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Steamed chocolate cake

Recipe adapted from .You can find the original recipe here


  1. All purpose flour
    3/4 cup
  2. Sugar
    1/2 cup
  3. Cocoa powder
    2.5 tbsp
  4. Baking soda
    1/2 tsp
  5. Salt
    1 pinch
  6. Instant coffee powder
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp( optional)
  7. Water
    1/2 cup
  8. Oil
    2 tbsp
  9. Vanilla extract
    1 tsp
  10. White vinegar
    2 tsp


  • Lightly brush the sides and bottom of the baking tray with oil.Line it with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl,whisk together all purpose flour,sugar,cocoa powder,baking soda,salt and coffee powder(if using).Keep aside.
  • In another mixing bowl,combine together water,oil,vanilla and white vinegar.
  • Add this to the prepared dry ingredients.
  • Mix gently with a spatula ( or a whisk), just until combined.Do not over mix.
  • Immediately transfer this to the prepared cake pan.Do not fill more than half of the pan.
  • Cover the top loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
  • Place the cake pan in the steamer.Cover the steamer and steam for about 40 minutes,or until a skewer inserted into center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake pan from the steamer.Allow it to cool completely .Then carefully run  a knife around the inside edge of the pan,and transfer to a serving dish.
  • If wished decorate with chocolate ganache.
  • Line the sides and the bottom of the cake tin with parchment paper ,for cleaner sides.I did not line the sides of the pan and as you can see the sides are not that pretty.
  • You can also bake the cake ,if desired,Bake at 180 deg c for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • I used whole wheat flour for the cake( in the pic), the texture will be much better than this ,if you use all purpose flour.
  • You can double the recipe for an 8″ cake.
  • Allow it to cool completely before slicing  with a serrated knife.For perfect slices ,chill the cake in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

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  • Reply
    Vimitha Durai
    August 28, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I am gonna try this soon. Loved the texture

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    August 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Me too..really feel lyk giving dis a try..will let u knw d result..:)

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    Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi
    August 28, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    me too will try this. everyday with so many recipes tempting and challenging the cook in me I am undecided as which one to try first. This looks moist and delectable. a must try.

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    Happy’s Cook
    August 28, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Yummy and tempting chocolate cake..

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    Rumana Rawat
    August 28, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Looks so soft and highly tempting…

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    August 28, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    this is divine.. just like the one they serve in cafes

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:16 am

    so tempting.. Very soft. and love to hv slice

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    August 29, 2013 at 6:26 am

    tis ss soo yummm.. bookmarked

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    Priya Suresh
    August 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Spongy and chocolatey cake, looks very soft and fantastic.

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    September 30, 2014 at 7:14 am

    whats white vinegar?is it the ordinary vinegar that v use in households?

    • Reply
      October 17, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Yes you can use ordinary vinegar..

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    December 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Can I skip the vinegar?

    • Reply
      December 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Hi Sowmya
      here vinegar acts like an egg substitute…it reacts with baking soda and makes the cake light and fluffy…so it is essential in this recipe….
      however, you can substitute vinegar with lemon juice.

      Happy cooking


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    December 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I tried this with lemon juice and it came out pretty well… i had to steam it for almost 55 mins…

    • Reply
      January 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Thanks Sudha!!Glad you liked it!!


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    May 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Can convert the measurement cup to gram for those ingredients? Tq

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    April 13, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Do I need to powder the sugar or use it as crystal?

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    April 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    yes you can use crystal sugar

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