Friday, 16 May 2014

Piggy Steam Cake

It's Friday again, we still cannot relax much this weekend, IT still has one last exam paper next Monday. LT has exams next week but his are minor tests, which won't take up much revision time.

It's been a long time since my last attempt at steam cakes. This time, I made piggy steam cakes.

I used Morinaga pancake mix for this recipe. If you can't get hold of the pancake mix, you can click HERE for my other steam cake recipe instead.

I'm sharing the recipe for these piggy steam cakes below.


(makes 4-5 steam cakes)
150g Morinaga pancake mix
2 small eggs
30g sugar
45g milk
45g plain yoghurt
20g unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tbsp plain flour
1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
a little Wilton pink icing paste


  1. Whisk egg and sugar in mixing bowl.
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  3. Add in yoghurt and milk till well blended.
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  5. Stir in melted butter.
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  7. Sift in pancake mix and baking powder and fold till well blended.
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  9. Scoop 1 tbsp of batter from step 4, add 1/2 tbsp of flour. Add on some pink colouring using toothpick,  mix well.
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  11. Scoop 1 tbsp of batter from step 4, add 1/2 tbsp of dark cocoa powder,mix well.
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  13. Spoon mixture in step 5 and 6 in pipping bags.
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  15. Fill cupcake cups with remaining mixture, fill till around 70% full. Tap cups lightly to remove air bubbles.
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  17. Pipe on piggy details, start with the pink batter, followed by brown batter.
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  19. Steam cupcakes over preheated steamer on low heat for 12 minutes. When steaming, please cover pot lid with a cloth, to prevent water from dripping onto the cakes and spoiling the designs. 
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  1. The cutest. - a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired.

  2. 哇!圆鼓鼓的,好漂亮!!

  3. So cute and yummy! Going to try this steamed cakes soon!

  4. I miss steam cakes and these are soooo cute and looks yummy!:)

  5. These are adorable! I've been making them for my bento lunches and really love how they taste!

    As an American reader without access to moringa pancake mix I have found that any old normal pancake mix does the job just fine. At my local grocery store I can find generic mix that comes in a 156 gram bag that works perfectly! I also think using vanilla yogurt adds an interesting layer of flavor to the cakes.

    Also, how would you recommend storing these cakes? Do they keep well in a refrigerator? I didn't put them in a refrigerator when I made them and they went bad faster than I could eat all of them, but that may be because I am living in a non air conditioned dorm room, and it gets really hot in here!

    I have tried making them twice now, and have really enjoyed them each time, so thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I did mention them briefly in my blog
    here when going over one of my bento boxes, but I made sure to link back to your recipe and give credit!

    Over all, I love you blog, especially your cute baking recipes, and I can't wait to read and try more!

    1. Thank you so much for the info, Caitlin. I've often get questions on whether they can be replaced with regular pancake mix but I've yet to try it out. Now, I know it works. They have to be refrigerated if they are to be consumed the following day or so. They taste best when slightly warm, so you can steam or microwave them just b4 eating.

  6. Hi, can I use any pancake mix? If I do not want to use butter, can replace by veggie oil? Thanks.. Shirley

    1. Yes, butter can be replaced by vegetable oil. As for pancake mix, I've yet to try others, but from the comment above yours, seems to work well too.

  7. Hi, the batter seems a bit sticky and thick when I try to pipe on the design, but I've followed all the measurements. Is it supposed to be like that?

    1. Hi! Not sure about the sticky bit as I did not touched it with my hands. It is a little thick but still can be poured kind of texture. If you followed the measurements, it should be ok, as I've received successful feedbacks from people who tried. :)

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  9. I tried to make this but my designs just sank to the bottom... i'm not sure why this happened.. Pleasee helpp!!

    1. Most likey it's due to you pipping mixture being too thin. Please only use gel colourings and thicken with flour as in the recipe.

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  11. Hi, can I know which brand of Cocoa powder you are using? I bought Hershey Cocoa powder but my batter become sticky and not watery that I can use for designing. Thanks.

    1. I'm using Hershey too. The batter does becomes thicker but should still be able to draw. You can try to reduce the powder a little. But the batter cannot be too watery, else the drawings would disappear after steaming.

  12. Yours are just adorable.. you'll have a look at mine and laugh your heart out!

  13. Hi, can I know if I want to make 1/2kg size of this design how much ingredients that I need ?

    1. Probably times 2 of all the ingredients.

  14. hi...I have bought the wilton icing to storage the icing paste after opening?
    from : tracy

  15. Tap cups lightly to remove air bubble mean what? What mean tap cups?

    1. Use your fingers to tap the cup.Or use a toothpick to poke the bubbles.

  16. How many days these cupcakes could be stored?

  17. So cute❤️❤️But how many days could these cupcakes be stored?

    1. Ard 3 days in fridge but heat up b4 serving


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