No Bake Chocolate Cake
September 20th, 2013 75 Comments

No Bake Chocolate Cake

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Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake


Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Makes 1 cake | Prep Time: 15 mins | Bake Time: 45 mins
Adapted from Cooking Crave
Contributor: CP Choong


180g (6.3 oz) Butter
200g (7 oz) Castor sugar
200g (7 oz) Full cream evaporated milk
2 Eggs, slightly beaten with fork
100g (3.5 oz) Plain flour / All purpose flour
50g (1.7 oz) Cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp Vanilla extract / 1 tsp Vanilla essence
2 tablespoons Rum (optional)

Chocolate Fudge Topping

200g (7 oz) Condensed milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract / 1 tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp corn oil
20g (0.7 oz) Cocoa powder, sieved
1 pinch of salt


Combine castor sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla extract/essence and butter in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted, remove from heat and keep warm.

Add beaten eggs into the slightly cold evaporated milk mixture and stir till well mix.

Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda into a large mixing bowl, then pour the eggs mixture over the flour and stir till well mix ( cake batter should be runny)

Heat up steamer.

Lined and greased an 8 or 9 inch round baking pan.

Pour the batter into the lined pan and place the pan into the steamer and cover the top of the pan loosely with a piece of aluminium foil.

Cover the steamer and steam over medium heat for 45 mins.

Cool the cake in pan before turning out for further decoration.

To make Chocolate Fudge Topping:

Combine the sieved cocoa powder, condensed milk and oil.

Stir over low heat till thicken.

Add in salt and vanilla extract or essence.

Cool the chocolate topping a little before spreading on the cake.

Refrigerated before serving it.

Cook’s Note:

You may substitute the fudge topping with ganache, icing sugar, frosting etc.

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75 comments... read them below or add one

  1. Divide!! My mom and aunts back in Bentong, Pahang steams all sorts of cakes during our childhood. This brought back sweet memories :)

    ps: i sent you an email a long time ago, did you receive it? just curious, nothing urgent.

  2. Tuty says:

    I like this recipe because it doesn’t require electric mixer either.. am I right? I wonder if this will work with rice cooker instead of the conventional steamer. Your thoughts?

  3. Tsu Lin says:

    HI CP Choong and Bee,

    The cake looks marvellous and although I have heard about steamed cakes, I haven’t actually tried any! I would love to do this, your photos are just too tempting!

    I have a question : Would it work the same if I use Green Tea powder to substitute the choc powder? I would love to make green tea cake one day and wondered if this could be replicated using this recipe?

    many thanks.

  4. Jerry Lee says:


    Good one. Have to try it.

  5. Amanda says:

    Amazing recipe! I tried it today – ez and fast ! The result was moist and delicious goodness! Yum!! My hubby gave it 10/10 :)

  6. vwoods16 says:

    Where could I get a steamer? I would love to try this recipe.

    Thank you.

  7. Sanity says:

    Hi, baked this cake today in a rice cooker. Turned out wonderful n it tasted divine….i just roughly eyed balled the measurements given….its a fail proof recipe n a def keeper. I did not make the fudge n used nutella instead. Would like to experiment with diff flavors soon. Thank you for posting yet another amazing recipe.

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  9. niv says:

    I have an oven but no steamer… can this be baked, then?!

  10. Will Yap says:

    Hi, I have the same question as Tsu Lin, I am not really fond of chocolate. Green tea flavour would be more ideal for me. Can I use green tea as a substitute in the recipe?

  11. Sanity says:

    Just to let the few of you who are wondering if this recipe works with other flavors. I just tried adding 3 med mashed bananas n 1.5 tbs choco chips today. Came out just gorgeous. Im quite certain now that any flavor might just work. Thank you bee once again for sharing this fail proof recipe.

  12. Shirley Teh says:

    Hi Bee and CP,
    Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome recipe. I hv made this 3 to 4 times and its always turned out great. My hubby said its was a great chocolate cake. My girl and her friends loves it. They do not believe its a steam cake. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you. Have tried some of your other recipes too and it was great.

  13. angie says:

    Technically speaking, we can use a rice cooker to cook, steam, and others if we wish for. Happy “baking” and thank you for the recipe.

  14. Maribel Raymundo says:

    This looks delish! Im definitely going to make it! Thanks for the sharing!

  15. Hannah Josephine R. Aranda says:

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! Godbless.

  16. Gina says:

    Can I know if I want to use my rice cooker to steam it, how should I start putting the cake tin in? When the water starts to boil or I put it in and then start the rice cooker and time it for 45 mins?

  17. kwen says:

    HI Bee & CP,
    thanks for sharing, the cake is gorgeous! very soft & moist.. & hardly need any equipment, just wondering have anyone tried substituting the cocoa powder for other flavor?
    Thanks again to anyone who can share some tips

  18. FeeLeng Farn says:

    Great recipe, I made this for CNY. The cake was really moist even after 3 days in the fridge. Satisfied for my cravings for chocolate cake. Thank you. Will pass this on to others.

  19. marta bonilla says:

    HiI really like your recipes, which is castor sugar

  20. poisinkandy says:

    This makes the house smell WONDERFUL! great idea for the next time the oven is occupied.

  21. Chanel says:

    Thanks for sharing this.. By far the best no bake cake i made.. I am have tried alot of recipes out there! Kudos! It was moist and spongy, considering i cooked it in the rice cooker for 45mins.. Thanks again..

  22. Mayflowerwitch says:

    The recipe doesn’t state when to add the sugar/vanilla/butter mixture. I assume you add it in with/after the egg?

    • Yes, it’s in the first two sentences of the recipe:

      Combine castor sugar, evaporated milk, vanilla extract/essence and butter in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted, remove from heat and keep warm.

      Add beaten eggs into the slightly cold evaporated milk mixture and stir till well mix.

  23. Celena says:

    Hi..can I replace evaporated milk with fresh milk?

  24. Ivy says:

    Hi Bee, my cake doesn’t raise.Would it due to I use non stick pan?

  25. Madeline says:

    Hi! I’ve never bake before and thinking of trying out your recipe. Is it a must to put both baking powder and baking soda? Can I just put either one but increase the quantity?

  26. Rosalind Yee says:

    Hi Bee, I tried your recipe last weekend. It’s great with just too sweet for my liking. I’m thinking of reduce the sugar consumption in my next trial but afraid will have too strong cocoa and makes it bitter. Any idea to have less sweet? Another, why my cake top looks very black (like charcoal) even i’m steaming it instead of baking? Am I putting too much cocoa powder or over-steam it? Please advice. Thanks.

  27. Mxine says:

    Hi Bee, this looks great. Can we replace corn oil with say, coconut oil (for health issues)? Thanks and please keep up the great work.

  28. JJ says:

    Hi! I have a few questions, I hope you don’t mind.

    1) I have guests coming over (6), so I was wondering if this cake would be big enough to serve them all (with enough if people want second servings). Does this recipe work if doubled, or should I make two separate cakes?

    2) This is probably a dumb question, but what do I line the pan with? Parchment paper? Do I line both the bottom and sides of the pan?

    3) Oh, and can I make these cakes in small cake pans so they’re like individual little cakes? If I can, how do I know how long to cook it for?


  29. JJ says:

    I decided to try making the cake today so I wouldn’t be making it the first time when I have guests over. I made one cake, but the cake’s center was a little watery after steaming. I think maybe I put the foil cover on wrong (either too tight or too loose). Do you have any photos of how loose the foil should be? Thanks

  30. archana says:

    sooper moist cake, the best chocolate cake i have ever made. my otg cakes end up really dry. this is very moist and soft. love it and thanks a ton for this wonderful recipe.

  31. Malti says:

    Could I make it without the sugar or a natural alternative for sugar, such as dates?

  32. Angie Wheatley says:

    Thank You for this recipe. I tried it and it was great. This one is a keeper in my collection of recipes.

  33. karen says:

    Looks super moist and very tempting cake! I will try this next week. Thanks for sharing it!

  34. Hong Loo Ling says:

    Hi! Would appreciate if you can share some cake baking recipes using casserole on a stove as I do not have an oven right now. Thank you in advance.

  35. Jen says:

    Hi, may i know what type of equipment do i need to do this steam choco cake? This is my first time doing it.. So have no experience in it. Do i need to get cake ring?

  36. Jen says:

    Hi! can i use condensed milk to substitute from evaporated milk for the steam choco cake mix?

  37. Nix says:

    Hi, may I know if I could use the same recipe and make it into cupcakes instead?
    How long would I need to steam?

  38. ghytri says:

    Hi. I’m hoping you could help me out with this. What’s the difference between soda bicarbonate, baking soda and baking powder? Tia

  39. Raqz says:

    Hello ! I did try this and it turned out fairly good. I am doing it again tomorrow but I like to know if the butter should be salted or unsalted and when will the rhum if I like to put some be added? TIA and more power !

  40. Jenny says:

    I tried this today and though it was super easy and quick, the cake was denser at the base and it didn’t rise at all. My cake was inly about 1 1/2 inches high. Taste is good though but because it didn’t rise, I skipped the fudge icing.

  41. Anjali says:

    Hi. Do I need to put water in the steamer and cover the cake with foil…or just dry steam. Please explain

  42. Alice says:

    I found your recipe and just made half of the portion, reduced sugar and cocoa powder too . I love this recipe so easy no need mixer just stir well will do super easy . Am wondering is it possible to replace the flour to brown rice flour ? I will try . Thanks for your recipe . Easy make sure success steam cake .

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