrader on March 06, 2014:
I think I would try this with peanut butter or chutney. Voted up and useful!
Ingenira (author) on June 11, 2013:
Haha... hope you will get the chance to try it, and I assure you that you will like it, angryelf.
angryelf from Tennessee on June 11, 2013:
This is such an odd recipe; I don't think I've heard the words "meat" and "cake" in the same recipe haha, but I'm a food lover and can't knock an idea! Thanks for the unique contribution!!! Voted up!
Ingenira (author) on May 20, 2013:
Thank you so much, KoffeKlatchGals, AliciaC, CeresSchwarz, Vacation Trip and Livingsta for your comment.
Steamed cake with meat filling is actually quite a common cake in Malaysia and Singapore. My mom makes it quite often for us, and we love it. It's very tasty.
livingsta from United Kingdom on May 19, 2013:
Interesting recipe. Definitely a healthy one and worth a try. Thank you for sharing this with us. Voted up, sharing and pinning.
Susan from India on May 19, 2013:
Wow. A unique recipe. Simply awesome. Voted up and rated 5 stars.
Ceres Schwarz on May 19, 2013:
Interesting recipe. Putting cake and meat together seems like an unusual idea but it does sounds tasty and delicious. And it's also good that the recipe is healthy.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 18, 2013:
I've never heard of steamed cake with a meat filling, either. The recipe sounds intriguing and tasty! Thanks for sharing it, Ingenira.
Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on May 18, 2013:
What an interesting recipe. I've never thought of putting meat and cake together. I will have to try it.