Monday, 16 May 2016

Sunflower Black Glutinous Rice Chiffon Sponge & Pudding Cake

I made this black glutinous rice sponge and pudding cake for my mum's birthday :)

It's my first humble attempt at making a mini tiered sponge and pudding cake. 4" cake on top of a 6" cake. You may refer to this post for the details on how to make the pulut chiffon sponge and pudding from the pulut hitam porridge itself. That post has a very detailed description so I will not go into details here. I have made black glutinous rice chiffon cakes before from black glutinous rice flour. However, this flour is not easily available in Singapore whereas packets of black glutinous rice grains are available in regular supermarkets. If you feel really lazy and don't want to go through the hassle of making the porridge, you may buy from your favourite dessert stall and make the cake with it. Adjust the amount of sugar added if you are using store bought porridge. My homemade version may be less sweet than what is sold outside.

This is a cake that came about much experimentation to get the right balance of strong pulut hitam flavour with complementary coconut milk, Pandan and gula melaka flavours. Victoria of Victoria Bakes tried out the pulut hitam porridge and chiffon sponge recipes with some minor adaptations and made a swiss roll. She highly recommends the recipe so do give it a try if you are a fan of pulut hitam.

The details on how to make the sunflowers can be found in our Creative Baking: Chiffon Cakes book so I will not type it out here. Instead of orange flavoured cakes, I used Pandan flavour. I made Pandan juice, let it settle in the fridge for a couple of days and used the clear liquid at the top for making yellow and dark brown sheet cakes, and the dark green portion for making the green sheet cake for the leaves.

Just to share some photos of the flower making process...

Thank God that the cake was very well received by both young and old. Grandma loves it because it is not too sweet. Brother loves it because it is not too light (yes not everyone loves the lightness of plain chiffon cakes). My elder kid who is not a fan of cakes in general had 3 helpings and my hubby with a picky palate says it's good.

With lots of love,
Phay Shing

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