Wednesday, 14 March 2012

cupbread 杯子蒸面包

前几天在图书馆借了一本新书:《松软可口!Cupbread - 杯子蒸面包》(おいしい蒸しパン)。

之前看过好多网友都做了类式日式蒸蛋糕,但我都没试,我对蒸蛋糕真的没什么兴趣。不过看了这本书后,被里面各式各样,小巧very kawaii 的蒸糕吸引住了。况且作法超简单,用料也不多,不好吃也没关系啦!




At the beginning of the year, I told myself, I should get out of my comfort zone and try a new bake at least once a month. So for this month, the new item on my 'baking' list is none other than Steamed Cupbread, or commonly known as mushi pan (蒸しパン), a Japanese steamed cupcake.

These steamed cupbread or cupcakes are very simple and easy to put together. All you need is a hand whisk to stir the ingredients together. I made a couple of them topped with pork floss and they turned out nicely domed...I had expected them to crack like huat kuih, lol!

These steamed cupbread tasted just like the traditional steamed sponge cakes...although they tasted less sweet. The texture was not fluffy, yet not as dense as kuih. I didn't really like the eggy smell, but those topped with pork floss were not bad. They certainly taste better when served warm. I reheat them by steaming for about 5mins and they were as good as freshly made ones. I can't say they were not delicious, but I have yet to fall in love with them. I'll have to try out other flavours, with fruits and nuts or savoury ones in order to decide...

Basic Cupbread 杯子蒸面包

(makes 4 if using 7cm by 3cm paper cups)

1 large egg
40g caster sugar
60ml milk
100g cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

some pork floss as toppings

  1. Place a steam rack in a pot. Wrap the lid with a tea towel. Fill pot with water (fill just below the rack) and bring water to a boil. (Note: The lid is wrapped with cloth so as to prevent condensed water from dripping over the cupbread.)
  2. While the steamer is preheating, whisk egg in a mixing bowl. Add in sugar, beat till sugar dissolve. 
  3. Add in milk, whisk to combine.
  4. Sieve over cake flour and baking powder, whisk to combine. 
  5. Add in vegetable oil, stir till mixture becomes smooth.
  6. Pour mixture into paper cups (or pudding moulds or ramekins lined with paper liners) till 70-80% full. Sprinkle top with some pork floss (about 1 teaspoon).
  7. Place in the steamer and steam over medium-high heat for about 12~15mins or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from steamer and let cool on wire rack. Best served warm.
Recipe source: 松软可口!Cupbread-杯子蒸面包 by Akemi Komatsuzaki


  1. These little cupbread are so adorable~:D

  2. 加了肉松的蒸面包看起来很可口,甜甜咸咸的很开胃。。。:)

  3. They look very cute and good. I tried steamed banana muffins and I wont say they are not nice but just like you havent fall in love with steamed types.

  4. Amazed that you write both English and Chinese so well.

  5. HHB, I loan this book too and was about to try it and you beat me to it. Hhahaha..

  6. Lovely... This looks v healthy.

  7. i am going to make it someday!!!

  8. I am in love with your cake cases, where do you get them from, if you don't mind sharing?

  9. thanks for the english translation.very much appreciated cos dont know chinese. very nice cake. going to try one day

  10. May I know where did you buy the polka dot dome? :)

  11. Gosh!!! Drool! These cuppies are sooo lovely! Love the pork floss de :p

  12. Yummy Bakes, nah, the true fact is, I can't write well in either languages!

    Edith, looking forward to your cupbread :)

    Hi Jehanne, Anonymous, I got them from Sun Lik (at Seah Street), but that was sometime back a year before...this design may not be available now...

    Ellena, I was inspired by your mushipan!

  13. a healthy alternative from a normal cupcake. gorgeous...

  14. Your cupcakes rose beautifully and the domes are all so evenly shaped ! Lovely !

  15. Interesting! and the domes look soo cute!

  16. Lovely!! May I know for the pork floss version, when do you add the por floss? Thanks.

  17. Hi, add the pork floss after pouring the batter into the paper liners, just before steaming.

  18. Thanks!! Will attempt this lovely mushipan! Thanks for sharing again. :)

  19. Hi HHB-thanks for the info, will scour through their shop this weekend..:-)

  20. Hi Jehanne, I saw similar ones, just the pink ones over at Phoon Huat (Bencoolen Street) this morning, you may want to hop over if you can't find them at Sun Lik.

  21. I tried this recipe but my bread didn't rise at all and it was quite dense.

    Any idea?

  22. Hi, not sure what went wrong? could it be due to your baking powder?