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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Baked Chinese Cake / "Kai Dan Koh 鸡蛋糕"

"Kai Dan Koh or Ji Dan Gao" is a cake that I grew up eating during my childhood times.  I love the spongy soft texture of the cake.  "Ji Dan Gao" is just more or less like a sponge cake.

I have tried searching for the recipe previously in the internet but most of the Kai Dan Koh was those steamed cake or of that "Ma Lai Koh".  Until one day as I was going through some of my cookbooks, I found this Baked Chinese Cake which is very similar to the "Ji Dan Gao" which Ive been looking for.


3 large eggs (cold)
140g caster sugar / granulated sugar
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla extract
70ml vegetable cooking oil 
160g plain flour
1 tbsp corn flour
1 tsp baking powder


Preheat oven to 180 celcius.  
Grease and lightly flour 10 baking moulds (the mould about 4" diameter x 1.5" height).

Sift the plain flour, corn flour and baking powder together.  Set aside.

In an electric stand mixer, beat the cold eggs, sugar and honey on high speed till mixture is light and fluffy (ribbon stage).  This takes about 8-10 minutes.

Turn down to low medium speed, slowly add in the water, thereafter vanilla extract and the vegetable cooking oil.

Turn off speed.  Using a spatula, fold in the flour mixture till combined.  Do not overmix.

Spoon the batter into the prepared greased flour moulds slightly till to the edges.

Bake for 15 minutes or till the cake edges are separated from the mould.  Removed from oven.  Let cool for 5 minutes before popping the cakes out.

                           Try it and see whether you like this version of "Ji Dan Gao".....
                            Well, this is my 2nd batch already.... 

** My friend were asking me whether can she bake this at a normal round pan.  I guess it can be done in a normal 7" or 8" round pan.... but have to greased and lined with a greased proof paper at the bottom of the pan and the baking time would be longer.



  1. Hi Mel, Wow! These Ji Dan GaoS look great & yummy! Thanks for sharing this recipe . It's also my childhood 'pasar malam' goodies too . It's been ages since I last had Ji Dan Gao . Now I can make my own , Thanks to you ;)

    1. Hi Kit
      Hope you will enjoy this Ji Dan Gao as much like I do too...

  2. Mmmmm.. this is best with a cup of kopi! I wish i can make this, but I'm too heavy handed, it'll never work. Guess I'll just have to look at yours or buy from the kopitiam since I'm back in my kampung ^^

    1. Lucky you.... balik kampung can have all the goodies hometown food.

  3. I haven't had this for a long,long time. Did you use the alluminium egg tart moulds for these cuppies?

    1. Yes Im using aluminium moulds for this kai dan koh. The moulds are slightly bigger than egg tart moulds.

  4. I have been looking for this recipe for a long time. Your cakes look like the real thing. Thanks!