For the past one year, I have been trying out numerous steamed cheese cupcakes recipes. However, all ended up in disappointment. The cupcakes shrunk after cooling down and the texture was dense. Surprisingly, my son didn’t mind it at all. He said the taste was good. He ate most of my failed cupcakes as a way of showing his appreciation for my efforts. How wonderful to have such a loyal supporter!!
Despite of this, I never loss hope and continue to search for a recipe that works for me. Finally, I succeeded with a recipe from a Facebook group (Mummies @ Homemade Meals for Children) shared by Suzanne Eng . The cupcakes turned out as what I wanted – soft (but not as cottony soft as sponge cake), moist and not too sweet. Most importantly, they rose nicely and didn’t shrink after cooling down.
Cheese after steaming has a milder flavour, which is different than what you will get from baking. These cupcakes have a light cheesy taste. It could be mistaken for Hong Kong style ma lai gao (马来糕), a type of steamed sponge cake that is on the menu of many dim sum restaurants.
The recipe called for sliced cheese. I used freshly grated cheese instead as I prefer hard cheese which has a sharper and pungent flavour over processed cheese. However, you are free to use either one. Both work for this recipe. I do not have time to experiment with other cheeses such as cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. But if you have done that, please let me know how it turns out.
Make sure you have sufficient water to last the entire steaming process as it is not recommended to top up water half way. You can use bamboo steamer, electrical steamer, Chinese wok or stainless steel pot for steaming. For stainless steel pot, wrap the lid with a piece of cloth to avoid condensation during steaming.
The steaming pressure must be maintained throughout the process. Hence, do not lift the lid during steaming as loss of pressure that resulting a drop in temperature will affect the outcome of the end product. At the end of the steaming, tilt the lid slightly to release the steam for a few seconds before removing the cupcakes from the steamer. This is to prevent the cupcakes from shrinking due to a sudden drop in temperature.
These cupcakes are a great snack for your little ones. They are best enjoyed while still warm. You can also freeze them for later consumption. Before eating, remove from the freezer, thaw and re-steam for 8-10 minutes until the cupcakes are soft again.
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