I hardly steam any cakes as I prefer to bake them. My big steamer is at the basement as I find it too much hassle to take it out, clean it and then put it back again, but once a while it is nice to have something different from the usual oven-baked cakes. Actually I find steam cakes are moist and tender compared the bake ones and I should do it more often. Since the jelly mould is steam-proof I decided to make some steamed caramel cake. It is a bit like the Dates Pudding but instead of steam bakes this is steamed. It turns out really moist, delicious and a nice fragrant of the caramel. I am definitely going to make this again but a bigger one :)
1 stick/113 gram butter – room temperature
100 gram sugar
80 ml water
70 ml milk
160 gram flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
10 dates – cut into small pieces
1. Make the caramel. Put the sugar and water in a small saucepan and cook them over medium heat until it starts to turn golden brown. Watch it carefully because once the syrup turns golden it will darken very quickly. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
2. Line and greased the 2 jelly moulds. Combined the flour, baking powder, baking soda and mix it well. Set it aside.
3. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat until well combined. Pour in the cool caramel. Mix well.
4. Add in the flour in 3 batches alternately with the milk. Add in the dates and mix until combined. Pour into the jelly mould and steam for 35 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
5. Cool completely and serve it with some fresh whipping cream.
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