Steamed Chocolate Spongecake

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We got this Tefal steamer a few months ago and it has made our cooking easier without the effort of having to do stir fry and wash the huge wok. I am not sure which of us have thought it first but husband and I wanted to try make some steamed cake. He searched a simple recipe and we tweaked the ingredients based from our preference and what we have on hand.

We are not bakers so it’s our first time to handle flour and baking powder. We were like little kids experimenting in a cooking lab. While the cake steamed, we waited anxiously. Finally the timer rang and we dashed off and found to our amazement the soft fluffy spongecake! It was good until we dug deeper and found the bottom to be uncooked. Because our cake was a bit big, the cooking time needs to be longer. Nevertheless, we had fun making and eating the cake. :)

We tried to make the steamed chocolate spongecake again and this time it was a success. Hopefully there will be fillings next time! Sharing our version of the recipe inspired by the recipe at Kate From Scratch (thank you!)


  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Hersheys cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp. sugar (natural unrefined cane sugar)
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil


  1. Combine flour, baking powder and cocoa powder in a small bowl; whisk 20 times.
  2. Put egg, sugar, milk, olive oil in another bowl; mix well until combined.
  3. Combine the flour mixture and the egg mixture; mix well until smooth (Optional: Add additional ingredients like chocolate chips or nuts and mix until combined.)
  4. Add the batter evenly inside small dishes or ramekins.
  5. If you don’t have a steamer, this is how Kate From Scratch prepared it: In a large saute pan with a tight fitting lid over high heat, add water until two thirds filled.  Bring to a boil then reduce heat to simmer the water gently. 
  6. Steam time depends on the size of the batter. If you divide it into 2-4 small dishes then the timing will be around 8 minutes. In our case we used a large bowl for the whole batter so the cook time will be around 11-13 minutes.
  7. It is done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean without the wet batter.

Have a try this weekend and share your own version of the recipe. Enjoy!

Update: Actual photo of the spongecake. A bit messy because we mixed the batter inside the bowl and just put it in the steamer. Lazy us.

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2 Responses

  1. Emie

    Sounds interesting especially since it didn’t take that long to cook… which size of steamer do you have? The small one looks great since there are only 2 of us to cook for. What other foods do you cook in it?
    Any pictures of your cake? Thanks for sharing!!!!

  2. Elisa Choi

    Hi, Emie! Thank you for your comment and for dropping by. It is good for two persons and I think it’s a one size model. We cook anything in it for our lunch and dinner. We steam all kinds of veggies, chicken, pork, fish and even steam eggs rather than boil. Of course I need to take note of steaming time so a little bit of research is needed but usually for protein is about 25 mins while veggies 10-12 mins only. It is a convenient steamer instead of filling the pan with water to do the steaming.

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