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No Bake Chocolate Cake

Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake
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Not many people can resist a good piece of rich chocolate cake, and I am no exception. Today, I am sharing with you my friend CP Choong’s recipe, a no bake chocolate cake recipe. (You can check out the regular baked chocolate cake recipe here.) Yes, you don’t have to bake the chocolate cake…in this instance, the chocolate cake is steamed, yet it retains the buttery richness, plus it’s also moist and decadent.

While oven is in almost every household here in the United States, back in Asia, not every home comes with an oven. I remember when I was growing up, my late mother would only bake once in a blue moon, probably once a year, before Chinese New Year. We had a very old-fashioned oven, a big around device that is stainless steel, with a big round cover. It did its job well and we would bake Chinese peanut cookies in it. For the rest of the year, we kept the oven in the storage until the next year before Chinese New Year again.

Steamed Moist Chocolate Cake

Anyway I disgress.

I meant to say that this no bake chocolate cake is great if you have no oven. Everyone loves chocolate cake and you can still enjoy it without investing in an expensive oven. You just have to steam it in a steamer for 45 minutes and you have a moist chocolate cake. It’s really delicious and people might not even know that it wasn’t baked. This no bake chocolate cake also comes with a chocolate fudge topping, which makes the chocolate cake even moreĀ irresistible. To jazz it up even more, add some berries such as blueberries and strawberries and you have an excellent looking chocolate cake to impress everyone. Look at these pictures, can you say no? Happy steaming your cake and enjoy!

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  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

    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

    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. Amanda

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

  5. Sanity

    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.

  6. 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?

  7. Sanity

    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.

  8. Shirley Teh

    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.

  9. angie

    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.

  10. Gina

    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?

  11. kwen

    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

  12. FeeLeng Farn

    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.

  13. Chanel

    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..

  14. Mayflowerwitch

    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.

  15. Madeline

    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?

  16. Rosalind Yee

    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.

  17. Mxine

    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.

  18. JJ

    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?


  19. JJ

    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

  20. archana

    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.

  21. Angie Wheatley

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

  22. Hong Loo Ling

    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.

  23. 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?

  24. ghytri

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

  25. Raqz

    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 !

  26. Jenny

    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.

  27. Alice

    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 .

  28. Ramlah

    I found a treasure trove of recipes here! Thank you so much Bee… I tried your No bake chocolate cake and it turns out perfect!… I gave some to friends at work… One friend brought back and gave to her husband and son… now asking for your recipe!…

  29. Lily

    It’s so good, very moist and chocolatey. Too lazy to make the topping so I drizzled Hershey Choc Fudge instead. And it being no-bake means less oily washing..

  30. Lily

    It’s so good, very moist and chocolatey. Too lazy to make the topping so I drizzled Hershey Choc Fudge instead. And it being no-bake means less oily washing..I used brown sugar and no rum.

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